Why clean a commercial kitchen hood?

Posted on Oct 31, 2017

There’s a lot that goes into cooking a wonderful meal at a restaurant — research, gathering ingredients, prepping the food, cooking and clean up. However, the work doesn’t end there. Did you know that you should have your commercial kitchen exhaust system cleaned and maintained regularly to ensure the safety and longevity of your kitchen?

Exhaust system cleaning, which is also referred to as “hood cleaning,” is the process of removing the buildup in the ducts, fans, vents and hoods of commercial kitchens. Grease, dust and other particles accumulate in these systems, and, if not regularly cleaned, can lead to dangerous situations. Many kitchens in the United States and around the world have experienced fires or faulty ventilation systems due to build up in exhaust systems.

So how does the cleaning process work? The best option is to always hire a professional team to clean your exhaust system. They will know the best options for your machinery, including how often to clean and problem areas to pay attention to.

During the cleaning process, the system is scraped clean to remove buildup. It is then washed with a food-safe caustic chemical or high-pressure washed with hot water, depending on the area. This helps dissolve and collect grease and other contaminants.

Cleaners often finish the job by polishing the hoods, which not only improves the appearance, but makes the system easier to clean in the future.

When was the last time your kitchen exhaust system was cleaned? Is it time for regular maintenance? Schedule your appointment today.