The Best Way to Clean Extractor Fan Filter

Extractor fans are very effective at removing smells and fumes when cooking. However, the fan filters can quickly become clogged up with grease and grime, potentially leading to unpleasant smells and fires. Continue reading to discover how to clean cooker hood and extractor fans.

We cannot stop grime reaching the filters, but we can stop a thick layer of grime building that will affect the performance of the fan. The longer you avoid cleaning the extractor hood and filters the less effective the fan will be.

So, let’s get your extractor fan back to working its best, by following our guide on how to clean extractor fan filters. If you are wondering how to clean extractor fan filter Mrs Hinch style, don’t worry our advice is the next best thing. If you are looking to clean the whole extractor hood, follow our guide on how to clean an extractor fan here.

What is an Extractor Fan Filter?

Extractor fan filters are the fine mesh grates on underside of the hood. The grease filters are an important, but often neglected part of every extractor fan hood. The role of the filters is to prevent grease and fumes reaching the extraction vents. If the vents become clogged with grease, this would lead to complications with the extractor fan. A filter extractor fan must be looked after, and cleaning needs to be maintained. There are many different filters for extractor fans, and all are important. Find out more below.  If you are wondering how to clean a metal mesh cooker hood filter, the below methods apply. 

Reasons to Keep Extractor Fan Filters Clean

  • Extractor fan cleaning is important because a dirty extractor fan filter can attract unwanted guests, from files to cockroaches.
  • Grease clogged fan filters can be a fire hazard.
  • When the extractor fan becomes blocked with grease and grime, it will work less efficiently.
  • If the fan filters are clogged, it could lead to unpleasant smells.

How to Clean Extractor Fan Filters and How to Clean Cooker Hood Filter

Cleaning cooker hood filters is an important chore to keep on top of to avoid clogging and grease build ups. 

You Will Need

  • Hot water
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Baking soda or Bicarbonate Soda
  • Soft cloth
  • Non-abrasive brush

 How to clean kitchen extractor fan

  1. Carefully remove the filters from the hood. The majority of filters should easily pop or slide out.
  2. Fill a large bucket or sink with hot water.
  3. Add a few drops of dishwashing soap and a sprinkle of baking soda into the water. Mix the solution together with a brush, remember the water is very hot!
  4. Place the filters into the water. Submerge the filters into the boiling water, ensuring they are completely covered.
  5. Allow the filters to soak for 10 minutes or more.
  6. Time to scrub. After the filters have been left to soak, scrub them with a non-abrasive brush. For stubborn stains, you may need to add more dish soap directly to the brush.
  7. Once all the grease, grime and dust have been removed, thoroughly rinse the filters in hot water. Then dry with paper towels or a clean cloth.
  8. Put the filters back into the hood and admire your hard work. Repeat the deep cleaning process every 1-2 months.

 Prevent Grease Build Up on Fan Filters

Cleaning the extractor filters and cooker hood regularly is very important. To make the deep clean easier in the future and ensure the fan is working well, you should put measures in place to prevent a build-up of grease.

  • Every time you use the hob, wipe the cooker hood grease filter over with a cloth or paper towel. Make sure the fan and hood are completely cooled before cleaning.
  • The filter should be regularly cleaned between each deep clean of the extractor hood, to reduce the clogging of grease.
  • Grime in the fan filters is mostly caused by frying, so consider buying a splatter guard.

Call the Professionals

If you think your extractor fans requires a little extra TLC or you are still left wondering ‘how to clean oven fan’ then our Ovenclean specialists offer an extractor fan deep cleaning service. When you book with Ovenclean, you can be assured that you are hiring the professionals. We will leave your extractor fan gleaming and take all the mess with us.

To discuss your requirements with your local specialist, give us a call today on 0800 840 7127 or click below for your free no-obligation cleaning quote.

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