How to clean your range hood

Ryan M. Grambart
Founder & CEO - CopperSmith
Ryan M. Grambart

How to clean your range hood

Our range hoods, apart from looking great, do a lot of heavy work. They constantly filter polluted air, pulling airborne irritants out of your living space where they could harm your health.

Filtering all of that dirty air is bound to accumulate some grime, both inside the ventilation hood and on the exterior.

In this blog, you'll see step-by-step instructions for the regular cleaning and maintenance of your range hood and range hood filter. It's not much, but it will make a big difference in the long haul.

How do you clean copper range hoods?

Copper is a popular material selected for its attractive color and timeless appeal. Introducing copper accents, such as a copper range hood to your kitchen is guaranteed to make it look incredibly stylish. But you may be wondering how to keep your new copper range hood clean and looking at its best. 

Knowing how to take care of copper may seem a little tricky as it is sometimes prone to tarnishing. However, looking after your copper range hood and keeping it clean is much easier than you would think. One of the best things about choosing copper for your range hood is that it will retain a unique charm and patina, which means it will always look attractive. 

As copper is naturally antimicrobial it is capable of killing bacteria and has antiviral and antifungal properties. All that you will need to ensure your copper range hood remains the star of your kitchen décor is some warm water, a soft cloth, and some mild detergent. 

When cleaning your copper range hood, take care not to use an abrasive cleaner or scourer, as this could damage the surface of the range hood. Instead, you simply need to add some mild detergent to the warm water. Next, take your soft cloth, dip it in the detergent solution, and gently wipe it over the range hood. This will remove any dust, grease, or debris from your copper range hood without ruining its natural beauty.

How do you clean brass range hoods?

Brass range hoods add a traditional, rustic charm to any kitchen and are popular in both commercial and residential settings. Brass range hoods create plenty of visual impact, helping to enhance the look of your kitchen, while also serving a practical purpose. When you choose a brass range hood, you may wonder how you will preserve the beauty of the metal and keep it clean while cooking. 

Periodically cleaning your brass range hood is advisable to keep it looking as good as new and to ensure it remains an attractive addition to your kitchen. 

One of the best things about choosing one of our brass range hoods is that you will not need to use any harsh chemicals to keep it clean. This makes our selection of range hoods for the kitchen the perfect choice for anyone looking for eco-friendly kitchen décor and fittings. Our sustainable range hoods are designed to last, and the natural beauty of the brass means that it will be an attractive feature in your kitchen for many years to come. 

Carrying out a quick clean of your brass range hood on a regular basis is the best way to ensure it stays looking good. You may want to use a specialist brass cleaning product to clean up your range hood. However, using warm water, mild detergent, and cloth or sponge will get your brass range hood looking like new. Simply wipe over the exterior of the hood with the cloth using a mild detergent solution to remove dust, dirt, and grease in no time. This gentle cleaning method will preserve the patina of your brass range hood, and prevent it from becoming damaged during the cleaning process.

Enhance your kitchen with the best range hood

A range hood offers so many benefits for your home. The primary function of a range hood is to protect your home’s indoor air quality by providing ventilation while you cook and removing odors. But a range hood is also an attractive addition to your home. 

Choosing the perfect range hood for your home is a design feature in its own right in your kitchen and will become a focal point of the room. So, investing in the best range hood for your home is essential to benefit from both its functional and aesthetic features. 

Here at World CopperSmith, we have a fantastic selection of the highest quality range hoods for your kitchen. Now that you know how to clean your range hood and keep it looking at its best, it is time to shop for the perfect design for your home. We can create a customized kitchen hood that is made to your exact requirements. Simply use our 3-D configurator to select the materials and finish for your ideal kitchen hood, and we will create a 3-D rendering for you to see the finished design before you buy.Contact our team today to receive your custom quote, and let us create the perfect range hood for your kitchen.

Cleaning the outside of your range hood

As grease and other particles are kicked up from a pot, pan, or cast-iron skillet, some residue is sure to make its way onto the edges and outer surfaces of your range hood.

Cleaning the outside of your range hood is exceedingly easy.

How do you get rid of sticky greasy residue?

How do you get rid of sticky greasy residue?

To clear up greasy residue on your range hood, you'll only need a few ingredients:

  • mild detergent (or anti-grease dish soap)
  • hot water
  • thick paper towels or a soft cloth

Mix a small amount of detergent in a bowl of hot water, soak your cloth, and gently scrub at the grease on your range hood. Note that you don't need or want powerful grease destroyers - anything too powerful could damage the finish on your range hood. At most, grease-cutting dish soap is all you'll need.

After you've scrubbed away the grease, wipe your range hood down with clean water and dry. Try to avoid air drying, as this can cause oxidation.

Cleaning the underside of the hood

cleaning the underside of your range hood

With the exterior clean, it's time to turn to the underside of the hood, not the range hood filter itself but the area around it. Please note, this instruction is only for the stainless steel underside of the hood, not the decorative shell which may contain sealants and be made of other materials. 

Directly above the cooktop, this area can accumulate much more grime than the exterior of the hood. For this reason, you may want to use a scrubbing brush. Concoct a similar mixture as before, a mild detergent with warm water. Adding some baking soda can increase the power of the solution.

For really tough grease buildup, you can make a paste by adding baking soda to a pan filled with warm water until you achieve a spreadable consistency. Apply it to the buildup, wait half an hour to an hour, and then wipe it clean.

Alternatively, you can use a store-bought product like OxiClean or another gentle cleaning spray.

Repeat applications of your chosen cleaning agent until you've removed the grime.

Cleaning your range hood filter

Finally, the piece most crucial to the proper functioning of your range hood: the filter. The ventilation hood catches all of the airborne particulates that we're trying to keep out of our lungs, so it can accumulate an intimidating amount of gunk. But fear not, a few easy steps and your filter will be like new.

What is the best way to clean range hood filters?

How to clean range hood filters

Most range hoods will have easy handles or loops on the filter for removal. If you haven't been already, it's a good idea to wear gloves for this part, as the filter can be coated in grime.

Fill your sink or a pan with hot water, a bit of mild detergent, and a bit of baking soda. Then, submerge your filter. You want to let your filter soak for plenty of time, especially if you haven't cleaned it in a while. After a while, don your gloves and take a scrub brush to the filter, applying vigorous but not over-hard pressure.

If the grime is stubborn, you may need to empty the sink and refill it with fresh water, soap, and baking soda. A clean filter is well worth a bit of extra elbow grease.

How often should you clean your range hood?

Once a month is a good frequency for cleaning your range hood. This will ensure that the buildup is mild, so each cleaning session is easy and simple - not to mention it will keep your range hood functioning at optimal performance.

How do you clean stainless steel hoods?

In much the same way as any other range or oven hood! Create a mixture with a mild detergent and warm water, and then apply with a spray bottle or soft cloth (never a scouring pad or steel-wool), and wipe with the grain of the metal. Wipe clean and dry with a cloth or paper towel.

Does vinegar remove grease?

Does vinegar remove grease?

Vinegar isn't the best at removing grease. We don’t recommend using vinegar to clean any CopperSmith products. Instead, we recommend you clean them with our stainless cleaner or a mild soap detergent. 


Range hoods worth keeping clean at World CopperSmith

Once you see your custom range hood from CopperSmith, it'll be a no-brainer wanting to keep it clean. A greasy range hood is a common occurrence, but with regular cleaning yours can last forever and look amazing consistently. 

April 22, 2022