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Kitchen Canopy Cleaning: When and Why?

Unsure why or even when you need to have your kitchen canopy cleaned? Here is a list of everything you need to know when it comes to grease and your kitchen canopy.

1. How Often Should I Have It Cleaned?

According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) standards, kitchen exhaust system cleaning should be carried out as follows:

  • Solid fuel cooking operations – need to be inspected monthly.
  • High volume cooking operations – need to be inspected quarterly, such as 24-hour, charbroiling or wok establishments.
  • Moderate-volume cooking operations – need to be inspected semi-annually.
  • Low-volume cooking operations – need to be inspected annually, such as churches, day camps or seasonal businesses.

How Do I Know if It Needs Cleaning?

Outside of those regulated maintenance timelines, simply a visual of the canopy interior will tell you If it’s due for a clean. An accumulation of grease is dangerous and needs to be cleaned away.

What’s Involved in the Cleaning?

The correct cleaning of your kitchen canopy will require scraping away all of the surfaces, scrubbing and washing. Then it will need to have both the interior and exterior pressure washed, including the firewall and floor underneath the equipment.

What is Clean?

When you can visually see bare metal, then your canopy is clean. NFPA standards dictate that all hoods, fans, ducts and other relevant deceives need to be removed and cleaned of all grease residue as well as the canopy.

Should I Hire a Professional Cleaning Company?

Yes, specifically a professional grease and canopy cleaning company. They will be able to provide you with a written report detailing the clean for you to file away and present when inspected or for insurance claims.

Grease Busters is a dependable commercial kitchen cleaning company that specialises in canopy cleaning, exhaust fan cleaning and kitchen exhaust cleaning. We service Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Tweed Heads through to Byron Bay, and have done so for over ten years.

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