Hood cleaning is a necessary part of maintaining your kitchen. Your hoods over time get dirty and greases are likely to accumulate. If your hoods are not cleaned properly, the air inside your kitchen can be harmful to you and the people inside it. There can be elevated levels of carbon monoxide which is harmful to humans.
Commercial kitchen operators are mandated by law (NFPA-96 Standard) to have their kitchen hoods regularly inspected for compliance and so there is the need for their kitchen hoods to be cleaned at regular intervals. Other establishments like schools, hotels, hospitals, malls, and airports also need this service.
Exhaust hood cleaning requirements and best practices are outlined in NFPA-96 Standard section 11.4, including the frequency of cleaning for all the types of commercial kitchens:
- Monthly- These are for systems serving solid fuel cooking operations
• Quarterly- These are for systems serving high-volume operations, such as 24-hour cooking, charbroiling, wok cooking, etc.
• Semi-annually- These are for systems serving moderate-volume cooking operations
• Annually- These are for systems serving low-volume cooking operations, such as churches, day camps, seasonal business or senior centers
In other words, a house whose cooking is just three times a day may not need often kitchen hood cleaning than a restaurant which operates for 24 hours.
Compliance with this standard can help you stay in the business. It will also ensure safety for you and your household if your kitchen hoods are regularly cleaned. You can choose between scraping and pressure washing as methods to degrease them. However, it will still depend on the kitchen hood operator that you hired. They may recommend scraping at least once a month and pressure washing once in three months.
It is important to have your range hoods inspected and be maintained to fully enjoy the benefits they give to your kitchen. After all, range hoods are considered luxury investments so you must take good care of them properly.
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