The range hood in your kitchen goes through a lot with the preparation of every meal. Grease, steam and food splatters and lands on the range hood, which can eventually begin to look terrible. So how do you keep your range hood looking great for years?
Practice Bi-weekly Cleaning
Purchase a bottle of mineral oil to keep in your kitchen. Mineral oil is a natural cleaner that cuts through grease and tough grime without presenting any risk of damage to wood, aluminum or stainless steel.
To clean your hood range with the mineral oil, soak a clean, soft cloth with the oil. Rub the oil all over the range hood and let it sit for about fifteen minutes. After that time has passed, return with a clean, dry cloth and wipe the oil away. You should see all of the caked on grime coming off with the mineral oil.
Tip: If you haven't cleaned your range hood in a while or some of the grime won't come off easily, add a little bit of baking soda to the mineral oil and complete the process the same way.
Don't forget to clean the hood filter. This can be done very easily by removing it from the hood, putting it in a pot of water mixed with a few tablespoons of baking soda, and putting it on the stove to bring to a boil. Let it boil for fifteen minutes or so and then pour it into your sink. Rinse it well with hot water and then let it dry.
Have a Yearly Professional Cleaning
Each year, contact a professional to come out and clean your range hood. Although the hood may look spotless as you stand in your kitchen, the grease and grime that builds up inside the exhaust system can become a fire hazard and really begin to smell.
The professionals will be able to clean areas of your range hood that you can't see and will safely get all of the caked on grease and grime out of the areas that you can't reach and could injure yourself or damage the hood trying to get clean.
Prevent the Mess
To prevent the mess from occurring, make sure to use lids to cover your frying pans and pots. If you are cooking foods that cannot be covered while cooking, invest in some splatter guards. The splatter guards go over the pots and pans but don't completely enclose them. This will allow the air to circulate without letting the food and grease splatter out of the pots and pans.
Talk with your local hood cleaning specialist about getting your hood cleaned. He or she will be able to discuss the methods that are used and why it is so important to have it done each year.
For range hood cleaning services, contact a company such as Missouri Kitchen Pro's & Pressure Washing.