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.


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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