The extractor of the kitchen is one of the appliances that accumulate more fat with daily use. It is important to be very aware of its cleanliness, on the one hand, for reasons of hygiene at the time of cooking and, on the other, because an excess of grease in the hood can be dangerous, taking into account the high temperatures that are reached in this room and the proximity of the stoves.
A priori, the extraction cleaning is complicated by its situation, its complex cable structure and its apparently hermetic appearance. But, if we know how to do it easily, we can include the bell in the daily cleaning of the kitchen to avoid that the fat accumulates for months and the task then costs more effort.
We recommend that you follow the following steps to clean a range hood:
- Unplug the power(if possible)
- Extract the filters, where you will see that more fat accumulates. The grilles are easily disengaged with a few simple side buttons. Be careful when doing so because they will surely drip when handled. To clean them you have two options: insert them in the dishwasher or wash them by hand with a scourer, dish soap and some degreaser. If you choose this second option, you can soak the grills in soap and hot water for half an hour, so that the subsequent cleaning is more agile.
- Clean the outside of the hood: With a degreasing product (which should be tested before on the hood material in a discreet place), spray the exterior and remove the dirt with a damp cloth, then rinse. If there is a lot of fat accumulated in this area, you will need to take two passes. When you have given them, dry and polish the surface with a paper towel.
- Clean the interior of the hood: This area is the most sensitive of the appliance since it contains the extraction engine, so you should avoid spraying any product. To clean the hood, apply the product on the damp cloth and carry out superficial passages avoiding sensitive areas such as cables and light bulbs. Check the interior with kitchen paper to remove any remaining grease.
- Disinfects: If the hood has accumulated fat for a long time, it is advisable to disinfect the exterior and the interior. For this you can use ammonia applied on a cloth and go through all the corners. Dry and polish with a microfiber cloth or paper towels.
- Place the filters: Make sure before they are completely dry and there is no fat left to stain the rest of the bell.
For proper maintenance of the extractor, clean it inside and out at least twice a month and review the exterior every week.