Last Updated: 3/8/2023
Author: James Zhao, Sr. Tech Specialist & Alex Park, Product Specialist
If you’ve ever wondered how to clean a range hood, you’ve come to the right place. Oftentimes referred to as kitchen hoods or exhaust hoods, range hoods ventilate steam, smoke, and airborne grease, promoting cleaner household air while reducing the likelihood of fire from combustible gases and fumes, among other benefits. Needless to say, range hoods are essential to your kitchen.
At the same time, homeowners have a tendency to neglect their range hoods, allowing grease, dust, and grime to accumulate. Fortunately, our team at FOTILE has consolidated everything you need to know about range hood cleaning in the article below.
Like any appliance, your range hood requires consistent cleaning to operate at peak performance. Although the following daily range hood cleaning procedures are ideal for slant vent range hoods, the same steps can be applied to a wide range of FOTILE models and designs.
The outside of your range hood has a tendency to collect grease, especially while frying or pan-searing food. Fortunately, you can keep your range hood free from buildup by wiping down the outer surface area using a damp paper towel, cloth, or kitchen wipe.
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The oil tray on your range hood is designed to collect excess grease and oil. Over time, liquid can pool and overfill the tray, dripping down onto your oven. After cooking, we recommend removing the oil tray using a horizontal sliding motion with two hands. Once removed, dispose of any pooled oil or grease. Afterwards, place the oil tray into a warm basin of water, using a non-caustic soap or detergent. After 15 to 30 minutes, remove the tray, wash off any excess residue, and place onto a drying rack.
Each FOTILE range hood includes a state-of-the-art filter that resembles a grid. The best way to clean a range hood filter is to first remove the filter by placing your hands on each end and pulling downward. Next, use a non-caustic wipe or damp cloth to clean the filter. Be sure to wipe down the air inlet’s exterior as well.
Having cleaned the oil tray, filter, and range hood exterior, you’re ready to reassemble your range hood. Make sure to thoroughly dry each component beforehand. Whether you’re a home builder or homeowner, FOTILE offers a wide range of stunning, state-of-the-art range hoods. We invite you to explore our collection today.
Even after consistent daily cleaning, all range hoods eventually require deep cleaning. Each FOTILE range hood features a homeowner-friendly design to streamline the deep cleaning process. Although the following steps are geared for our slant vent range hoods, the tips and guidance provided below may be applicable to other range hood models as well.
Though the inside of your range hood collects the most grime, grease and oil can also cling to the outside of your range hood. Oily steam, spatter from frying and pan-searing food, and condensation from steaming and boiling can settle onto your range hood and form a greasy film. Fortunately, keeping it clean is a simple matter of wiping down the surface with multi-surface spray and a cloth, paper towel, or kitchen wipe.
Though range hood oil trays are designed to catch grease and oil, cleaning them regularly prevents them from becoming too full and overflowing onto your cooktop. To remove the oil tray from your range hood, grasp it with two hands and slowly slide it horizontally toward you, keeping it parallel to the floor.
Pour pooled oil and grease into an appropriate container for disposal and submerge tray in warm water. Add lye-free soap to the water, stir it in gently with your hand, and let the tray soak for 15 to 30 minutes to loosen any stuck-on grease or oil. Wash the tray with more warm water and lye-free soap to remove residue and allow it to air-dry.
To remove the Captur-Shield Plate, pull down on the front edge at an angle with two hands. With enough pressure, the plate will release. From there, you can place the plate in a warm basin of solution with non-caustic soap or detergent. Lastly, use a gentle sponge or brush to wash off any residue.
The filters on FOTILE range hoods are held in place by two screws. We recommend unscrewing with one hand while holding the filter in place with the other. Once removed, place the filter in a basin of water with non-caustic soap or detergent. Afterwards, use a small, soft brush to get in-between the filter’s grids and remove any excess residue.
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Once you have cleaned and dried each range hood component, we recommend reassembling the ensemble by first re-screwing the filter. Next, press the Captur-Shield Plate back into place. Lastly, reinsert the oil tray. The entire deep cleaning process generally takes 30 minutes or less for FOTILE range hoods. Of note, alternative brands may take longer depending on their build and complexity.
Safety and Maintenance Considerations
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Thank you for reading and be sure to explore our website for exceptional pricing on state-of-the-art range hoods and appliances.