If you are not aware, the kitchen exhaust fan is in most cases used nearly every time; as an important part of the household cooks for improving the quality of air circulation in the kitchen. These exhausts play a really important role by removing odors and smoke. Though it is used nearly every day, the grave mistake most of us commit is overlooking the exhaust fans while cleaning the kitchen. But in fact, kitchen exhaust cleaning is an extremely important thing to do.
Getting the job done
You might think that cleaning grease from the kitchen exhaust may not really be the most pleasant of tasks you have to do, but it is actually very important for maintaining hygiene and safe surroundings. The problem is that when the grease develops in the exhaust fan and ductwork, there is every chance for the fire to increase its intensity. Keeping your kitchen exhaust system extremely clean and grease-free alleviates the possibility of fire hazards and increase the performance of the exhaust system. So, here is how to go with kitchen exhaust cleaning.
For kitchen exhaust cleaning, first you need to unplug the exhaust or shut off the circuit at the breaker box, which supplies the power to your kitchen exhaust system. Then you have to remove the exhaust mesh filters and pour some boiling water on them for loosening of the grease. You may do this in a bucket or basin for preventing grease from clogging your kitchen drainage.
Remember to wear rubber gloves and a facemask for protecting your hands and face from the harmful fumes. You then need to soak the filters for one to two hours in a cleaning solution. The standard cleaning solution used is a mixture of 1 gallon hot water with ½ cup ammonia.
When rinsed, scrub the fan housing and blades using a kitchen scrub brush and then clean using water and ammonia solution. When wiping loosened grease from the housing and blades, it is best to use paper towels. After that, clean the exhaust fan with a cloth dampened with the prepared cleaning solution.
You need to clean the duct using water or ammonia solution and a soft sponge. Rinse grease from the sponge using hot water and repeat it until all the grease is removed from the ductwork. You will have to wait overnight for ensuring that the ductwork is completely dry before re-assembling the exhaust system.
That’s it! This completes your kitchen exhaust cleaning task.