The Importance of Vent Hood Cleaning
You don’t have to own a restaurant to have a commercial kitchen. Hospitals and nursing homes, airports and government facilities, hotels, schools and even food trucks all have kitchens that can feed a crowd. It takes longer for grease to build up in a low-volume commercial kitchen, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore it altogether. After enough time has passed, a neglected school kitchen vent hood could become just as filthy as one in a high-volume restaurant.
Regardless of your kitchen’s size or the type of food your business prepares, your staff and guests in the building could be in danger if the vent hood does not have a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule.
A clean commercial kitchen vent hood…
- Reduces the risk of fire. Your vent hood traps as much grease and smoke as possible, which eventually accumulates into a thick, sticky layer of grease. When heated to a high temperature, the trapped grease could ignite and create an incredibly dangerous and fast-burning fire.
- Prolongs the life of vent hood components. Consistent cleaning and maintenance ensures the exhaust system operates at its peak performance. The best way to maintain the exhaust system is to clean its components, including weekly and sometimes daily cleaning of the hood filters, installing an access panel to allow for easy removal of combustible grease in the duct work, regularly inspecting and replacing exhaust fan belts as needed, and installing an exhaust fan hinge to increase the life of the fan and promote safety when cleaning and inspecting.
- Keeps your business open. If a fire inspector pops in for an unscheduled visit, your business could be fined or even shut down if the kitchen hood is not clean and well-maintained.
- Reduces kitchen odors. The dirtier a kitchen vent hood becomes, the less efficient it is at trapping smoke and cooking odors. These smells could then cause potential health risks to staff and guests.
- Lowers insurance costs. Insurance companies require commercial kitchens to be in compliance with all fire safety codes. Any violations can cause loss of coverage, an increase in premiums or even loss of business if forced to closed.
Routine system cleaning by a professional will keep the vent hood free of dangerous grease build-up, preventing fire hazards while prolonging the life of the components in the exhaust system. A system that is safely working at peak performance leads to a work environment that’s safer and more productive for your staff, while ultimately providing guests and patrons a clean, top-notch experience.