How to Clean Filters on Extraction Hood
We always spend a lot of time making sure the hob and oven is clean, but often overlook the greasy filters in the extractor hood.
When it comes to cleaning the kitchen, the hob and oven need a regular cleaning to ensure that grease doesn't build up and burn onto the surfaces. But we tend to overlook the fact that the extractor hood filters also need cleaning on a regular basis, in order for the extraction fan to do it's job properly.
In this article we look at an easy way to keep your extraction hood filters clean and free from grease, so that you can add this to your weekly cleaning regimen to ensure the filters are always clean - without too much effort on your part.
How to clean extraction hood filters
If you have an extraction hood fitted above the counter, you will already know how this helps to keep your kitchen clean and cuts down on grime that builds up on walls and high cupboards. However, in order for the extraction fan to work properly, the filters need to be cleaned on a regular basis - before they become clogged up with grease.
You don't need expensive or toxic cleaners to get rid of grease in extraction hood filters, just a sink full of hot, soap water, a soft scrubbing brush and some bicarbonate of soda for stubborn grease.
Remove the filters from the extraction fan hood. There are all types of different filters, depending on the model of hood you have fitted, but all of these will have removable filters that you can take out and clean.
1. Fill the sink (or a deep tub) with very hot, soapy water. Dishwashing liquid is all you need to help breakdown the grease. If your geyser doesn't give you very hot water, you might want to boil a kettle of water to make the water hot. The hotter the water - the easier it will be to remove the grease.
2. Place the filters in the hot water and leave them to soak for a few minutes. Make sure the filters are submerged in the hot water for about 10 minutes and then flip them over. If the water cools, add more hot water.
3. After soaking the filters to soften up and help remove the grease build up, use a soft scrubbing brush to clean away the residue on both sides of the filter.
GOOD TO KNOW: An old toothbrush is perfect for removing any grease residue around the edges of the filters.
4. For any stubborn grease residue that remains, sprinkle these with bicarbonate of soda and rub with the soft scrubbing brush or old toothbrush and then rinse clean.
5. Once the filters are free from grease, wipe them dry with a paper towel and put them back in the extractor hood.