The kitchen is one of the main rooms in the house where you usually spend a lot of time. It is the place where you store all the food, where you prepare good food, and maybe even the place where you have meals with your family. For all these reasons, it is essential to clean it thoroughly to keep it clean. One of the things that needs to be maintained regularly and properly is the range hood. It’s one of the most used appliances, to absorb cooking fumes, but it’s also inevitably one of the dirtiest. Here are some practical tips to simplify its maintenance.
If the cleaning of the hood is essential for a good functioning, it is nevertheless particularly laborious. It is difficult to access certain parts of the hood where grease splashes are deposited. If you have a stainless steel model, baking soda can be a great help. Discover some natural methods to effectively clean your hood from the inside out.
To clean the exterior of the stainless steel hood, follow these instructions:
Unplug or turn off the hood so that it does not short out or run while being serviced.
Note that cleaning will depend on the material the hood is made of. In the case of stainless steel, for example, it is advisable to apply a specific product dedicated to it. Use a cloth in one direction only to avoid scratches or marks, thus removing any shine.
To clean the hood control and its components (buttons and display, if any), avoid using liquids that could be damaged by moisture. A dry or slightly damp cloth will suffice to keep them spotless.
It is very important to know how to remove the internal grease that has become lodged in the internal grease hood, because it is a very delicate task. Certainly, it is difficult to access all the parts that make up the appliance, but there are methods that will make this internal cleaning easier for you.
With a degreaser
Hood cleaning products usually include specific degreasers for cleaning stainless steel or similar kitchen materials.
Here are some steps to follow exactly to clean the hood properly:
- Spray the interior with the degreaser.
- Wait a few minutes for it to take effect (the product label will tell you how long it takes) and when the dirt has softened thanks to the product, then use a clean cloth to clean all the dirt.
- Repeat the process several times until you see that the inside of the hood is spotless.
With baking soda
Using this powerful degreaser and disinfectant is another very wise tip for cleaning the hood. However, be patient and willing, as this method requires more time than the first one. But, you will be really satisfied with its efficiency.
Here’s how to properly clean the hood with baking soda:
- Place two pans filled with water and baking soda on the stovetop.
- Turn on the heat so that the pans begin to boil. At the same time, turn on the range hood.
- The hood will absorb the steam from the pans, slowly dissolving the grease accumulated inside.
- Keep the pans on the stove for at least an hour for the method to be truly effective. If there is very little water left, you can add more water and baking soda, as you will need to be careful that the pan does not run out of water so that it does not burn.
- Protect the pan with paper towels so that they absorb any grease that might dissolve in the hood.
- Turn off the fire and clean the hood with a cloth inside.
- Finally, you can wipe with a cloth dampened only with water or white vinegar to remove any dirt and leave the area nice and clean.
How often should the hood be cleaned?
Quick Tip: We recommend that you clean the hood right after cooking. This way, you will perform daily maintenance and save a lot of effort when you start the deep cleaning. For the latter, it is recommended to do it every two months. If you do the daily maintenance, it will be much easier for you.
For this deep cleaning, don’t forget to dismantle the filters and to sanitize the surfaces both inside and outside, before reassembling them.
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