Brisbane Chefs: Don’t Neglect Your Kitchen’s Range Hood Ducts

As a chef in a commercial kitchen in Brisbane, you know how important it is to keep your kitchen clean and safe for your customers and staff. However, one area that is often overlooked when it comes to cleaning is the range hood duct system. Neglecting to clean these ducts can lead to serious safety hazards, regulatory violations, and costly damage to your kitchen. In this article, we’ll discuss why Brisbane chefs should not neglect their kitchen’s range hood ducts and how regular cleaning can benefit your business.

The Dangers of Dirty Ducts

Over time, range hood ducts can become coated with a layer of grease, dust, and other debris. This buildup can pose serious risks to the health and safety of your customers and staff. First and foremost, dirty ducts can be a fire hazard. Grease buildup in your ducts can ignite and cause a serious kitchen fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 22% of reported fires in restaurants between 2014 and 2018 involved cooking equipment, including range hoods. In fact we wrote a whole blog article about real world, kitchen catastrophic fires (number 3 is terrifying – poor Rooster!).

In addition to fire hazards, dirty ducts can also lead to poor air quality in your kitchen. The buildup of grease and other debris can cause foul odours, smoke, and other irritants to be released into the air. This can lead to respiratory issues and other health problems for your staff and customers. Neglecting to clean your ducts can also result in regulatory violations, which can lead to fines and other penalties.

The Benefits of Regular Range Hood Duct Cleaning

Fortunately, there is a solution to these problems. Regular range hood duct cleaning can help prevent safety hazards, regulatory violations, and equipment damage. By choosing a professional service like Grease Busters, you can ensure that your ducts are thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis.

The benefits of regular range hood duct cleaning include:

  1. Improved Safety: By removing grease buildup from your ducts, you can reduce the risk of fire in your kitchen. This can help protect your staff, customers, and property.
  2. Better Air Quality: A clean duct system can help improve the air quality in your kitchen. This can reduce the risk of respiratory issues and other health problems for your staff and customers.
  3. Regulatory Compliance: Regular duct cleaning can help ensure that your kitchen is in compliance with local and national regulations. This can help you avoid costly fines and other penalties.
  4. Extended Equipment Life: By keeping your ducts clean, you can help extend the life of your range hood and other kitchen equipment. This can save you money in the long run by reducing the need for costly repairs or replacements.

Tips for Maintaining Clean Ducts

While regular range hood duct cleaning is essential, there are also steps you can take to maintain clean ducts between professional cleanings. Here are a few tips:

  1. Use the Right Cleaning Products: When cleaning your range hoods, it’s important to use the right cleaning products. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals that can damage your the surface. Instead, use mild, non-toxic cleaners that are safe for your equipment.
  2. Properly Dispose of Grease and Other Waste: Improper disposal of grease and other waste can contribute to buildup in your ducts. Make sure that you are disposing of grease and other waste in the appropriate containers and following local regulations for disposal.
  3. Schedule Regular Cleanings: In addition to regular professional cleanings, it’s important to schedule regular inspections of your duct system. This can help identify potential issues before they become major problems.

Customer Success Stories

At Grease Busters, we have helped many chefs and restaurant owners in Brisbane maintain clean and safe kitchens through our range hood duct cleaning services. Here are a few success stories from our satisfied customers:

Case Study #1: Brisbane Restaurant Avoids Costly Fire Damage

One of our clients, a popular restaurant in Brisbane, contacted us after concerns that his previous service provider was not doing a good job. Upon inspection of their range hood duct system, we discovered a significant buildup of grease, possibly the worst we’ve ever seen, producing 20 Litres of highly combustible grease from the duct walls! This was a kitchen catastrophe waiting to happen. We immediately performed a thorough cleaning of their ducts and provided recommendations for maintaining clean ducts in the future. Since then, the restaurant has not has been a solid client of ours as he’s only willing to trust the best in the business.

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Case Study #2: Carindale, Brisbane Venue – previous service provider only cleaned up to arms length

We were called to a venue in Carindale, Brisbane, where the manager had quality concerns over previous work by a 3rd party. When we got there we found the ductwork had access problems which the previous providers had worked around by only cleaning what could be reached by reaching their arms through!.

Our dedicated duct rats, climbed through the filter housing hole and shimmied along the entire duct cleaning as they went.

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Case Study #3: Noisy Kitchen Exhaust in Brisbane: Grease Busters Bring Some Long Overdue Love

The restaurant owner contacts us to help him with a noisy kitchen duct fan. We suspected at the time of booking that the fan would be utterly clogged with filthy, sticky grease and we were correct. The previous “professional” cleaners had only cleaned up to where the canopy met the ducting, leaving as much as 20 years of grease build up inside the duct and around the fan blades.

The access panel had never been opened, and grease was leaking through onto the roof area of the kitchen.

The owner was naturally horrified when he saw out photos, as I’m sure you will be too!.

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To conclude

As a chef or restaurant owner in Brisbane, maintaining clean range hood ducts is essential for the safety and success of your business. By neglecting to clean your duct system, you risk serious safety hazards, regulatory violations, and costly damage to your kitchen equipment. Regular range hood duct cleaning can help prevent these issues and provide numerous benefits, including improved safety, better air quality, regulatory compliance, and extended equipment life.

At Grease Busters, we are committed to helping Brisbane chefs and restaurant owners maintain clean and safe kitchens through our range hood duct cleaning services. Contact us today to schedule a cleaning and learn more about how we can help your business thrive.


Author bio


Cameron Monley is the charming and quirky mastermind behind the thriving commercial kitchen range hood cleaning business Grease Busters.With a warm and friendly personality, Cameron excels at building personal relationships with his clients. He takes the time to get to know each client on a personal level, understanding their unique needs and concerns.Cameron's commitment to exceptional customer service, combined with his expertise in kitchen duct cleaning, sets him apart from the competition.He is known for his kind and caring nature, as well as his professional approach to business. With Cameron at the helm, you can be confident that your kitchen canopies are in good hands.With over 18 years of experience in the commercial kitchen cleaning industry, Cameron has been wiping out grease and grime since 2005, leaving his clients with sparkling clean and safe kitchens

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  • Avatar Danielle Wall ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    From the moment I made contact with Grease Busters I was greeted with efficient and friendly service! I needed my commercial kitchen cleaned within 2 days before the sale and hand over of my shop and Cameron and his team had the quote out to me that morning … read more and the job done 2 days later. I can not recommend them highly enough!
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    We have been utilizing Grease Busters for a few years now and they have been fantastic to work with.
    Cameron is always a pleasure to deal with and more than happy to accommodate working in with us to get the job done.
    The crew always turn up on time and
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    Great company to do business with.
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    First time using Grease busters on one of our commercial sites and could not fault their workmanship. Cameron was a pleasure to work beside from start to finish. He was also able to deliver a quick turnaround that helped me immensely. highly recommend! … read more