How To Clean An Extractor Fan – For Oven, Ranges - OvenGleamers

How To Clean An Extractor Fan – For Oven, Ranges

By Graham Rogers

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Extractor fans can be easily missed when carrying out the routine cleaning of your kitchen. Often they hidden away behind a sliding out kitchen cabinet or users just don't notice how dirty they are getting.

We have found that when we are cleaning ovens when we do our pre cleaning checks we discover that the
extractor fan is extremely dirty and also very unsafe.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the majority of restaurant fires originates on kitchen cooking appliances 

So how do you get your extractor hood Cleaner?

We would recommend getting your extractor fan or extractor hood cleaned professionally by OvenGleamers the professional extractor hood cleaners and range cooker hood cleaners. It is a small extra price to pay to ensure that your kitchen is kept safe.

Please Note: If you have a very large cooker hood over your range, say over a Wolf or Viking Range, or even the newer large stainless steel extractor hoods over a range cookers such as over an AGA cooker or an Everhot cooker.  So it's semi commercial cooker hood this "How to clean an extractor fan method" isn't for you. As your hood filters are so large they will need dipping in a professional oven cleaners dip tank to do a decent job of getting your cooker hood cleaner - get in contact with OvenGleamers 0800 45 82 357 to find Extractor Fan Cleaning Services Near You.

But if you feel that you really need to get it done. Maybe you are spending a length of time at home and have decided to do a thorough deep clean. Here are the steps you need to follow:

What you need to clean an extractor

  • Soapy water
  • Microfibre cloth
  • Toothbrush - the value one is best from Sainsburys
  • You may need a screwdriver or coin to until casing screws.

Steps to a clean extractor fan:

  1. We advise that you turn off the electrical supply to your extractor fan or hood.
  2. If you have a paper filter it will be incased in a housing that can be removed. To remove this it will normally mean moving two side clips. Sometimes you can just do this with your fingers. Other times there will be a small screw, on each side of the casing, that needs turning a quarter of a turn. Release the casing. If you have the gauze style aluminium filters, these are just unclipped by pushing the catch on them.
  3. Change the paper filter for a replacement filter, thick quality paper is best, cut to size with scissors. They are available from Argos or online. Use soapy water to wash the casing. Leave the soapy on them for a bit to allow for the grease to break down. If the gauze filters place them in soapy water and leave them to soak.
  4. Clean the exterior of the extractor. If the extractor is in casing you will need to clean the casing and surrounding kitchen cabinets. Use a sodden microfibre cloth wet from soapy water.
  5. If your extractor has  stainless steel hood use soapy water and the sodden microfibre cloth to wipe the exterior. Wipe off with a dry cloth and buff up until streak free. Top Tip: Follow the 'brush grain' of the stainless steel to get a better finish.
  6. Make sure everything is completely dry, then reassemble.
  7. You’re done! You should now have a clean extractor fan and clean extractor hood. Sit back and relax.

Of course if this sounds just a bit too difficult or technical then perhaps you'd like the extractor fan cleaners OvenGleamers  a call.

Give us a call on 0800 802 1076 or click the call back request on this form and we will get right back to you.and be able to book in the cleaning of your extractor fan in the same call. We provide an extractor fan cleaning service near you.

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About the Author

Graham Rogers Started OvenGleamers as one man in a van in Taunton in 2004. The business grew to a five van operation by 2007. OvenGleamers first franchisee started in October 2010. OvenGleamers Became An Associate Member of British Franchise Association in 2012. Now growing National OvenGleamers Network. OvenGleamers are AGA and Big Cooker Cleaning Specialists. Graham writes on this blog and films videos and has a podcast.