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.
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?
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
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?
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?
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.