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How to Clean a Range Hood: Tips for Easy Kitchen Maintenance

Tim Parry


Range hoods are typically used in big kitchens, where a cook can use them to remove smoke and odors from the kitchen. This makes it easier for cooks to do their job as well as keep the kitchen clean. Some people don’t realize how important maintaining your range hood is until they try to cook without one or have an unpleasant encounter with cooking smells when they’re not expecting them. In this article, we will discuss how to clean a range hood so that you never have to worry about these problems again!

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1. Turn off the range hood and disconnect it from power.

A range hood works by drawing the emissions from the cooktop or other cooking appliances to the front of the house, where they can be exhausted outdoors. When a range hood is being cleaned, it should be turned off and disconnected from any power supply so that there are not any electric shocks while cleaning.

If you choose to clean your range hood without turning it off or disconnecting it from power, you risk getting electrocuted, which could result in death. It’s also important that if you’re cleaning around an open flame, don’t touch any metal parts of the range hood with wet hands because this could cause an electrical shock.

2. Remove the range hood from the wall

Remove the range hood from the wall

In order to remove the range hood from the wall, you need to first disconnect it from any gas pipes or electrical wiring. Then lift up and slide a couple of boards under it so that you can take off the feet. At this point, use a crowbar to pry the top plate away from one side of the opening in your wall.

You’ll notice that there are several screws holding it in place on each side. Once both sides have been loosened, just twist and pull on one side until it comes out enough for you to get your hand inside and unhook all those wires that are attached on either end.

You can watch this video for more detail on how to remove it.

3. Vacuum out all the debris in the vent with a vacuum cleaner attachment

You need to vacuum out all the debris in the vent because it can clog your range hood, which in turn increases your electric bill, reduces the air intake into the unit, and/or prevents you from smelling things when cooking.

One way of vacuuming out all the debris in the vent is to use a vacuum cleaner attachment. This attachment will create suction that will then pull everything inside the vent into it and then release it once the debris has been captured.

The process will have to be repeated until the vent has been completely cleared of all debris.

4. Clean the outside of it with a damp cloth and dish soap

If you want to keep your kitchen looking good and smelling fresh, it is important to clean the outside of your range hood. There are a few different methods for doing so. You can use a damp cloth and dish soap or vinegar to wipe down the exterior. Another option is to use an all-purpose cleaner and paper towels. Finally, if you have time on your hands, let it soak in warm water with baking soda overnight before scrubbing off any grime that remains after drying it off with a soft towel.

The best way to ensure that the outside of your range hood stays as clean as possible is by regularly wiping it down or washing it as often as needed. If you wait too long between washings, the smell will begin to worsen, which isn’t worth it.

5. Clean inside of it by wiping down with a wet sponge or cloth, then rinse off any dirty water

The inside of a range hood is just as important to clean as the outside. If it’s not cleaned regularly, grease and other grime will accumulate and lead to an unpleasant smell. There are a few different ways you can clean the inside of your range hood.

For starters, use a wet sponge or cloth to wipe down any greasy surfaces on the interior of your range hood. Rinse off any dirty water that remains after kitchen hood cleaning with soap and warm water before drying off with paper towels or another type of cloth that won’t leave lint behind like microfiber fabric does (unless you want some lint in there).

Another option for getting rid of dirt and grease is by using baking soda mixed with vinegar; let this mixture sit in the range hood for an hour before scrubbing it off with a sponge or cloth. If you don’t feel like using baking soda and vinegar, there are also some commercial cleaners on the market specifically made to clean inside of ovens and ranges, such as Mr. Clean Oven Cleaner.

Another important tip is to make sure that you clean the interior of your range hood from top to bottom. If you only wipe down the areas that are easiest to access, then there will probably still be a lot of dirt and grime left behind since they won’t all have been removed. In order to get rid of every trace of grease or dirt, it is important for you to do a “deep clean” of the entire inside of your range hood by wiping down every surface.

Finally, while it is important to regularly clean out the interior and exterior of your oven or range for aesthetic reasons, you should also ensure that you do so because if not cleaned properly grease could build up in the ventilation system and lead to a fire hazard.

6. Cleaning a range hood filter

Cleaning a range hood filter

Cleaning a range hood filter is a necessary task for those who want to keep their kitchen smelling fresh and looking good. There are a few different ways you can do this. You can use soap and water with cloth or sponge, baking soda mixed with vinegar, or all-purpose cleaners.

Remove the filters from the vent on top of the stove by pulling them out gently using both hands so they do not break or bend before placing them carefully on one side where dust won’t get onto them.

The best way to clean the filter is by scrubbing it thoroughly with soap and water every six months. If you don’t have time now, then make sure that you at least wipe down the filter once every three months, as well as making sure that the outside of your range hood stays clean so grease doesn’t build up in it over time which could lead to a fire hazard.

7. Wipe dry with a clean towel before reinstalling on your wall

If you leave the range hood wet, it could cause bacteria and mold to grow on it. You should always wipe a range hood dry before reinstalling it on your wall. Make sure that there is no water left in the bottom of the unit, or else this will lead to an accumulation of mildew and bacteria which can be a health hazard. Additionally, if water remains inside the appliance for too long, then rust may form and damage the metal components such as screws and brackets.

8. Turn on power to make sure everything is working properly before putting back in place 

It’s important to turn on the power before putting the range hood back in place. The reason for this is that you want to make sure everything works BEFORE you put it back up so if something goes wrong, you can fix it right away. While some people might not think turning on the power would be an issue, it could lead to house fires or other problems that are hard to fix after they happen. It’s better if we take a little extra time now and then than end up having big issues later on down the line!


The article has come to an end, along with the conclusion. We hope you’ve learned kitchen hood cleaning and have taken our advice on why it’s important. This might be your last chance before winter sets in! If this is not something that interests you or if you are still unsure about what needs to happen when cleaning a vent system, contact us for more information.

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