5 Easy Steps to Clean Range Hood Filter

Updated: Oct 28


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Do you know how to clean a range hood filter and look after it properly?


Your kitchen has to have a good quality range hood for fire safety purposes. The hood fan is designed to lessen cooking aromas, grease, smoke, hazardous chemicals, and fumes while also cleaning the air. Range hoods won't be able to function well or last long, though, if you don't clean them.


To keep your hood in peak condition for many years to come, follow the instructions below for cleaning the filters.


5 Steps to Clean Range Hood Filter

Do you need some help cleaning your range hood? Mesh filters are the most common; however, it is also possible to clean charcoal filters and metallic grease filters.


Nevertheless, charcoal filters are often found in ductless range hoods and should be replaced after every few uses (usually every 1-3 months) to avoid a fire hazard.


Follow these simple steps if you want to clean a range hood:

1. Remove the Filter


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A reusable filter can be taken out by sliding it out or locating the latch that allows it to be popped out.

2. Prepare Your Cleaning Solution

Fill your sink with boiling water. Use a big saucepan or a heatproof glass baking dish if there isn't a sink accessible.


Add dish soap to the water (one to two tablespoons) and half a cup of baking soda, then thoroughly combine the mixture. Make sure the dishwashing soap's label indicates that it contains a degreaser.


Dishwasher detergent should also be used with caution. Some detergents include hazardous substances, including bleach, which could damage your hood's finish.

3. Soak the Filter

The filter should be submerged in the hot water solution. Let the filters soak for at least 15 minutes.


Don't scrub right now; let the cleaners do the tough work.


If you find yourself becoming sidetracked, attempt to get rid of it before the soapy water completely cools and the oil solidifies on the filter.

4. Scrub and Rinse the Filter


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After that, clean the filter of all the grease or food particles with a non-abrasive scrub brush. Before reinstalling the hood, thoroughly rinse with hot water.


Avoid using rough scouring materials, such as Brillo pads or steel wool to clean your filters since they might harm the finish.


There is a grain in every stainless steel filter. In order to achieve a sleek, smooth finish, scrub and dry in the direction of the grain.


This will also help avoid any scratches.

5. Dry it and Put it Back

Leave it to air dry or dry it with a microfiber cloth.


Can I Wash My Range Hood Filter?


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Yes, you can wash most filters in the dishwasher and sink to remove grease.

What Do You Soak a Range Hood Filter in?

When deep cleaning your mesh filters, metallic filters, or baffle filters, soak them in a solution of hot water, dishwashing liquid, and baking soda.


How Do You Clean a Greasy Range Hood Filter?

You can get rid of grease buildup on your range hood filters by soaking them overnight in a resealable bag containing one cup of regular household ammonia.


The following day, take out the filter and clean any dirt with an old toothbrush or scrub brush before washing it in warm, soapy water and thoroughly rinsing it.


Reinstall your clean range hood filter once it has completely dried.


[Read: Kitchen Hood Suppression System Inspection: What To Expect]


The Best Way to Clean Range Hood Filters

The best way to clean range hood filters is to follow the steps mentioned above. This grease filter gathers a great deal of dirt; therefore, by using the above-mentioned method, regular cleaning becomes a breeze.


However, deep cleaning can be slightly more complex. Do you think it's better to leave the job to the professionals?


B&W Fire Security Systems can help! If you need some assistance cleaning your hood, contact us today or visit our website.


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