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Stainless Steel Range Hood Cleaning Tips
While cooking can be a fun and rewarding experience, most home chefs don’t look forward to cleaning the leftovers. This includes cleaning stainless steel kitchen appliances like range hoods, where pieces of food and grease often build up over time. Depending on the amount of build-up, a simple soapy sponge may not get the job done. In addition, you’ll want to make sure you clean your range hood the right way in order to protect your investment and keep your appliance looking good.
Read on to learn how to clean a stainless steel range hood, along with some easy range hood maintenance tips to help make the task easier in the future.
Range Hood Cleaning Basics
Before you start cleaning your range hood, you’ll want to do the following:
Observe the grain – Before you begin cleaning, make sure you know which direction to wipe. This way, you won’t scratch the stainless steel appliance’s finish.
Use a non-abrasive cleaning cloth – Microfiber and regular paper towels are both soft and safe options. Avoid using a stainless steel sponge, which could leave scratches on your range hood.
Basic Stainless Steel Cleaning and Maintenance
Dish soap mixed with water, glass cleaner or a solution of equal parts of water and vinegar are all ideal options for basic stainless steel range hood cleaning. These cleaners can get easily get rid of light build-up such as water spots and fingerprints; simply spray onto the target area and wipe away with a paper towel or cloth.
Cleaning Grease and Oil
Stains caused by oil are a more difficult challenge and require a stronger cleaner. Some moderate stains can be loosened and cleaned using a mixture of dish soap and water. You can also use ammonia or acetone-based cleaners, such as nail polish remover, which are gentle enough for stainless steel appliances. Soak a small area of a cloth or paper towel and wipe the stained area to remove grease.
If you’re still having a hard time loosening the grease, try rubbing it with baby oil, which softens the build-up.
Cleaning the Range Hood Interior
It’s just as important to clean the inside as well as the outside of your range hood. Remember to clean the following:
Fan – Use natural or household cleaners when cleaning the fan blades, and avoid spraying cleaners directly onto the fan so as not to damage the electrical components. Instead, spray the cleaner onto a sponge or cloth, then wipe the fan down
Lights – Before cleaning the lights, make sure you turn the range hood off and allow it to cool down. Then, remove the light bulb and clean it with cold water and soap.
Filter – First, check whether your range hood uses a washable filter or a charcoal filter. If your appliance uses a washable filter, you can clean it by hand using soap and water or in your dishwasher on a normal cycle. For range hoods that use a charcoal filter, make sure you first clean the mesh filter container with warm water and soap, then let it dry before placing a new charcoal filter inside.