Questions to Ask When You Hire a Company to Clean Your Kitchen Exhaust System

A chef in a commercial kitchen.

When hiring a company to clean your kitchen exhaust systems, it’s crucial that you ask the right questions to ensure you’re getting the most comprehensive cleaning for facility. Routine cleaning is a great start, but how do you know your system is properly cleaned each time and that they’re servicing 100% of your system? Start with these four questions when hiring any kitchen exhaust cleaning company so that you know you’re getting the best and complete service/clean available in the industry.

1. Is your job estimate free and do you include important system design information such as videos or photos in the cleaning cost estimate?

BARE METAL STANDARD PROVES IT. We are capable of taking BEFORE and AFTER picture of the interior of your kitchen exhaust system. We want you to see for yourself how effective our proprietary process is and have assurance in knowing that your entire system was cleaned properly to 95% bare metal. You don’t have to take our word for it; we’ll give you the photographic evidence.

2. Do you suggest a custom cleaning schedule designed with my kitchen’s cooking volume in mind?

BARE METAL STANDARD SCHEDULES FOR YOU. We’ve developed custom scheduling software unique to the Bare Metal Standard brand that keeps your kitchen on track. We’ll remind you when it’s time to have your system degreased again based on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis. We are even able to track different systems on different rotations. When you run a busy commercial kitchen, you don’t have time to consider the last time your kitchen’s exhaust system was cleaned. We do the thinking for you.

3. Does this cleaning schedule reflect the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association, Code 96?

BARE METAL STANDARD ALWAYS FOLLOWS FIRE CODE. Our scheduling software is based off the requirements written in NFPA 96, Table 11.4. We’ll survey the cooking volume and type of commercial kitchen you run and develop a cleaning schedule that’s best for your situation.

4. Do you guarantee that you will clean the entire system and NOT hang “inaccessible” tags anywhere in my duct work? 

BARE METAL STANDARD SERVICES 100% OF EVERY SYSTEM. Bare Metal Standard simply does not believe in inaccessible areas. We know that the safest and most effective way for a kitchen exhaust system to run is when you service it completely and remove the grease from the complete system.

We want what is best for your business as well as what is best for the fire safety of our community. We hold ourselves to the highest standard because that’s how we do business. Our local franchisees are looking to serve each community in the way we know best. Always up to code, always consistent, always to the BARE METAL STANDARD.