You rely on your vented range hood to remove dirt and impurities from the air in your home, and all of that grease and grime must pass through a filter before making its way outside. Keeping the vent filter clean ensures that your air remains clean as well, so taking time to regularly clean your range hood is essential to its continued functioning.
To help you properly maintain your range hood, follow these easy cleaning steps.
1. Remove the filter from the range hood. If you’re not sure how to do this, consult your owner’s manual for step-by-step instructions.
2. Use an old toothbrush or steel wool to remove any solid debris from the filter.
3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove.
4. Add 250mL of baking soda to the water a little at a time, stirring until it is all mixed.
5. Place the filter in the boiling water. Allow it to remain in the pot for approximately 15 minutes.
6. Using a potholder, lift the filter out of the boiling water and run it under the hot tap. In some cases, this is all it will take to clean the filter. If the other half remains dirty, continue on to the next step.
7. Pour the water out in the yard or dispose of it in a bottle. Do not dump it down the sink.
8. Refill the pot and repeat steps 3 to 6 with the other side submerged.
9. If dirt still remains on the filter, you can try using an automotive detergent, and if grease still lingers behind on the metal, consider replacing the filter.
In addition to cleaning your filter on a regular basis, you should also have your range hood serviced as recommended by the manufacturer to ensure that it remains in good working order. Matic Service is available to assist you with routine service and repairs on both vented and ventless range hood models.