One of the areas you often ignore while cleaning your house is the kitchen exhaust ducts. It is understood that the kitchen ventilation system is not easy to dismantle to give it a thorough clean up. But, kitchen exhaust cleaning is very important, mainly due to the fact that grease tends to accumulate in the exhaust ducts over time, and if you ignore this completely, this might turn out to be a serious fire risk.
How to do kitchen exhaust cleaning on your own
It might be a smart idea to hire a professional house cleaning service provider to do the kitchen exhaust cleaning for you. However, if you have the time and necessary tools at your disposal, then you can do this on your own as well. Just follow these steps mentioned here.
First, you have to disconnect the source of power going to the kitchen ventilation system, especially the one to the exhaust fan. It might be a smart idea to turn the breaker switch off from the main power panel before you proceed with the kitchen exhaust cleaning. Do not forget to cover the stove with some old newspapers.
Remove the mesh filter from the ventilation system. You will probably find that it is fully covered with grease and other dust particles. This requires thorough cleaning using a strong cleaning agent like ammonia.
Use a big plastic basin, in which you can place the mesh filter. Make the cleaning solution by mixing about a bucket full of boiling water with a cup full of ammonia. Let the mesh filter remain soaked in this solution for a few hours. The ammonia will act on the grease stuck on the filter and will slack it off in about two to three hours.
Now, you need to remove the exhaust fan blades, which will also be covered in black kitchen grease. Place these too in the ammonia solution in the plastic basin.
Use a power steam cleaner to clean the opened exhaust duct properly. You can use the long stem and nozzle to reach as far as you can to clean the inside parts of the duct. Use a sponge immersed in the ammonia solution to clean the inside surface of the duct. Make sure that you scrub thoroughly and remove as much of the dirt as possible from the fan blades and mesh filter.
Use paper towels to dry the insides of the exhaust ducts, the blades, and the mesh filter. After making sure that they are completely dry, put them back and re-fit the ventilation system you dismantled.