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Video:Clean Stove Exhaust Hood

with Debbie Anderson

Get rid of excess dirt and grime in the kitchen by regularly cleaning the stove exhaust hood. Find out how in a few easy steps.See Transcript

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Transcript:Clean Stove Exhaust Hood

Hi. I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com.

The Exhaust Hood over your kitchen stove can become caked in dirt and grease buildup overtime. So, today I'm going to show you how to clean and degrease your kitchen stove exhaust hood in just a few easy steps!

What You Need to Clean the Stove Exhaust Hood

For this task, you will need newspaper, liquid degreasing dish soap, a plastic bowl, a sponge, a pair of rubber gloves, a roll of paper towels, a butane lighter, a scrub brush, and a clean towel.

Prepare the Stove for Cleaning

First, make sure that all of the burner knobs are turned to the “off” position on the stove. If you have a gas stove, after opening windows and doors to improve ventilation, remove the burners on the stove top and blow out the pilot lights to the burners on the top of the stove.

Then, place several newspapers across the stove top to catch any drips that happen while you're cleaning the exhaust hood. Next, after making sure the light and fan switches on the exhaust hood are turned off, remove the light bulb from the exhaust hood and place it in a safe location.

Clean the Filter Screen

Then, rotate the latches holding the filter screen in place to remove the filter screen and expose the exhaust hood fan blades.

After putting on your rubber gloves, fill the kitchen sink up with 4 inches of scolding hot water and liquid dish soap. Then, place the filter screen in the soapy water and allow it to soak in the soapy water while you clean the rest of the exhaust hood.

Clean the Exhaust Hood Surface

Next, pour a small amount of liquid dish soap in the bottom of a large plastic bowl and fill the bowl 2/3 of the way up the bowl with scolding hot water. Soak a clean sponge in the soapy water in the bowl and then use the non-abrasive side of the sponge to gently degrease and clean the upper outside surface of the exhaust hood. If the grease buildup on the exhaust hood is heavily soiled, pour a small amount of liquid dish soap directly onto the non-abrasive side of the sponge and thoroughly wipe down and gently scrub the grease buildup on the exhaust hood.

Next, rinse your sponge in the bowl of soapy water and continue to wipe down the upper outside surface of the exhaust hood until it is clean.

Degrease the Exhaust Hood

Next, starting at the top center section of the inside of the exhaust hood and working your way down toward the outer edge gutters at the bottom of the exhaust hood, use the non-abrasive side of your sponge and hot soapy water to work in small circles so you can thoroughly scrub and degrease all of the inside surfaces and small metal edges on the underside of the exhaust hood.

Remember to Work Safely

It's important to note here, that when cleaning the areas near the light bulb socket and the fan blades, take your time and use extra precaution so that water doesn't accidentally drip into any electrical wiring built into the exhaust hood.

Wipe Area with a Towel

Once all of the inside and outside surfaces of the exhaust hood are clean and and free of grease buildup, use a clean towel to gently wipe down all of the inside and outside exhaust hood surfaces.

Next, use the non-abrasive side of the wet soapy sponge to wipe down the light bulb and gently dry the bulb with a clean paper towel.

Screw the light bulb back into place on the underside of the exhaust hood.

Scrub the Filter Screen

Next, use your scrub brush to thoroughly scrub and scour the filter screen that is soaking in hot soapy water and rinse the filter screen with hot tap water to remove any leftover grease buildup in the filter screen.

Replace Filter

Dry the filter with a clean towel. Then insert the filter screen back over the fan blades on the underside of the exhaust hood and rotate the filter latches to hold the filter screen firmly back in place.

Next, remove the newspaper from the stove top surface and thoroughly wipe down the stove top with a clean wet soapy sponge.

Dry Areas of the Stove Exhaust Hood

Use a clean towel to gently dry off the top of the stove.

Finally, use a butane lighter to relight the pilot lights and then carefully place the burners back on the stove top, if you have a gas stove.

Now repeat this process on a monthly basis to prevent tough grease and soiling stains from building up on your kitchen stove exhaust hood and you're kitchen will always feel fresh and clean! Thank you for watching! To learn more, please visit us on the web at About.com!
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