Your dream kitchen has finally materialized with its matched finish appliances, real wood cabinets, island cooker and the choice of island range hood. Cooking is a dream – and hubby can bring all the workmates home for dinner because your kitchen is the best. Okay that might be overkill.
So you have your new kitchen and after weeks of frustration best range hoods for gas stoves while waiting for the contractors to finish installing and connecting everything, not to mention the absolute boredom of having to eat take out, you are ready to cook. You go to your island range to cook up a storm, and turning on the island range hood – it quietly hums away while you cook up a storm. Once done you switch it off and as promised by the manufacturer, no smells, no excessive steam or too much heat. You could get use to this.
Kitchen hoods assist with keeping the kitchen clean and extending the lifespan of a kitchen. All the by-products and contaminated air goes somewhere, and the path along which it travels may become contaminated. They also are great at cutting down on grease and grim as well as keeping the air circulating in the kitchen. They do however require regular maintenance and cleaning in order to do this job properly. The filters need to be cleaned and if included, the charcoal replaced. The interior of the hood needs regular cleaning, before the fat and grime hardens to a yellow sticky mess. That might require the use of a stripper, as normal household cleaning detergents don’t work. But by doing so you will be causing damage to the finish. Hoods that are made of stainless steel should never be wiped with bleach or any industrial cleaner, as the will damage the protective layer and cause the metal to blur over time
If you are a light cooker (anything more than pasta is a problem) then checking your filters once a month should suffice. However when your cooking involves bacon and eggs, fried foods and such, it’s best to check those filters and properly clean your hood at least once a week. Clogged filters and soiled hoods can become breeding areas for all kinds of unwanted bacteria and germs. So don’t turn your clean air solution into breeding pollution. Proper care of range hoods will not only prevent this, but also extend the hood’s lifetime and provide great circulation and performance.