Even though a kitchen chimney is going to get most of the cooking smoke out of your house, there are still chances that it starts causing efficiency issues after a couple of months of regular use. The key reason behind inefficient working is poor maintenance, debris in the chimney pipes, need for replacing filters, or more. If you are going to get a kitchen chimney, the seller won’t be telling you maintenance tips but here we are with all the important things that you should know about.
A kitchen chimney works with the use of small fans which pull most of the cooking smoke into the chimney. There are small filters that pick up large particles and let the air get into a large pipe. This pipe has exit outside of your home. When you are using a kitchen chimney, some parts start catching the sticky smoke and start causing efficiency issues. So, it is important that you keep your kitchen chimney clean. Below mentioned is a step by step guide for easy cleaning –
- What to use?
In every home, there are many things that can come in handy to get your kitchen chimney cleaned. No doubt that most of the ingredients are effective in cleaning process but going with some of the best cleaning agent will reduce efforts. Here are a few of the things that you can try –
- Dishwashing Liquid
- Caustic Soda
- Baking Soda
- Paint Thinner
- Detergent powder
These are a few of the things that you can use while cleaning your kitchen chimney in an easy manner. Make sure that you go with the use of mild cleaning agents. These cleaning agents will clean effectively and prevent from having any reaction with the chimney material.
- Start from Filters
As you can find that there are small filters inside the chimney which are easy to unscrew. Each manufacturer offers an instruction manual to learn about the installation process. The same process will help you uninstall the filter out of the chimney.
After removing the filters, you can wash them and use a cleaning agent to remove a greasy layer. It will take some effort but if you have a good quality thinner or cleaning agent then it will take a couple of minutes.
- Cleaning the pipe
There is an exhaust pipe that connects to the chimney and exits outside your home. This large pipe collects plenty of smoke in a couple of months. Due to this, you should be cleaning the pipe for effective use. The best method of cleaning the pipe is to remove and wash it properly. If there is too much grease and it is hard to remove, then replacing the exhaust pipe will be a better choice. Make sure that you clean all the filters and get rid of excess grease with the use of a wet cloth.
There are mainly three types of filters used in kitchen chimney. Each one has a cleaning period that you have to keep in mind. You have to clean Cassette Filters within a period of 8 to 10 days after daily use. Baffle Filters are better and require cleaning after 2 weeks and the last one is Baffle Filters and it last for around 3 to 6 months effectively.