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How Often Should Kitchen Extracts be Cleaned to Help Prevent Fires

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Kitchen Extractors are one of the biggest fire hazards in a commercial kitchen, and it’s important that we ensure that we reduce the risk that one can start.

The two ways in which an extractor fire is likely to start are both similar, and yet must be carefully considered when thinking about maintenance and cleaning. Either the filter becomes clogged with grease and oils that are being created when cooking, which themselves can catch fire from a spark or hot ash entering the extractor, or oily dust can coat the filter itself, which is both difficult to detect initially, and as a result even harder to stop.  So how often should we maintain our extractors to ensure the safety of the kitchen?

First and foremost, you should clean the hoods and filters daily, to ensure that no dangerous build-up of oils and wastes can occur.

How frequently the ductwork extraction cleaning should occur depends on the size of your business, and the usage of the kitchen in which it is situated. If you are running a small café for example, then cleaning and degreasing is usually safe to be a yearly task.

Should you use your extractor for anywhere between 6 and 12 hours daily, then bi-annually is a much safer guideline to depend on. This is generally going to be small businesses and places operating with a more general set of working hours.

Finally, if you’re running an operation that has a working kitchen for more than 12 hours every day, then it’s very important that you have your extraction cleaning occur at least once every 3 months, potentially more frequently if you’re working with deep fat frying and food is cooked with large amounts of fats and oils, such as fast food establishments.

Your safety is first and foremost, so if it’s time for you to clean your extractor and you're looking for duct cleaning specialists, contact KDC today on 0208 245 8850 for a free, no obligation quote.

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