Los Angeles, CA – Hood cleaning is a necessary process all commercial kitchens, food trucks, and other establishments must go through in order to lawfully maintain their status as a healthy restaurant. It’s also a safety precaution because the most common cause of fire in commercial kitchens is a dirty hood.
The process takes about 3 to 6 hours, depending on the size of the kitchen. Most businesses hire a cleaning company in order to do this because it provides them with the safest, most professional option possible. However, if you’re thinking about trying it yourself, here are the steps that our cleaners take when cleaning hoods.
Step One: Preparation
The kitchen must be prepared for the process of cleaning. This means the pilot lights and gas valves must be turned off and then covered with tarps. This way, the equipment won’t get splashed with any grease. The hood must also be wrapped in plastic, which is then funneled into a container in order to catch the greasy water.
Step Two: Cleaning
The grease baffle filters are removed and soaked in chemical tanks. This process takes a few hours. After they soak, the filters are then pressure washed. The ductwork needs to be cleaned, which begins with a manual scraping of all the grease that has hardened in this area. Cleaners will then spray chemicals into the ductwork, which needs to set for about an hour.
While this process continues, cleaners will remove the exhaust fans and spray them with chemicals. The fan belt is also pressure washed in order to remove the grease. At this point in the process, the hood is also manually scraped and sprayed down. Once the chemicals in the spray have loosened the grease, pressure washing follows. Finally, the entire system receives a pressure wash, and the spray goes from top to bottom, so all the greasy runoff will end up in the container.
Step Three: Inspection
After all the pressure washing and deep cleaning, it is time for the parts of your exhaust system to be replaced. Tests are also run to make sure the exhaust system is working. The cleaners will put a sticker certifying that the system was cleaned on each hood, when it was cleaned, and when the next cleaning is due. During this process, cleaners will also make sure to wipe down the system, clean the floors, and turn the gas back on so that the kitchen is in excellent condition when they leave.
When It’s Time to Call the Professionals
These steps may seem overwhelming to you, especially if you’re busy running your business. Instead of going through the mess of cleaning your hood, call us at 1800-750-7055 for professional hood cleaning in Los Angeles, CA, and Denver, CO.
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