The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Your Stainless Steel Range Hood Spotless

October 06, 2023 7 min read

One of the most popular range hood materials is stainless steel because of its anticorrosive and good stain resistance. These features already give most stainless steel range hoods an ease of maintenance edge over other types of kitchen hoods. But to continually enjoy the sight of your shiny stainless steel hood and for optimal performance, it needs regular cleaning.

Luckily, cleaning your stainless steel range hood doesn't have to be a daunting chore. By following the cleaning steps in this article you will get a concise and effective way to clean your stainless steel range hood. It will cover everything from using simple DIY solutions to which kind of specialized cleaning products are right for your hood. We'll also provide tips and tricks that will help prevent future messes and keep your stainless steel range hood looking new.

Knowing Your Stainless Steel Range Hood

Before diving into how to clean your stainless steel hood it's essential to understand the different parts of the hood. This will further help to ensure you clean each component correctly.

  1. Hood Body: This refers to the primary component of a range hood. It contains the fan, filter, ductwork, and lighting system. Usually, the hood body of premium stainless steel range hoods like those from ModernCopper, are constructed using high-grade stainless steel.
  2. Filters: The filters used in range hoods come in three types. These are mesh, baffle, and charcoal. They are usually made of either stainless steel or aluminum. These filters capture smoke, grease, and other cooking byproducts released during cooking.
  3. Fan:  The fan is responsible for drawing in air and pushing it through the filters and ductwork. It comes in different sizes and speeds to accommodate different cooking needs.
  4. Ductwork: The ductwork in a range hood is the system of pipes that connect the hood to the outside of your home. It is responsible for venting out smoke, steam, and cooking odors.
  5. Lighting System: Most range hoods have built-in lighting. This is usually in halogen or LED bulbs. They provide additional illumination over the cooking surface.
  6. Control Panel: The control panel in a stainless steel range hood allows you to adjust the fan speed, turn the lights on/off, and activate other features.

How To Clean Your Stainless Steel Range Hood

Tools and Materials Needed

To effectively clean and maintain your stainless steel range hood. Here are some essential items that you should have:

  1. Microfiber clothes: These are gentle non-abrasive cleaning clothes that will not scratch or damage your hood surface. They are absorbent and can trap dirt and grease effectively.
  2. Dish soap: This is an effective degreaser that can remove simple stains and grime from your range hood. It is safe to use on stainless steel surfaces and leaves no residue.
  3. Vinegar: This is a natural cleaning agent that can be used to remove tough stains and stubborn buildup from your range hood. It removes hard water stains and can be mixed with water to create a nontoxic cleaning solution.
  4. Baking soda: This is a versatile cleaning agent for cleaning stubborn stains and odors. It can be mixed with water to create a paste that can be applied to the stainless steel surface.
  5. Rubber gloves: This will help protect your hands from harsh chemicals and grease while cleaning your range hood.
  6. Screwdriver:This helps unscrew attached parts like the filters and other parts of your range hood for deep cleaning.
  7. Bucket: This is useful for mixing cleaning solutions and carrying water for rinsing.

Routine Cleaning

  1. Use a microfiber cloth and some soap and water to clean the body of the range hood.⁤⁤Be sure to focus on areas where grease and grime build up, such as the area above the cooktop.

  2. Next you clean the filters in the stainless steel hood.⁤⁤Most of these hoods have a removable filter that should be cleaned or replaced regularly.⁤⁤To remove the filter, pull it out of the range hood.

  3. Fill a sink or basin with hot water and add mild dish detergent or soap.⁤⁤Place the filter in the water and let it soak for 10-15 minutes.

  4. After soaking the filter for 10-15 minutes, remove it from the water and rinse it thoroughly with hot water.⁤⁤Use a clean, dry cloth to pat the filter dry.

  5. Once the filter is dry, reassemble it and slide it back into the range hood.

  6. Use a soft-bristled cleaning pad or a vacuum cleaner to clean the fan blades.⁤⁤Be sure to remove any loose debris or dirt.

  7. Wipe down the exterior: Use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to wipe down the exterior of the range hood and remove any remaining moisture.

