Routine cleaning and maintenance of your kitchen exhaust system by professionals can considerably reduce the chance of fire. Regular upkeep by removing oil & grease deposits inside the hood and filters not only prolongs the life of exhaust components but also ensures peak performance of your entire kitchen system. Your kitchen cannot operate smoothly without a clean and efficiently running exhaust system. Hence, getting professional help should be an integral part of your regular maintenance schedule
How Often should you be getting your Kitchen Exhaust Cleaned?
The frequency of cleaning required usually depends upon the size of the kitchen, the type of food being prepared and the frequency of cooking.
According to International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association (IKECA), restaurants should follow the below guidelines for cleaning frequency:
|Type or Volume of Cooking Frequency||Frequency|
|Systems serving solid fuel cooking operations||Monthly Cleaning|
|Systems serving high-volume cooking operations such as 24-hour cooking, charbroiling or wok cooking||Quarterly|
|Systems serving moderate-volume cooking operations||Semi-Annually|
|Systems serving low-volume cooking operations, such as churches, day camps, seasonal businesses or senior centers||Annually|
So how does cleaning works?
Cleaning the entire exhaust system can be tricky and requires fair amount of knowledge. Hiring professional help ensures that your entire exhaust system is thoroughly cleaned, taken apart and put back together without missing any intricate details. There’s a high risk involved If the cleaning job is done by kitchen staff itself, as they can end up damaging a certain part of the exhaust system. There are generally two types of exhaust cleaning:
- Exhaust hood scraping – This includes cleaning of areas which are accessible by hand only and have the fastest rate of dirt build-up. Such as exhaust hood
- Steam cleaning – This consist of a more thorough cleaning of the entire exhaust system including interior duct work, rooftop exhaust fan etc.
How does it benefit the restaurant?
The dirt & grease build-up inside your kitchen can pose as a serious safety hazard for all the people around and can be uneconomical. A clean ductwork of your kitchen exhaust system will be cost effective by consuming less energy
When your kitchen’s exhaust system is in good shape, it will not only benefit the work environment making it safer and more productive but will also provide the guests a clean and fine experience.
Thus, keeping a well maintained commercial kitchen helps to endorse a healthy and hygienic food preparation as well.