Chimneys perform an important task of keeping your kitchen clean. But what about keeping your chimney clean? Here we are sharing our thoughts on kitchen chimney cleaning.
Indian cooking uses a lot many types of oils. The number of spices and the amount of oil we use for cooking make our kitchen countertop, wall tiles, cabinets and other things looking yellow and oily. However if you have electric chimney installed, Getting an electric chimney takes care of a ton of issues in your kitchen and supplant them with only one – chimney cleaning.
Even though it may seem easy, chimney cleaning is actually a difficult task for any normal person. Without correct information, cleaning a kitchen chimney at home should be avoided for the best.
It’s highly unlikely that a normal person who is not expert in handling the toxic chemicals would be able to apply the chemical properly. It’s far-fetched that you may have necessary instrument or essential information on the best way to do an appropriate chimney cleaning.
Dirtblaster Cleaning Services team is expert as well as very well experienced in handling such situations where chimney cleaning is very necessary. We have trained our professionals in proper handling of toxic chemicals which are necessary to clean the greasy and grimy chimney.
Basically chimney can be cleaned in two different ways. One is normal cleaning which includes cleaning the outer area and the filters only. Other type of cleaning is complete cleaning which means dismantling the complete chimney and cleaning the all interior parts of it including motor, fan, filter etc and the exterior part too.
How Does A Kitchen Chimney Work?
Installing a kitchen chimney will ensure that smoke, oil and odour arising out of cooking gets trapped inside and is not released in the home environment. This trapping will keep your kitchen clean and will prevent breathing issues.
A lot of solid and liquid microscopic particles are released in air while cooking. These particles consist of small food particles, oil, water vapour, smoke and odour fumes. These tiny particles are harmful for people living and can cause respiratory issues.
Over a period of time, these particles settle and stick to kitchen countertop, wall, tiles, home appliances, trolleys, cabinets etc. This becomes yellowish after some time and destroys the good look of our kitchen making it greasy and grimy.
Kitchen chimney does a very good job of trapping these harmful particles and keeping our kitchen clean.
Below is the mechanism of how kitchen chimney works.
Solid and liquid particles emitted during cooking process pass through the chimney. The grease gets trapped inside the filter and moisture and smoke are released into the environment through the ducts.
There are two types of chimneys, with duct and without duct.
The ducted chimneys have duct to release the smoke into outside air while ductless chimney doesn’t have a duct. This is the only major difference between these two. Also, ductless chimneys have additional carbon filter which ducted chimneys don’t have.
Principle Of Chimney Cleaning
In ductless chimneys, when a cooking air enters the chimney, the grease filters remove the oil droplets from the air. This process works primarily on the principle of a hot air changing its direction quickly and multiple times through the fine mesh filter causing the steam and grease to condense and separate. When this air now passes further through carbon filter, odour, smoke particles and vapours are eliminated. This air is then again released back into the house.
Ducted chimneys are more expensive than ductless chimneys. But their filters can be washed and hence the maintenance cost of ducted chimneys is very less.
Alternatively, grease filters of ductless chimneys can be washed but the carbon filters are non-washable and hence need to be replaced every few months. This makes it more expensive to maintain.
How to Clean a Kitchen Chimney At Home?
Cleaning a kitchen chimney is an extremely troublesome and tedious task. The vast majority of our Indian cooking includes lot of spices and oils which produces lot of smoke. A Kitchen chimney is useful in sucking out the steam and smoke delivered while cooking. The oil and grease present in smoke can stall out in the middle of the filters which can diminish the effectiveness of the chimney.
So cleaning the chimney frequently will not only keep the chimney clean but will improve its productivity.
Below mentioned are the best step by step methods to clean a kitchen chimney easily at home.
We will use items for cleaning which are easily available in our homes such as vinegar, baking soda, dishwashing liquid.
1. Dishwashing Liquid
Dish soap or liquid dishwashing soap is effectively accessible in each home. It is highly foaming mixture of surfactants which effortlessly unblock and expel the oil and grease.
Apart from using it to clean the utensils, it can be used effectively to clean the chimney too.
Remove the filters of the chimney.
Put ample amount of dish soap on to the filters and spread it using a scrubber or sponge.
Similarly apply the liquid soap on the exterior part of the chimney and leave it for 1-2 hours.
Dip these filters into a bucket filled with hot water.
Leave it for 2-3 hours or as required.
Now take them out and scrub using any mild scrubber.
Scrub the exterior part of the chimney too.
You will find that the grease is coming out very easily.
Wash it with clean water and dry completely.
