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How Often Do You Need to Clean Your Commercial Kitchen Exhaust System?

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As you look for ways to ensure that your commercial kitchen is as safe as it could be, you know you need to keep the counters clean and that you need to handle your food correctly and in accordance with safety codes. However, how much time have you put into cleaning your exhaust hood system? Doing so is just as important as wiping down your counters, yet many restaurants don’t think of it. In many cases, the issue is simple: They’re not sure how to tell when they should clean it.

When is your restaurant open and when is it busy?

As you look for the right time to clean, start by thinking of your restaurants hours of operation and when you’re typically busiest. The harder it works, the more often it will need to be cleaned. In fact, there is a direct relationship between how many hours your kitchen is open and how much grease is going to build up in your exhaust system.

There are guidelines issued by the International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association that are specific about when kitchen exhaust systems should be inspected, cleaned, and maintained. They suggest that it should be done by a company that’s certified in kitchen exhaust cleaning and that the frequency will vary (partly based on the factors listed above) and range from monthly to yearly.

What do you cook in your kitchen?

Of course, operating hours aren’t the only factor that will give you a clue about how often you should clean out your exhaust system. You’ll also need to consider what you cook. A kitchen that uses solid fuels like charcoal or wood would need monthly cleaning, while a restaurant that’s sticking to frying and charbroiling may only need cleanings quarterly or even semiannually.

Your system will run best when it’s in good shape

When your commercial kitchen’s exhaust system is in good shape, it’ll run better. For example, they can’t catch grease if they’re already dirty. Not only are you risking the quality of your food, but it can actually be a safety hazard that puts every restaurant employee at risk.

Do you have questions about cleaning, maintaining, or replacing your exhaust equipment? If so, Hoodmart is here to help. With our years of specialized experience, we know how to offer advice to get you exactly where you need to be.

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