Spokane, WA Kitchen Hood Cleaning Service
Washington Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Hood Cleaning
Bare Metal Standard provides professional hood cleaning services for Spokane businesses. Restaurant hood cleaning services by Bare Metal Standard are critical part of adhering to health and safety regulations. In a busy Spokane commercial kitchen, the hood’s filter can get clogged with grease, dirt and smoke buildup. Over time, this lowers the filter’s and hood’s efficiency. An ineffective hood is a fire hazard. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 96 is a document that explains all of the requirements for cleaning the hood and its exhaust system. Keeping up with routine hood cleaning and maintenance ensures that a restaurant is in compliance with current Washington health, safety and fire prevention standards.
Bare Metal Standard’s kitchen hood cleaning service uses a proprietary cleaning process that is performed by trained professionals to deliver a clean and safe exhaust system.
We serve ALL commercial kitchens in Spokane, WA including education facilities and cafeterias, restaurants, hospital cafeterias, and industrial/plant cleaning. With BARE METAL STANDARD of Washington, you’ll never fail another inspection: Guaranteed.
2207 N. McKinzie Lane, Suite 105,
Liberty Lake, WA 99019
2207 N. McKinzie Lane, Suite 105,
Liberty Lake, WA 99019
We do FREE inspections! Give us a call at 509-903-0959 or contact us online to schedule your FREE kitchen exhaust system inspection and we’ll let you know what needs to be done to get you back up to current fire code.
Surrounding Washington Cities:
Spokane Valley, WA
Federal Way, WA
Frequency of Commercial Hood Cleaning in Washington
The required frequency of hood cleaning for Washington depends on the type and activity level of the kitchen. The NFPA requires monthly hood cleaning in kitchens that engage in solid fuel cooking operations. In systems that involve serving high-volume cooking operations, including 24-hour cooking, wok or charbroil cooking, quarterly hood cleaning is required. In a kitchen with moderate-volume cooking operations, the hood should be cleaned every six months. In a system with low-volume cooking, such as a day camp, church or seasonal business, annual hood cleaning is required.
Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Service by Trained Professionals
The NFPA 96 document also provides guidance on who should clean the kitchen hood. If an inspector finds the hood to be contaminated with greasy deposits, the whole exhaust system has to be cleaned. This must be done by a technician with the proper certifications, training and experience. The entire hood exhaust system includes the hood, filter, fan, vertical and horizontal ducts and grease removal devices. The NFPA 96 documentation goes on to explain that the hood cleaning should be done before there is enough combustible contamination, such as oily sludge or grease, to ignite and sustain a fire.
Why Grease Is a Problem on Kitchen Vent Hoods
Grease and particles from smoke are fire hazards. They also impact the hood fan’s lifespan. The particles and grease may cause corrosion and cause the equipment to operate less efficiently. If the whole system isn’t regularly cleaned, the buildup is a serious fire risk for Spokane restaurants whenever a cook-top or oven is used.
Particles That Build Up in Commercial Hoods
While grease is the main source of buildup in kitchen hoods and filters, it’s not the only substance that increases the risk of a fire. Mold, soot, dust and oily deposits can also stick to the hood, filter, fan and ducts.
Risks of Skipping NFPA Required Restaurant Kitchen Hood Cleaning
When grease and oily substances build up on surfaces, bacteria thrive. This is especially true in a warm, humid restaurant kitchen where large quantities of food are prepared every day. This buildup may cause foul odors to develop. Skipping routine maintenance on the kitchen hood could also lead to an invalidation of business insurance. Compliance with the NFPA 96 regulations is required for restaurant owners to maintain their business insurance policy in the state of Washington. Reduced airflow efficiency of a clogged hood may cause the kitchen to get too hot. This is uncomfortable for employees, and it can make food spoil faster. It will also drive up the costs of utility bills because refrigerators and freezers will have to cycle more frequently to account for the higher kitchen temperature.
Signs That It’s Time Hire A Kitchen Hood Cleaning Company
It is important to be aware of the signs that a hood needs to be cleaned. These signs include visible dirt or grease inside the extraction system and a duct or canopy that’s visibly stained. If the smoke isn’t clearing when the fan is on its fastest setting, the whole system is operating inefficiently and needs a thorough cleaning. If the fan’s motor is making an unusual or loud noise, the hood needs to be cleaned as soon as possible.
If you see any of these signs contact Bare Metal Standard immediately to have your kitchen exhaust system cleaned.
Benefits of a Clean Restaurant Hood
A clean restaurant kitchen hood lowers the risk of a fire. Clean hoods enhance the extraction system’s ability to remove vapors, odors, steam, smoke and heat. Keeping up with hood cleaning also lowers the amount of wear and tear on the extraction equipment. The equipment will last longer and incur fewer breakdowns.
- Enhance kitchen airflow. Grime and grease build-up in the ventilation systems reduce air circulation and makes the environment uncomfortable to be in.
- Reduce kitchen fire risks. Grease is flammable. Therefore, neglecting your kitchen hood with the piling grease build-up increases the chance of a fire incident.
- Improves kitchen hygiene. Regular kitchen hood cleaning reduces the chances of food contamination.
- Compliance with NFPA 96 regulations. The NFPA 96 has outlined the need for regular mandatory kitchen hood cleaning. Failure to comply leads to fines and possible restaurant closure in the state of Washington.
Before & After Kitchen Hood Cleaning Gallery
Commercial kitchen exhaust systems can vary greatly between kitchens, but we’ve seen it all and we can clean it all. Our process is meticulous, and we always leave your facility meticulously clean.