Kitchen Hood Cleaning
If you've got a hob, or a grill, then you've got a hood. Your hood takes away the steam, the smoke, the gasses, the airborne fat droplets, and all the other bad stuff that happens when you super heat cooking equipment and food. Without it you just don't have a usable kitchen because it would quickly become impossible to breathe and work and don't even think about what it would do to the food. So clearly keeping a clean hood is a priority, and yet like all the other cleaning in the kitchen it's not the top priority on your mind when the day is done and the last customer leaves. Chances are that your staff clean dishes, wipe surfaces, and make sure hobs and refrigerators look hygienic and good to go again tomorrow. Nobody even looks at the hood. Are we right? Yet one of the first things any inspector will check is the hood because it's the beating heart of the kitchen when it comes to gas extraction and safety. So don't leave it to chance. Leave it to us.
When people imagine kitchen fires they imagine the deep fat fryer combusting. And with good reason; deep frying is one of the top culprits when it comes to commercial kitchen fires. But hood fires are in many ways worse. Worse because they are above head height and designed to take gas away which means that if fat droplets burn in the hood they will most likely be swept away and spread. Worse too because the hood helps connect the kitchen and the fire with the roof and possible fat stored on it. But most of all worse because a hood fire is often out of sight and unlike a deep fryer it can get raging before people realize it's even alight. So never take chances on kitchen hood cleanliness.
The best hoods have built in fire suppression systems and we can advise you on that. But don't forget that even the best fire suppression systems rely on sensors that themselves are quickly overwhelmed by grease and fat build up so that the system is 'blind' to a fire when it happens. The only reliable answer to that is regular and professional inspections and cleaning.
With the trend towards visible kitchens the customers increasingly expect gleaming stainless steel when they catch a glimpse of the kitchen. You can often tell at a glance if a hood isn't properly cleaned, not just because the outside isn't shiny but because as it gets progressively more blocked and performs worse there will be grease, smoke and steam that stray back out of the hood itself and leave streak marks. A clean hood looks good, and works well.
We don't just clean hoods. We clean hoods to meet standards and legal requirements so that there is the required distance between flame and hood lip and all filters and other components are correctly installed, cleaned, and functioning properly. Being able to prove you called us in is a key element if you ever have to demonstrate that you respected your responsibility as an owner.