How to clean and maintain your stainless steel kitchen hood
The hood makes an essential part of every kitchen. It removes smoke, heat, grease, and odour particles produced during cooking, keeping the inside air hygienic. To ensure that the hood is working properly, keeping it uncontaminated and maintained is a must. If you have spent on a good quality stainless steel hood, cleaning will be a breeze. But regular maintenance is still important, even if the canopy looks nice from the outside.
Even in high volume commercial kitchens, you will not need to deep-clean the hood daily. Depending on the volume and the type of food prepared, deep-cleaning once in a month or once in 15 days will suffice the need. While regular maintenance will keep the equipment in the best condition for longer, it is always suggested to get it serviced by a registered technician at least once in 6 months or a year as per your stainless steel hood supplier’s recommendations.
Cleaning the stainless steel hood
Washing the filter
First, ensure the type of filter that comes with your canopy. Metal or aluminium grease filters can be rinsed and reused but not the fabric or carbon filters. Follow the next steps to clear the metal filters from grease and food particles,
- Prepare the cleaning solution
You can buy a degreasing solution recommended by the manufacturer or prepare one with common ingredients like baking soda and degreasing dishwashing liquid. Add one or two tablespoons of the dishwasher in hot water with half-cup of baking soda. Mix it well, and it is now ready to use.
- Remove the filter by sliding it out or moving the latch to pop it out.
- Soak the filter in the solution. Completely submerge and let it soak for 15 minutes. You should remove it before the water cools down completely.
- Next, use a scrub (non-metal) to remove any grease or food particle that is still stuck on the filter.
- Wash with plenty of warm water and let it dry completely before placing it back in the hood.
Cleaning the surface
Keeping the outside and the inside surface free from grease and dirt is much simple. You can use a basic glass cleaner with degreasing properties or a spray-on degreaser to quickly complete the task. Use paper towels or cleaning rags. You can also mix one part vinegar with one part water to prepare a daily use degreaser for the canopy. Once you have the solution ready, follow the next.
- Spray the mixture on the surface, let it stand for 30 seconds and wipe off with a paper towel or soft wiping rag before it gets dry.
- You can also mix warm water with degreasing dishwasher liquid and use it with a soft sponge on the surface to scrub and remove grease.
- Once done, wipe off with a soft rag soaked in plain water and let it dry.
- For removing extra-tough stains, you might need to use a spray-on degreaser, particularly formulated for stainless steel. Let it soak on the surface for 15 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
If you wipe off the hood’s surface regularly, the chance of getting hard-to-remove stains will reduce considerably. However, while cleaning the canopy always keep these tips in mind,
- Do not use bleach or scouring tools on stainless steel. High-quality stainless steel is durable, but bleach and certain chemicals can destroy the smooth and sleek finish. Using coarse ingredients or harsh scouring tools can damage the finishing irreversibly.
- While scrubbing stainless steel, always scrub in the direction of the grain. If you take a close look, you will see that the brushed finish at the surface has faint lines in a particular direction. Always scrub or wipe with a soft sponge or brush in the grain’s direction to not damage the perfect finish.
To know more about cleaning your kitchen canopy, talk to your stainless steel hood supplier from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, or Perth.