How to Clean Range Hood Filters

The kitchen gets dusty faster than any other room in the house. The most frequently-used area there is around the range and oven, so it is the dirtiest. Today we are advising you on how to clean range hood filters. It will help you to keep a cooking place fresh, attractive, and safe.

Why Clean a Range Hood

When cooking on a stove, leftovers and crumbles stay on the stove and steams from the food go up and clog together.  The stove filter absorbs all of it, preventing your stove from being filled with greasy spots, heat, and annoying smells. Not all the food pieces go away with an inflow of air. Some stay on lattices and vents.

After prolonged use, an extractor cannot continue to work well. It’s the ability to absorb air becomes weaker, leaves odors in the kitchen, and turns down completely. It happens because grogs, crumblings, and fat is blocking the way. Finally, such broken equipment may eventually explode.

Simple Cleaning Supplies

To keep your device functioning efficiently, it must be cleaned and washed at least once a month or often. New models of hoods signal when it is time to wash or clean. Also, we recommend removing the dirt right after you finish cooking. That prolongs the device’s life and keeps your kitchen going. Read below about practical washing methods.

Besides professional solutions, there are effective and easy-to-find grocery goods. They deal with the filter cleaning-up gently and quickly. You might have most of them in your house now.


It is a cheap mineral mixture that is used for both cooking and tidying up. It is the major component of many detergents. You can apply baking soda in a few different ways. It depends on the quality of dust and where you want to wash it.

  • Dry powder. It is the fastest way. just apply some bicarb to a wet sponge and scrub the surface with it. It deals nicely and works well even when there is a huge amount of residue. For a stronger effect, pour the powder on the surface and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes before scrubbing.
  • Soap solutions. To deal with small details or quantities of dirt, mix soda with soap and warm water. Sink gears for 15 to 30 minutes. This way has an improved action on grease and dried-up clumps. After soaking, rinse components with fresh water and sponge them. Otherwise, put a lattice in a dishwasher and apply the solute.


Can’t like soda, it doesn’t harm any surfaces and still cleanses well. To wash, you’ll need 9% apple vinegar. The disadvantage of this vinegar is its heavy annoying smell. If the pollution or smell is strong, you should apply 70% vinegar acid. While using it, open the windows, wear a protective mask and rubber gloves. Touching it with bare hands leads to burns or allergic reactions. There are two ways of use it:

  • Soak the sponge with 9% solution and just scrub the whole lattice.
  • If you are dealing with heavy spots, create a solute of 70% acid and water at a ratio of 1:1. Put vents and lattices on the oven tray and flush them with the solute. Let it react for 10 to 15 minutes and then brush and rinse properly. Repeat a few times if needed.

Lemon Juice

This sour liquid dissolves fat just like vinegar acid. This method takes longer than others, but it is fully eco-friendly and smells well. Peel one or two lemons then cut them in quarters and rub the filter with it. Leave it on the surface for about 20 minutes and let it stay for long. Then wash it as usual. If the grime or stain is a lot, leave the lemon juice solution overnight. In the morning you’ll see fresh and shining surfaces.

Laundry Soap

As you see, most cleaners are made of acid, this cleaner is not different. Sandsoap can be applied to laundering cotton, linen and used to remove grease effectively.  Combined with boiling water, it becomes an efficient and eco-friendly cleaning solution. To clean more properly and efficiently, prepare a sand soap solution and soak the area to be washed for 20 to 30 minutes. Wax and oil disappear in seconds. Then scrub it with dry paper not to leave soapy spots.

Excluding the equipment we already described, there are professional and semi-professional detergents. They include aggressive components that affect both the steel surface and your hands. Before using it, read the instructions carefully. That makes your cleaning safer. For the same reason, we don’t recommend using homemade and unconditional supplies. You cannot predict how it works or its side effects, and no result is the best possible variant.

Methods Not to Use

Some homeowners experiment with ideas and life hacks that are ineffective or even dangerous. Some of the most unrealistic cleaning agents used are fan and steam generators. Some advice to melt the wax with it. Hot air affects the device and may break it or lead to a fire explosion. We recommend using only the safe supplies you know well.

The DIY Recommendations

To start with, repairing and washing home equipment can be such a complicated and dangerous event especially when done at home. Many options and methods can be dangerous for you and your equipment. We’ve described the process, so it is now simple to understand how it usually works:

  • Switch off the extractor and confirm it is unplugged.
  • Remove the decorative panel with a screwdriver. Count the anchorages and place them together.
  • Lift the exhaust filter and put it in the solute. Try one of the methods we described before.
  • Wipe the corrugation and duct carefully, then wash the outer part of the hull. Work with a soft, non-abrasive material.
  • Assemble the extractor again.

This is the short guide to any type of range hood. But there are items you shouldn’t mess up. These are two types of details with different functions. To clean them properly, ask for professional help. While trying to Disassemble a hood by yourself, you may break or lose some parts. Trust SD Pro Appliance to help you maintain your devices.

Greasing & Coal Cleaner

It is the main visible piece of the whole mechanism. It is a steel lattice with tiny cells, which makes them clog easily. To pull it out, take the fixings away with a turnscrew. This feature is not similar to the previous one. It is a small unseen feature of a round shape. It eliminates odors and tiny particles of dust. The main difference is that it cannot be cleaned.

The coal protector’s lifespan varies from a few months to several years. Trustworthy manufacturers provide a 5-year guarantee. After the lifespan ends, call professionals to reinstall a new one.

Why Prof Range Hood Filter Cleaning Is Better?

As you see, cleaning the hood-based filter is a tricky and long process. Many small details require professional disassembly. Without a certain experience, the household appliance could be broken in the process.

In that type of mechanism, not only the body and lattice should be washed. Many little elements cannot be changed and washed at home. It is difficult to clean the exhaust filter which is located deep inside. Also, cleaning hood vents is tough and even dangerous. You may harm yourself with the sharp edges. Entrust cleansing and replacement of the filter to SD Pro Appliance Repair professionals. We are skilled in dealing with even complex contaminations.

Locations We Render Services in

Pro Appliance performs repair works at San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar, Chula Vista, Santee, and other cities across California. Contact us to find out if we are working in your city. Usually, we can get to any required place.

Brands We Maintain, Repair, Dismantle

We apply professional equipment that removes grease fastly and leaves the covering material intact and perfect. That allows us to repair most world-famous brands such as  LG, Samsung, Electrolux, Whirlpool, and many others.

Also, we detect the tech problems and advice on how to take care of them. In case of damage, we replace parts such as wax and coal filters. For every brand, we find a suitable structural component. Contact SD Pro Appliance Repair to get cleaning and fixing in San Diego and cities nearby. Our services guarantee a qualified long-term solution to save money and make your appliances run well. Call or book an appointment on our website.