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Greasy kitchen and home that fills with smoke every time you cook? Sounds like your rangehood isn’t working as well as it used to and might be due for a clean! Rangehood cleaning is best done every couple of months, but if you don’t have time to keep up with all the cleaning (let alone cooking) it’s time to hire a rangehood cleaner. They’ll check your appliance, clean your filters, degrease it, then put everything back together. Soon your kitchen will only smell of freshly cooked meals (not last night’s remnants!).
The perfect place to find a rangehood cleaning expert is on Airtasker. We’ve got cleaners who know their way around all the most common rangehood appliance brands from Smeg and Westinghouse to Blanco and Qasair.
Rangehood cleaning is probably more affordable than you’d think - simply choose the best cleaner within your budget.
Most rangehoods need cleaning every month or so. The longer you leave it, the longer it’ll take to remove built-up grease from the filters and body.
There are four main steps to cleaning a rangehood:
1. Remove and clean the filters
2. Clean the body of the rangehood, inside and out
3. Wipe down the duct
4. Change the globes and put everything back together
It’s a good idea to hire a professional to clean your rangehood if there’s a lot of built-up grease that’ll take some extra work to remove. Or if you’re moving out of a rental, a professional cleaner will do a thorough job and help you get your bond back.
Rangehood cleaning can take anywhere from 30-60 minutes, depending on the type of system, the size of the rangehood, and how much grime has built up since the last clean.
You can hire a rangehood cleaner to do a basic filter clean or full maintenance, including the body, duct, and even changing the light. Here are the steps involved in a rangehood cleaning service:
Rangehood filters fill up with grease, fast, so most need cleaning every month or so (depending on how often you cook). Your cleaner will start by removing your rangehood filters from the hood. They’ll fill your sink with hot water and detergent, then soak your filters for 10-15 minutes to dissolve built-up grease. They’ll use a scrubbing brush to help dislodge the grease, before rinsing with clean hot water, and leaving them to dry.
Next, your cleaner will focus on the body of your rangehood. They’ll turn off the mains switch for safety before they get to work. They’ll choose a cleaner that’s suitable for the materials - either an all-purpose cleaner, warm soapy water, or special copper cleaner. Next, they’ll wipe down the external surfaces to remove grease, before drying with a cloth. To clean the inside, they may start by boiling a pot of water underneath to create steam and loosen up the grease. Next they’ll wipe the inside clean. If it’s been a while since the last clean, they may use a stronger chemical to help break down the grime, but otherwise, they’ll stick to soapy water or all-purpose cleaner. After all the internal surfaces are clean, they’ll wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any chemicals before drying with a cloth or paper towel.
If you have a duct that vents your cooking gases outside, this will occasionally need maintaining, as well. Your rangehood cleaner will clean the outside of your rangehood duct. But if the inside surfaces of your duct need cleaning, you’ll need to hire a specialist duct cleaner who will be able to safely access and clean all the parts needed.
If one or more of your rangehood globes has blown, your cleaner can replace the bulb as part of the service. They’ll remove the old lamp before replacing it with a new one. In some cases, there may be a seal that comes with the bulb - they’ll ensure this is installed, as well. Once they’re finished cleaning and servicing your rangehood, your cleaner will put everything back together. They’ll re-fit your clean and dry filters, matching up the clips with the holes inside the body and drawer of your rangehood. They’ll make sure everything is fitted securely, before switching on the mains power again and testing that it all works perfectly.