Hood Filter/ Vent Cleaning Options for Restaurants

Fire code regulations require that you keep your kitchen baffle grease filters clean and in good working order. A thorough cleaning is the only way to ensure hood filters don’t become overly clogged with grease, which can cause the following problems:

  • Impaired filtering capabilities
  • Smoky air accumulation in the kitchen
  • Excessive heat in the kitchen
  • Increased air conditioning costs
  • Extreme fire hazards
  • Exhaust system strain

Maintain a clean kitchen, promote safety and keep your utility bills under control by make baffle hood filter cleaning a top priority. Depending on your cooking volume, this maintenance task should take place monthly, weekly or even daily. Here’s a look at the three cleaning methods you have to choose from.


Hood Filter/ Vent Cleaning Options for RestaurantsHand or power washing

This is an effective, albeit tedious way to clean baffle grease filters. Follow these steps to clean a filter by hand:

  • Remove filter from the hood safely. Using a rag to protect your hand
  • Place the filter in a sink filled with hot, soapy water. An alternative is to take the filter outside and power wash it.
  • Scrub with a non-abrasive sponge or scrubber.
  • Dry the filters immediately after hand or power washing them and reinstall them in the hood.



Save time by cleaning filters in the dishwasher. This method works well with hinged hood filters. Follow these steps:

  • Remove a baffle grease filter from the hood.
  • Open the hinged filter and place it in a high-temperature dishwasher.
  • Fill the soap compartment the way you would if running a load of dishes.
  • Make sure all residue is removed from the filter after the washing cycle is complete.
  • Dry the filter completely and reinstall it in the hood.



A hood filter soak tank is an investment that saves both time and labor in the baffle hood filter cleaning process. Follow these steps to effectively soak your filters:

  • Fill a soak tank with water, stopping 6 inches below the top of the tank.
  • Add in degreaser
  • Remove the filter from the hood and wipe off excess grease with a paper towel.
  • Place up to six filters in the soak tank and allow them to soak overnight.
  • In the morning, remove the filters from the tank, rinse them clean and they’re ready for immediate use.

We can also take care of this dirty job for you. Call for details.

Hazards Overlooked by Many Foodservice Operators

The Fire, Safety, and Environmental Hazards Overlooked by Many Foodservice Operators

For most foodservice operators, what happens on the roof, is a distant concern to the daily challenges happening on ground level and there are a number of commonly overlooked commercial kitchen hazards.

It’s understandable considering all the issues there are to deal with – staffing, food prep, customers, maintenance, purchasing, food cost control…the list goes on and on. And as the hustle and chaos goes on in the kitchen, there is often a quiet and costly hazard being overlooked on the roof: grease discharge from the upblast exhaust fan.

Here’s what happens. Fats, oils, and grease are turned into aerosols during the cooking process and are pulled up into the exhaust hood system. They travel up the through duct work and exit through the upblast exhaust fan.  Ultimately, these highly flammable fats, oils, and grease seep out of the fan and onto the roof.

This grease buildup on the roof is cause for concern for several reasons, each with their own consequences.

First, roof grease damage poses a very serious fire hazard. Even if hood filters and ductwork are being properly cleaned and maintained, the grease spilled onto the rooftop is just as flammable and just as dangerous. Because this potential hazard is even more “out of sight, out of mind” than other fire hazards, many restaurant owners and managers don’t consider the risks of improper rooftop grease control until it’s too late.

Beyond fire hazards, grease leaks and spills can cause significant damage to rooftops themselves, breaking down roofing materials and causing warping, splits, cracks, softening, and blistering. This means reduced stability for the roof itself, which translates into the potential for catastrophic building damage, employee injury, or at the very least, the need for costly roof repair.

Excess rooftop grease damage also poses a significant environmental concern. If grease is allowed to spill or leak onto rooftops, over time it will be washed into gutters and storm sewers by the rain, eventually finding its way to bodies of water and causing damage to plant and animal life. Not only is this irresponsible, it can also result in fines from the Environmental Protection Agency for water contamination!

Similarly, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) also has standards in place for rooftop grease containment and grease control. Beyond the costs associated with fire damage, employee injury, insurance premiums, or rooftop replacement, failure to comply with NFPA and EPA regulations can result in fines, and even forced closure of your restaurant.

The solution to this problem, however, is actually quite simple. With the installation of an affordable grease containment system,  you can protect your roof from grease spills and excess runoff – as well as all of the costs associated with improper maintenance.

Rooftop grease containment systems are available in several designs to accommodate all exhaust fans and every situation from operations with low volume grease discharge to high volume needs. Every system includes its own type of grease absorbent filters (or pillows) to trap grease and repel water.

Compared to the potential costs of not addressing the problem, installation and maintenance of grease containment systems is minimal.  Systems range from $70 to $700 depending on the level of protection you need and the absorbent pillows should be changed each time the exhaust hood system is cleaned.

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