The Importance of Cleaning Your Commercial Exhaust Hoods

As a restaurant owner, one of the most important things to the success of your business is keeping your restaurant clean and sanitary. One item in the commercial kitchen that often gets overlooked when cleaning is the exhaust hood. In addition to simply wanting a clean restaurant, cleaning the exhaust hoods is required by the National Fire Protection Agency. Insurance agents use their guidelines to determine liability should a fire occur. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of cleaning and maintaining your commercial exhaust hoods from Fast Fix LLC.

Benefits of Exhaust Hood Maintenance  


Commercial exhaust hoods are a vital part of ventilation in your restaurant. Aside from sure cleanliness, maintaining your commercial exhaust hoods has its benefits:
  • Improved indoor air quality 
  • Reduce dangerous particle emissions
  • Decreases possibility of mold, mildew and bacteria growth 
  • Reduce the risk of fire 
  • Increased exhaust hood efficiency
  • Staying in compliance 
  • Possible insurance rate deductions with regularly scheduled cleanings  

Regular Cleaning of Exhaust Hood Timeline 


With so many rules and regulations that commercial kitchens have to abide by, you might think that the exhaust hoods don't have much priority. However, insurance companies, fire marshals and health inspectors require regular cleanings. Below is a general guideline of how often your exhaust hoods should be cleaned, based on the type of commercial kitchen you have:
  • Hoods over non-grease appliances have a 1 year cleaning requirement. 
  • Pizza restaurants and oven hoods have a 180 day cleaning requirement. 
  • Average restaurants, cafeterias and hotel or hospital kitchens have a 90 day cleaning requirement. 
  • Hamburger and fast food restaurants, wood-burning or charcoal-burning stoves and restaurants open 24-hours have a 30 day cleaning requirement. 

The build-up of grease and other debris in your commercial exhaust hoods can lead to other maintenance issues. Fast Fix LLC is experienced in commercial exhaust hood maintenance in Missouri and Western Illinois. We're here to make sure everything in your commercial kitchen is running properly and efficiently. Give us a call at 573-544-0456 for all your Missouri and Western Illinois restaurant maintenance and repair needs! Ask about our individualized maintenance plans too!

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Fast Fix LLC. Restaurant Services
9403 County Road 154
Auxvasse, MO 65231

Phone: 573-254-3748
St. Louis Customers: 636-FASTFIX
Website: www.FastFixLLC.com

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