How to clean your kitchen hood: tips and products

How to clean your kitchen hood: tips and products

Kitchen hood cleaning is important to guarantee proper operation and get rid of dirt and unpleasant odors. Find out about methods and products for effective cleaning. 

Regular maintenance of kitchen appliances and accessory tools is essential to keep them working well over time. Factors that may help in proper operation differ depending on the appliance in question. The kitchen hood is a potentially long-lasting, structurally solid element; however it does require adequate periodic cleaning.  

Hood cleaning operations should be carried out carefully and by following specific guideline-rules,  in order not to damage the hood and make it work properly. Let’s see what the best kitchen hood cleaning methods are and which products help maintain its characteristics.

Hood cleaning: why is it important?

The hood is the main appliance in treating air and eliminating odors, which is switched on when the hob is used for steaming, boiling, frying or pan frying. There are two types of hoods:

  • Duct out hoods, where the extractor fan extracts the air from above the hob and expels it through a duct, towards the outside environment.
  • Filtering hoods, where in addition to the extractor fan, there is a filtering system for organic molecules responsible for unpleasant cooking odors.

Regular cleaning is essential to keep extraction systems working efficiently: grease, dust or limescale build-ups in the kitchen hood ducts, drastically reduce the system filtering and extraction capacity. However, there is no need to worry: with just a few precautions and proper cleaning your hood will operate at its best.  


Hood cleaning: methods and products

To adequately clean your kitchen hood, you will need to follow some tips on surface cleaning methods and the use of suitable products.

Surface cleaning methods

Safety first. Kitchen hoods are equipped with moderate electrical power input, with currents and voltages that can be dangerous for humans: before starting cleaning operations, it is advisable to disconnect the power supply from the electric panel to prevent the risk of electrocution.  

Once everything is safe, you can proceed to carry out true cleaning operations.  The treatment of hood surfaces, usually in stainless steel or glass, may be a delicate cleaning step. Surfaces can  generally  be cleaned with non-abrasive cloths and non-corrosive neutral detergents, that do not compromise the surface structure and preserve its functional characteristics.  Alcohol or alcohol-based substances shall never be used with  stainless steelsurfaces.

With the right products, hood cleaning is fast and easy, without any worry about damaging surfaces or hood parts.