An Introduction to Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Kitchen exhaust systems can be cleaned through the use of different methods. There is a right and wrong way in offering this service. This article will briefly discuss and go over the correct way to clean a hood system. The initial step is the set up. All items are relocated from the cooking equipment. The pilots are then blown out. A funnel set up allows all the water to fall into a barrel or a plastic sheeting is suspended over the equipment. Keep in mind that every system can have a funnel set up.
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Once the cooking equipment has been covered properly. We can now contain the area we draped with plastic from a high point until the bottom is only 3 inches above the floor in front of the cooking equipment. This stops any water back splashes from contaminating your kitchen. The next step is the disconnection of the grease filters from the kitchen exhaust system and putting them where you are going to be cleaning them. If viable, soak them in a chemical solution in order to easily clean them later when you get to them. Now that we are set up, look for panels If there are any panels, proceed to open them and scrape out any grease. This process will be done to the hood as well. It is now time to proceed where the fan is installed. It is usually on the roof, however, there are many instances wherein the fan is located on the side of the building. One man should be armed with a shop vacuum who will stay at the hood at this point, ready to suck up the water. We can then proceed to flip the fan in a way that it will expose the ductwork and the fan blades. You should keep in mind that every fan has a hinge hook set up particularly for this purpose. After the fan is flipped, the fan blades and ductworks is then proceeded to be degreased and power washed. The fan is placed back after this procedure. The top inner part of the fan is now power washed and degreased. Depending on the equipment being used, all of this is happening while water is falling down into the ductwork at a rate of 2 to 5 gallons of water per minute. After the fan and the ductwork have been properly cleaned, it is now time to move on the kitchen hood. Begin to power wash and degrease the hood as necessary to make it clean. After the hood has been cleaned, the filters are power washed and degreased starting from the back side first and then to the front. After all has been done, return the filters back into the kitchen exhaust system and clean up all the remaining mess.