  8. When performing a routine clean on your range hood, it's important to focus on certain areas.⁤⁤Areas, where grease and grime build-up, such as the filter, the fan, and the exterior of the range hood, should be routinely cleaned.

Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning your stainless steel range hood is an essential task to remove tough stains and built-up grease that routine cleaning may not be able to address. It's recommended to clean your range hood deep once every six months or more frequently if you use it heavily.

Here are step-by-step instructions for deep cleaning your range hood:

  1. Turn off power to the range hood:Before starting the deep cleaning process, turn off the power to the range hood by unplugging it or switching off the circuit breaker.
  2. Remove the filters:Take out the filters from the range hood and soak them in hot water with dish soap or degreaser. Let them sit for 10-15 minutes to allow the solution to break down the grime and tough grease stains. Scrub the filters gently with a soft brush or sponge to remove any remaining dirt.
  3. Clean the interior of the range hood:Using a degreaser or a specialized stainless steel cleaner, spray the interior of the range hood. Focus the spray bottle on the areas with a heavy build-up of grease. Let the solution sit for a few minutes, then wipe it off with a microfiber cloth. Use a soft scrub brush to scrub the surface gently for stubborn stains.
  4. Clean the exterior of the range hood: Apply the same cleaning solution to the hood’s exterior, ensuring to wipe it in the direction of the grain. Use a microfiber cloth or a soft brush to remove any stubborn stains.
  5. Clean the fan: Remove the fan blades and soak them in a degreaser solution for at least 10-15 minutes. Scrub the blades gently with a soft sponge or brush to remove any remaining grease. Wipe the fan motor housing with a soft damp cloth.
  6. Clean the ductwork:If your range hood has ductwork, cleaning it regularly to prevent fire hazards and maintain optimal airflow is essential. Use a specialized duct cleaner or hire a professional to clean the ductwork thoroughly.
  7. Reassemble the range hood: After cleaning all the parts, let them dry completely before reassembling the range hood. Install the filters into the range hood, and turn the power back on.

It's important to take safety precautions when using stronger cleaning solutions, such as wearing gloves and protective eyewear, working in a well-ventilated area, and following the manufacturer's instructions. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or steel wool, which can scratch the surface of your stainless steel appliance.


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Simple Tips That Will Keep Your Stainless Steel Range Hood Sparkling Clean

For those who want to ensure that their stainless steel range rood remains relatively clean, here are some simple tips that can go a long way towards achieving that:

  1. Use a  splatter screen as it is one of the easiest ways to reduce grease buildup on your range hood. When you are cooking this simple tool can be placed over pots and pans as a form of barrier. The screen will prevent hot oil or food from splattering onto your range hood.
  2. Wipe down your range hood after each use as this will really reduce your cleaning workload. Cleaning after each use helps prevent dirt from building up on your range hood. Use a soft, damp cloth. This will help remove splatters or spills on your brushed stainless steel finish before they dry and harden.
  3. Use a microfiber cloth when cleaning your range hood. This avoids scratching the stainless steel surface. Microfiber cloths are soft, gentle, and effective at removing dirt and grease.
  4. Choose the proper cleaning solution. You can use many different cleaning solutions to clean your range hood. However, choosing one safe for use on stainless steel appliances is important. Avoid harsh chemicals that can damage the surface. Opt for a solution of warm water and mild dish soap or vinegar.
  5. Clean the filter regularly because the filter in your range hood is designed to trap grease and other particles. However, it can become clogged over time. To keep your range hood functioning properly, clean the filter regularly. Ideally, you should follow the manufacturer's instructions on the frequency of cleaning.
  6. Check for loose screws and parts as part of your regular maintenance routine. These may need to be tightened or replaced. This can help prevent more severe problems down the line.

    Final Words

    We encourage readers to take all the necessary steps to keep their range hood clean and well-maintained. This will ensure optimal venting performance from the hood and longevity. A final beautifying step for your range hood will be to buff the appearance to give it that shine you crave. You can polish it with a clean polishing cloth dabbed with drops of coconut or olive oil to remove any streaks or smudges. This will leave your range hood looking shiny and new.