Let’s be honest, when was the last time you cleaned your range hood filters in the kitchen? 6 months ago? Perhaps even longer? If you feel that your kitchen system isn’t functioning properly just like it used to be, then maybe it’s time to get your hand dirty and clean your filters.
Generally, if you don’t run a restaurant with a commercial kitchen, then you don’t really need to hire a kitchen cleaning company to get the job done for you. In this article, we will give you our top tips to clean kitchen rangehood by yourself.
1. Remove Your Filters
The first and foremost step here is to remove your filters from the range hood. When detaching the filters, make sure you check if it’s visible or not. If there’s any plastic or metallic cover above it, make sure you remove that first.
Most of the filters can be removed by either pop out or slide. If you face any difficulty in getting your filters removed, make sure to check the device manual for the instructions.
2. Soak The Filters In Hot Water With Cleaning Solution
The next step is to de-grease or remove the grease and grime from the surface of the filters by soaking the min hot water and cleaning solution. Make sure to use the utensil that’s large enough to accommodate at least half of your range hood filter.
Next, prepare the cleaning solution. Here, we recommend using baking soda and dish soap, as they both can easily be purchased and are effective in getting rid of all the oil that covers the filter surface. Pour a good amount of dish soap and ¼ cup of baking soda into the water, and stir it well. Be careful of the boiling water.
Once the solution is ready, carefully soak the filter in the solution. An expert recommends soaking the filter for at least 30 minutes for maximum effectiveness. You can let it sit longer if your filters require more cleaning.
3. Scrub The Filters
The next step in cleaning the kitchen rangehood filters is to thoroughly scrub the device. Although this step is not necessary, yet it will help remove the remaining dirt that got stuck in between the filter surface.
When scrubbing, use a non-abrasive scrub brush and add dish soap to your brush if required. Make sure to scrub each and every corner of the filter, until it looks better.
4. Rinse & Dry The Filters
Once you’re done with the cleaning, next is to rinse the filters with hot water again to remove the excess dirt that got surfaced up after scrubbing and let it dry. Since the filters are metallic, we don’t recommend using a blow dryer as this could lead to electric shocks. You can use a clean soft towel or paper to quickly absorb the water.
It may take up to several hours before the filters are completely dried up.
5. Replace The Filters
The last step here is to put your filters back into the range hood. You might want to clean the outer cover of the filter, i.e. the range hood as well, as sometimes, grease and oil and get accumulated there.
Be sure to clean your filters at least once every 6 months for minimal kitchen usage, and once every 3 months for heavy kitchen usage. Letting your filters get accumulated by all the grime and oil can greatly degrade the device’s efficiency and quality.