A commercial kitchen can accumulate grease and odors very quickly, depending on the types and amount of cooking that is done there. These particles are extracted from the area through the exhaust system so they don’t stay in the kitchen, accumulate on surfaces, or waft into the dining area.
Instead, the grease and odors are pulled through the exhaust system and filters through the kitchen hood. If these components are not cleaned regularly, they will cease working, causing the grease and smells to stay in the kitchen and surrounding area.
Dirty exhaust systems can even be a fire hazard. According to the National Fire Protection Association, over 11,000 fires occur annually in restaurants and kitchens, resulting in over $160 million in damage. Routine kitchen hood cleaning reduces those chances and keeps your business compliant with NFPA 96, which is a set of codes and standards for ventilation control and fire protection of commercial cooking operations by the National Fire Protection Association. These are the standards that fire marshals follow and commercial cooking operations are required to adhere to.
Keeping the exhaust system and hood clean will extend its life and also help to comply with state and local health and building code requirements. It keeps the proper airflow within the kitchen and makes for a cooler and cleaner environment for the workers and customers.
In addition, having your kitchen exhaust system regularly cleaned will keep you compliant with roofing warranties, as it reduces premature roof decay and damage that can occur from rooftop grease. It may even reduce your insurance premiums.
St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration offers kitchen hood and exhaust system cleaning services that will keep your kitchen free from odors and grease. Since it’s very important to maintain a consistently clean kitchen, it’s a great idea to schedule a regular cleaning plan so that you don’t have to worry about it in the future.
Our cleaning process includes:
- Cleaning and polishing the hood inside and out
- Cleaning the filters and the area behind the filters
- Cleaning and scraping the ducts, where accessible, and/or install access panels if needed
- Cleaning the fan blades and fan housing where accessible, and/or install hinge kits if needed
Don’t risk losing business because of your restaurant is grimy and smelly. Even more importantly, avoid fire hazards and other safety and health concerns. Keep your commercial kitchen clean and safe by scheduling your cleaning today!