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How Often Should You Wipe Down the Surface of Your Hood?

When was the last time you washed your range? And we don't mean the filters, either. This post will cover how often you should wipe down a hood.

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A range hood is one of the most important pieces of equipment in your kitchen, and it’s important to keep it clean and bacteria-free. But it can easily accumulate grease. Not just in the filters, but around the hood itself. Especially if it’s made of tempered glass. So, how frequently should you clean the surface of your range?

In this post, we will cover the range of maintenance. How to wash the surface of your hood, what items to use, and much more.

Image of a person washing the surface of a stainless steel range hood. Source: adobe stock
Image of a person washing the surface of a stainless steel range hood. Source: Adobe Stock

You should wipe down the surface of your range hood whenever you’re cleaning your kitchen. This will mitigate the amount of grease that gets stuck to the surface. However, if this is not possible, wipe down your hood and clean the filters every three to six weeks.

Why you should wipe down the body of your range hood

oilEventually, grease builds up on the hoods. How quickly and how much grease builds up will depend on the food you cook, the types and amounts of oils used, and the number of people who eat there. If a kitchen’s ventilation system isn’t cleaned often, grease and dirt can build up and make it less effective.

Also, grease buildup in kitchen exhaust systems can cause fires, lower the quality of the air inside, and make food taste bad.

How often to clean the surface kitchen range hood

Give the range hood a quick wipe-down every time you clean the kitchen. By doing so, you may reduce the accumulation of grease. If this isn’t an option, at least clean the hood and filters once every three to six weeks.

If you use your kitchen hood and filter regularly, you should clean them once a month. If you don’t use the kitchen much, once every few months should be fine. Even if you don’t clean the rest of the hood after cooking a holiday feast, you should still clean the filter.

If smoke remains in the room even when the vent is set to its maximum, it’s time to clean the hood. A blocked filter or greasy ducting might be the cause of this issue. The engine buzzing loudly or frequently is another sign that you must clean the hood. If your motor is much louder than usual, it is probably working harder. It’s possible that cleaning the motor or fan may restore proper operation.

What equipment do you need to clean your range hood?

First and foremost, have all the equipment and materials you’ll need handy; you won’t be able to remove the grime, stains, or grease without them. Consider some of the items below.

  • Sodium bicarbonate, often known as baking soda
  • Gloves
  • In a vinegar-based remedy (as a cleaning spray)
  • Kitchen degreaser or degreasing soap (you may use detergent or another kind of soap)
  • Cleaner, Dust Brush (with soft bristles)
  • Brush for cleaning (with strong bristles)
  • Towel for drying dishes or other kitchen use

Check out these three kitchen cleaning items I use all the time.

What’s a good degreaser for a tempered glass range hood?

Dish soap is the key to successfully cleaning tempered glass. Yes, your basic, daily dishwashing liquid. Here’s my favorite dish soap.

  • Contains 4X Grease Cleaning Power (cleaning ingredients per drop vs Dawn Non-Concentrated)
  • Dawn dishwashing liquid can even be used to clean items beyond the kitchen sink. Use Dawn dishwashing liquid to remove grease and grime from external car surfaces and the outer shroud of a gas grill
  • Powers away 48-hour, stuck-on food in seconds
  • America's #1 Dish Liquid (Based on Sales)
  • Refreshing Rain Scent

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What’s a good degreaser for a stainless steel range hood?

CLR Spotless Stainless Steel Streak-Free Cleaner is ideal for stovetops. This CLR spray cleaner is not only safe for many stainless steel surfaces but also simple to use on stovetops and grills, making it a one-stop solution for all of your cleaning requirements. In addition, it eliminates greasy buildup, burned-on food, and other types of dirt.

  • Cleans and Shines: CLR Spot-Free Stainless Steel Cleaner cleans and shines all stainless steel appliances including refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, stoves, countertops and barbeque grills. Removes dirt, residue and fingerprints
  • Easy to Use: This convenient aerosol spray is a one-step solution. Just spray lightly on cleaned surface and wipe with a soft cloth to maintain a bright and beautiful shine
  • Specially Formulated: CLR Spot-Free Stainless Steel Cleaner is specially formulated to be safe for use on all stainless steel cookware and appliances. It is recommended for sinks, microwaves, appliances, ranges and range hoods
  • Streak-Free Shine: Provides a clean, streak-free shine and shiny protective barrier. Removes fingerprints, streaks, spots, water lines - with no residue. Leaves stainless steel fingerprint-resistant
  • Fight the Clean Fight: CLR offers products for all of your household needs including Mold & Mildew Clear, Healthy Septic System, Spotless Stainless Steel, Brilliant Bath, and Clog-Free Drain.

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Tips to keep a kitchen range hood clean longer

A filter, designed to fit over the range hood’s fan, prevents greasy and food particles from entering the ventilation system.

The hood material affects how easy or difficult it is to clean the outside. Ventilation hoods and microwaves installed within cabinets are often made of stainless steel or painted metal.

To get rid of the grease, use a degreasing cleaning agent and a soft cloth, as is indicated for certain finishes. The final polish with a microfiber cloth and a drop or two of polishing oil will leave the stainless steel streak-free.

The hoods should be dusted once a week and given a thorough cleaning once a month to maintain a tidy look. Hoods made of copper or brass may be polished to a mirror finish or given a patinated antique appearance.

If you want even more tips and insights, watch this video called “How to Clean a Stove Hood Like a Pro” from the Debbie Nobodyneedstoknow YouTube Channel.

A video called “How to Clean a Stove Hood Like a Pro” from the Debbie Nobodyneedstoknow YouTube Channel.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do you still have questions? Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about how often you should clean your range hood.

What is a range hood?

The range hood is one of the most useful kitchen appliances. The range hood protects the kitchen’s air quality and simplifies cleanup by removing the polluted air directly above the cooking surface.

Do you need to clean a cooking hood?

Yes. To clean the outside, just soak a sponge or towel (we have several of our favorites) in soapy water and wash it off. There is no need to clean the filter every day; once a month should be enough.

Does extending my range hood to the ceiling make it harder to clean?

Yes. However, even if your ceiling is quite high, you may install a range hood that reaches the top of your kitchen. It is not necessary to routinely clean the whole chimney.

Conclusion

Now you know how often to clean your range hood. This is crucial in preventing the spread of germs and allergens in your kitchen. Additionally, as we mentioned above, if you have a tempered glass range hood and it’s not regularly cleaned, the grease buildup can become disastrous. You should check this every month or year, depending on how often you use your range hood, to ensure it doesn’t get dirty enough that bacteria can take hold easily.

This article covered why it is needed to wipe down the range hood, how often to clean the surface of the kitchen range hood, and the equipment needed to clean your range hood. Here are some key takeaways:

Key takeaways

  • The kitchen hood is useful for more than simply venting smoke and steam from the stove and oven.
  • Don’t forget to give the range hood a quick wipe-down when cleaning the kitchen.
  • Have all the equipment and materials you’ll need handy.
  • The functional elements of a range hood are its filter, circulating fan, and venting duct.
  • Components like exhaust fans, filters, ducts, and hoods must be preserved and cleaned to avoid liabilities and costly appliance replacement.

So, how often do you clean your range hood? And did I cover everything you wanted to know? Let me know in the comments section below (I read and reply to every comment). If you found this article helpful, check out my full blog for more tips and tricks in your kitchen. Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

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Author avatar - Roger Harris
Written By Roger Harris
Hey there! My name is Roger, and I've been selling range hoods for over six years. I now run this blog all about range hoods and kitchen ventilation! If you're looking for a new range hood for your kitchen, this is the place for you.

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