How to Clean Your Range Hood: The Ultimate Guide
2020.04.13
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As your main guard against cooking vapors and smoke, it’s only natural that your range hood will accumulate a thin layer of grease after each use.  This is why it’s so important to keep up with regular cleaning— especially during hotter months or when cooking at high temperatures.

So, how exactly do you clean a range hood?  Here are FOTILE’s top tips:


Always Plan Ahead

Save time and make the cleaning process easier by lining the oil catcher with aluminum foil before you start cooking.

This way, you can just replace the foil once a month, without having to clean the oil catcher (as shown below).

Tip: Cut off any excess foil hanging off the oil catcher for added cleanliness.


Remove Fingerprints from the Stainless Steel

The simplest way to do this is to use a stainless steel cleaner.  You can find these in most major supermarkets, as well as on Amazon .

Tip: When wiping down all stainless steel surfaces, make sure to clean in the direction of the hairline finish for the best results.

Although the method mentioned above can be applied to all range hoods, keep in mind that your unit’s overall performance is largely dependent on its functional structure.

The best cleaning method to employ will vary from one range hood to the next.

For instance, FOTILE range hoods have an internal fan with an oil-free coating, allowing for easy removal of buildup and grease using only a damp cloth and mild cleaner.  Similarly, the front panel on your FOTILE unit can be cleaned effortlessly with a quick wiping down on a daily basis.

As for cleaning range hoods from other manufacturers, this may require a bit more effort.

FOTILE V Series Angled Range Hoods: Recommended Daily Cleaning Routine

【Step 1: Clean the Range Hood’s Outer Surface】

Every time you’ve finished cooking, wipe the range hood’s outer surface with a warm, damp cloth and neutral detergent (you can also use pre-moistened kitchen wipes to cut down on time).




【Step 2: Clean the Oil Catcher】

Start by removing the oil catcher from the unit.  To do so, place both hands on the bottom of the oil catcher and pull it horizontally towards your body.  Then, pour out any oil that’s been collected, and soak the oil catcher in warm water with a neutral detergent to eliminate any residue.  Lastly, rinse out the detergent and let your oil catcher dry before replacing it.

Note: You can skip this step by lining the oil catcher with foil instead, as mentioned above.


【Step 3: Clean the Filter (Grid)】

First, you’ll need to remove the grid from the unit.  This can be done by opening the filter, and placing both hands on the left and right sides of the grid, then pulling down.

Once you’ve removed the grid, dampen a cloth with a neutral cleaning agent to wipe down both the grid and the outer surface of the air inlet.


【Step 4: Reinstall the Oil Catcher and Grid】

Once you’ve cleaned and dried both the oil catcher and filter, carefully reinstall both pieces to their proper place in the unit.  Now, your daily cleaning routine for your angled range hood is complete!

FOTILE V Series Angled Range Hoods: Recommended Deep Cleaning Routine

Now that we’ve covered daily cleaning, you might be wondering how to deep clean inside your range hood.  Fortunately, FOTILE’s appliances are designed to make deep cleaning a relatively quick and simple task.

That said, the frequency with which you’ll need to deep clean your range hood depends mainly on your family’s cooking habits (namely, the styles of dishes you prepare, types of oils you cook with, and how often the range hood is used).  In general, you’ll want to deep clean your range hood about once every 6 months or so.



FOTILE W Series Top Range Hoods: Recommended Daily Cleaning Routine

【Step 1: Clean the Range Hood’s Outer Surface】

Every time you’ve finished cooking, wipe the range hood’s outer surface with a warm, damp cloth and neutral detergent (you can also use pre-moistened kitchen wipes to cut down on time).


【Step 2: Clean the Oil Catcher】

Start by removing the oil catcher from the unit.  To do so, place both hands on the bottom of the oil catcher and pull it horizontally towards your body.  Then, pour out any oil that’s been collected, and soak the oil catcher in warm water with a neutral detergent to eliminate any residue.  Lastly, rinse out the detergent and let your oil catcher dry before replacing it.

Once again, you can skip this step by lining the oil catcher with foil before cooking.


【Step 3: Clean the Suction Plate】

First, remove the plate by grab the front edge of the plate with both hands and turning it down at an angle with enough force to make the plate snap away from the unit’s body. Once the plate has been removed, soak it in warm water with a neutral detergent and remove any residue with a soft brush.

【Step 4: Clean the Filter】

Remove the filter by holding it in place with one hand, while you unscrew it with the other. After you’ve carefully removed the filter, soak it in warm water with a neutral detergent and clean off any buildup with a soft brush.


【Step 5: Reinstall the Oil Catcher, Suction Plate, and Filter】

After each part has been carefully cleaned and dried, it’s time to replace them to their original positions. Start by fixing the filter in place with a screwdriver, then reinstall the suction plate and oil catcher. By this point, your daily cleaning routine will now be complete!


Additional Information and Tips:

1)When cleaning your range hood, be careful to keep damp objects away from the power switch to avoid wetting the computer board.

2)Don’t use any scouring pads, steel wool, hard brushes and other rough tools, as these items may scratch your range hood.  Always use a soft cloth or paper towel to prevent scratches on the surface of the body.

3)Don’t use strong acidic or alkaline cleaning agents to clean your range hood—instead, use neutral soap or detergent to prevent irreversible damage.

4)After each use, we recommend gently wiping down the range hood’s outer surface (including the air inlet screen and the back of the filter), and then closing the filter.

5)Have a professional from FOTILE service department perform regular maintenance on your range hood every 1-2 years.

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