If you’re looking for easy ways to clean your greasy chimney, our experts have put together a well-researched guide on how to clean kitchen chimney.
The kitchen chimney is an indispensable appliance for extracting fumes and odors that are released while cooking food. For this reason, it is important to clean it periodically both outside & inside and washing & replacing the filters, when necessary, to eliminate grease and dirt.
Over time the filter becomes saturated with grease, limiting the effectiveness of the suction. This produces bad smells and there is also a risk of ruining the appliance.
Let’s find out how to clean the kitchen chimney with effective and natural remedies. Proper maintenance helps to avoid the spread of bad smells, to block the spread of germs & bacteria and to keep our chimney’s efficiency at maximum.
How often should you clean the kitchen chimney?
If you cook daily, the inside and outside of the chimney and the filter should be cleaned monthly. If you aren’t a frequent chef, seasonal cleaning will be sufficient. Always plan to clean the filter after preparing a holiday feast even if you don’t clean the rest of the kitchen.
How to know its time to clean the chimney?
The chimney does not clear smoke from the kitchen even on the highest setting. This could mean the filter or duct-work is clogged with grease and needs cleaning or that the motor is causing the fan to malfunction.
The motor is very loud or hums constantly. Abnormally loud or unusual sounds indicate the motor is working too hard. It may just need to be cleaned to prevent rubbing or grinding or it may need to be replaced.
How To Clean Kitchen Chimney
External cleaning of the kitchen chimney: when and how to clean it for correct maintenance
The outer part of the chimney is visible and must be cleaned at least once a week, or after each frying, thus avoiding the formation of irritating incrustations.
The first thing to do is remove dust and surface dirt with a damp sponge and neutral liquid soap. Do not use alcohol- or acid-based products. They could damage your steel or aluminum chimney. Next rinse with a damp cloth and finally dry it with a soft cloth.
Alternatively, you can use a solution of water and vinegar or water and sodium bicarbonate. They will help eliminate fat and bad smells naturally.
In case of stubborn dirt, clean the outside of the chimney in this way. Spray the degreaser over the entire surface, leave for a few minutes and, as soon as the dirt begins to detach from the walls of the chimney, rinse and dry.
If the dirt does not go away, use a soapy scouring pad. Rub the dirt well and then rinse with warm water.
Extractor or filter of the chimney: how to wash or replace the filter
Another thing to keep clean is the chimney filter. In this case however it is important to know the difference between the extractor chimney and a chimney with filter. The first eliminates air and odors directly outside, the second purifies the air from bad smells and the pours clean air into the kitchen. The extractor chimney contains only metal grease filters that capture food particles and can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher. A chimney with filter can have grease filters and activated carbon filters. The latter cannot be washed and must be replaced every three months or as soon as they turn yellow.
Now let’s see how to clean or replace the filters. The first thing to do is to disassemble or unscrew the chimney grill, which must be washed thoroughly with water and dish soap. If it’s particularly greasy, soak it in a solution of hot water, vinegar and baking soda and leave for 30 minutes.
Next remove the filter. The grease filters are metallic and can be washed by hand with hot water and soap, or in the dishwasher; a more convenient solution that allows for a deep and effective cleaning. If you cannot use the dishwasher, bring a large pot full of water to a boil, turn off the heat and add two tablespoons of baking soda.
Add the filters and leave them in the water for an hour, then rinse and dry them. In the case of activated carbon filters, simply replace them with new ones, made of synthetic material, which have the function of absorbing bad smells. Activated carbon filter is not washable because otherwise it would lose its odor-absorbing function.
Internal cleaning of the chimney: how to sanitize it carefully
At least once a month proceed with the internal cleaning of the chimney. Obviously, the frequency also depends on the use you make of the stove. If you use it very often, shorten the time between one cleaning & another and clean the chimney at least every two or three weeks.
For a thorough cleaning, remove the lid, leave it to soak in hot water and vinegar. After 15 minutes, rub it with a sponge soaked in a degreaser, then rinse and dry.
Next spray the internal part with a degreaser and leave for at least 15 minutes. Scrub it with a, then rinse and dry. In this case, you can also replace the degreaser with a solution of water and vinegar or water and bicarbonate.
To sanitize the chimney, you can then use an easy and very effective method. Boil water and vinegar in a pot and as soon as the steam starts to rise, turn on the chimney.
How to clean the steel kitchen chimney?
If your chimney is made of steel, it is necessary to use specific products that effectively clean the surfaces and respect the patina present. Simply using water may not be enough and can even prove harmful. The water, even if pure, may contain elements (including salt, iron and limestone) which can lead to the formation of stains and the consequent oxidation of the surface. The use of a common lemon dish detergent can also be an effective tool for cleaning the outside of the chimney.
Periodic cleaning of the kitchen chimney is important to not only eliminate dirt and bad smells, but also to keep it functional. Neglecting its hygiene over time could lead to deposits that are difficult to eliminate and can hinder the filtering function of the chimney due to an accumulation of impregnated fat on the surface.
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