Your rangehood is your kitchen’s best friend, and as such, it needs special attention from time to time. It absorbs oil and grease from the air, doing its best to keep your kitchen odourless while you’re cooking. To many Australian homeowners, who prefer light-coloured kitchens, it’s a way to postpone another renovation. No matter whether your rangehood has a stainless steel baffle filter or a mesh one, they all need deep cleaning from time to time. If the filters are cleaned properly, they can help prevent potential fire hazards,as we know that built-up grease and high heat are quite the dangerous combination. So without further ado, if you want to learn how to clean your rangehood filters, you’ve come to the right place!
Charcoal vs mesh rangehood filter
Before getting started with cleaning rangehood filters, it’s first very important to identify the type of filter or the rangehood filter material you have as this will determine your cleaning method. There are generally two types of filters on the market: charcoal and mesh rangehood filters. Here’s a bit more information about each of them.
A charcoal rangehood filter is just what the name implies – they’re made of carbon. These filters are used in ductless rangehoods. This means that the air inside the kitchen essentially gets sucked up through the filter, which then cleans it and releases it back into the kitchen. This type of filter is usually most prevalent in apartment buildings where ventilation is not always an option. Also important to note is that charcoal rangehood filters cannot be cleaned but need to be replaced on a regular basis for optimal functionality. It is suggested that you do this every few months.
There are also rangehood filters made of mesh, which are commonly used for ducted rangehoods. These trap smoke, bacteria, grease and other airborne particles into the filter, which subsequently needs to be cleaned. They are usually made of stainless steel or aluminium and can be subjected to several cleaning methods.
The cleaning process below is for stainless steel and mesh filters.
How to clean rangehood filters
Cleaning a rangehood filter may not be on your priority list, but it’s one way of ensuring improved safety, air quality and overall a more pleasant cooking experience in your kitchen. This is why rangehood cleaning is recommended every few months. So, if you’re wondering how to clean rangehood filters, here are the simple steps for doing so.
Step 1: Remove the rangehood filter
This will depend on the model of rangehood that you have in your kitchen. Ultimately though, they should either easily slide out, pop out, or in the worst-case scenario, need to be removed using a screwdriver. It’s important to take a look at the rangehood manual and see the best way to remove it for optimal rangehood filter cleaning.
Step 2: Boil some water
Using a tea kettle or a pot on the stove, bring the water to a boiling point. Hot water is an excellent method of removing grease from your stainless steel and mesh rangehood filter.
Step 3: Get your detergents ready
You can use liquid dish soap and baking soda for this. For the baking soda, around ¼ cup will be required.
Step 4: Submerge your rangehood filter in water
If you have a large pot, you can also submerge your rangehood filter here. Alternatively, you can use your sink and just use the plug to pour all the hot water into it. Once you’ve added the hot water, you can then add your liquid dish soap to the mix (be generous) and then slowly add the baking soda to the water. As a final step here, you are ready to submerge your rangehood filter. However, it’s advisable to exercise caution as you do not want to scald or burn your hands in the hot water.
Step 5: Let the rangehood filter sit for 20 minutes to an hour
You will need to let your rangehood filter sit in the hot water solution for a while before you can proceed to the next step. The reason for this is to give the hot water and detergents time to strip most of the grease off your rangehood filter. Although this is one step, it’s not the last step in the process.
Step 6: Use a non-abrasive brush to scrub the rangehood filter
Once the hot water solution has cooled down to around lukewarm, you can finally get your hands dirty and get to cleaning your rangehood filter thoroughly. Using a non-abrasive brush, start scrubbing the rangehood filter until the grease, food particles and trapped oil start coming off.
Step 7: Place your rangehood filter in the dishwasher (optional)
Once you’ve scrubbed your rangehood filter thoroughly, you can also place it in the dishwasher for an extra clean. Use the pots and pans setting, which typically uses a lot of hot water, and which is useful for getting rid of smaller grease particles you may not have been able to remove manually.
Step 8: Let your rangehood filter dry
Once you’re done with the main cleaning process of cleaning your kitchen’s exhaust filter, it’s best to let it air dry. Alternatively, you can use a dry cloth to help soak up some excess water. But the most important thing to keep in mind here is that your rangehood filter needs to be completely dry before placing it back on your rangehood. This will help prevent electrical shocks and potential hazards.
Step 9: Put your rangehood filter back in place
After your rangehood filter is completely dry, you’re ready to place it back in place in your rangehood so that you can use it once again.
Have your rangehood professionally cleaned
This type of cleaning chore sure sounds exhaust-ing. We won’t be surprised if it made you rethink whether or not your rangehood is that dirty. But we assure you that sooner or later you’ll have to get to this chore. And when you do, you can always rely on professionals to clean your rangehood inside and out. There’s a good chance that if the filters are due for a cleaning, the kitchen ducts and oven also need a good scrub. Consider booking a professional kitchen cleaning service in case you are too busy.
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One of the best ways to clean rangehood filters is to be thorough and take your time. Here’s what you need to know about cleaning rangehood filters in brief:
- Determine the type of material that your rangehood filter is made of;
- Charcoal filters cannot be cleaned and should be replaced every few months;
- Stainless steel or aluminium mesh filters can be cleaned manually;
- Soak the filter to loosen the build-up grease;
- Use a non-abrasive brush to scrub off grease and oil;
- After cleaning, you can also place your filter in a dishwasher for even better results;
- Make sure your filter is completely dry before putting it back in place;
- You can always hire cleaners to clean your rangehood filters and kitchen ducts professionally.