2. Boiling Water
This is perhaps the least demanding approaches to clean a kitchen chimney filters. It is actually a time saving option. The bubbling hot water unblocks the oil and grease stains present on the channels.
Take a flat steel container and place the filters in it.
Now add water into the container so that filters are fully immersed in it.
Put it on the gas and let it boil for 30 minutes on moderate flame.
After 30 min, turn off the gas and remove the filters.
Wash them with clean cold water. The grease will be gone easily.
Dry them completely and put back.
3. Baking Soda
The abrasive properties of baking soda make it a very commonly used household cleaning product. It is easily available too in any household. These abrasive properties make the baking soda one of the ideal options to clean the kitchen chimney.
Remove the filters and place in a bucket.
Pour hot water into the bucket. Make sure that the filters are completely immersed in it.
Add 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda & 2-3 cups of vinegar.
Leave it for 2-3 hours or overnight if possible.
Now remove the filters from the solution and scrub it using mild scrubber. The grease should come off without much effort.
Wash with tap water and dry completely before putting them back.
Vinegar has a lot many uses in cleaning. Kitchen chimney filter cleaning is one of them.
Vinegar is also considered as the best all purpose homemade cleaner. Vinegar is an antibacterial solution.
You can read more about vinegar and its uses in our article ‘Everything You Need To Know About Vinegar’.
Take a little tub loaded up with hot bubbling water.
Add 1 – 2 cups of vinegar and mix it well.
Now dip the chimney filters into it and leave it overnight.
The vinegar will cut into the grease.
Now scrub the filters with a mild scrubber and you will that the grease has gone.
Wash it with plain water and dry completely.
Dirtblaster Cleaning Services provide you with kitchen chimney cleaning that extend the life of your chimney and make your inside air clean, safe & healthy for kids and pets.
Our cleaning procedure is comprehensive. We will bring our own material which is of industry grade and will ask nothing from your end.
We will clean the mess too after the chimney cleaning.
Dirtblaster cleaning services is one of the most popular cleaning services companies in Pune.
We use industry grade chemicals from Diversey company and other tools we use are also of professional grade.
We do not outsource our tasks and all our team is in-house only.
Our team members are very well trained and experienced.
Background of all the staff has been verified by us.
We have standard pricing.
We guarantee 100% satisfaction on all our services.
Our chimney cleaning services are strong enough to clean the deepest stains, gentle enough not to damage the chimney and are safe for your entire family.
Our Kitchen Chimney Cleaning Procedure
Here is the step by step process how we clean any chimney.
- We will first clear out the kitchen countertop. We will make sure that no food is kept on the countertop.
- Unplug the chimney. Check if the chimney is hot or cool. If the chimney is too hot, we will wait for it to come down to room temperature.
- We will remove the grease filters carefully and will spray the kitchen degreaser chemical on both the sides of the filter and leave it in kitchen sink.
- After spraying the degreaser on interior of the chimney as well as outer areas of the chimney, we will start scrubbing it with a mild scrubber.
- Once this is complete, we will start cleaning the filters thoroughly.
- To clean the corners and the edges, we will use a toothbrush or some other pointed object and will make sure that the chimney is completely grease and grime free.
- Now we will clean the mess and the kitchen sink. We will wipe the kitchen countertop with a microfiber cloth.
Q. How often should kitchen chimney cleaning be done?
A. Cleaning a chimney should be done once in every six months. At least once in a year is must.
This will ensure the proper functioning of your chimney as well as regular cleaning will increase the life of your expensive appliance.
Q. How long does it take to clean a chimney?
A. Normally it takes approximately 45 min to 1 hour to clean a chimney.
In some cases, it may take longer than this depending upon how dirty the chimney is.
Q. How much does it cost to clean a chimney?
A. Our rates for kitchen chimney cleaning starts from Rs 499 only.
Q. Do you clean chimney from all the brands?
A. Yes, we undertake chimney cleaning for all the brands.
Q. What happens if you don’t clean your chimney?
A. “Dirty chimneys can cause chimney fires damaging structures, destroying homes and injuring or killing people,” the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) says.
Our team will visit your house on time and will do the proper thorough cleaning of your kitchen chimney. We do not leave any mess after and clean it immediately before leaving.
Part of our Indian cooking produces smoke which lets the chimneys collect an excess of dust and oil in the kitchen. The oil and grease can obstruct the channels and diminish the suction power, which in the long run decreases the productivity of a kitchen chimney. In this way, kitchen chimney cleaning is one of the significant things to keep up chimney’s productivity for long time.