Restaurant fires occur every year and cause millions of dollars in property damage, injure customers, and sometimes result in fatalities. More than half of restaurant fires start in the kitchen and keeping your kitchen grease-free and fire-safe is essential.
At Atlantic Duct Cleaning, our team provides professional kitchen hood cleaning in accordance with IKECA (International Kitchen Cleaning Association), which is a highly specialized removal process of built-up grease, debris, and contaminants that accumulate in, on, and around the components of a kitchen hood exhaust system.
Why Schedule Restaurant & Commercial Kitchen Hood Cleaning?
Restaurant fires are often associated with dirty kitchen hoods, which is why there are some reasons regular kitchen ventilation cleaning is crucial to providing a safe environment. Being proactive with restaurant kitchen hood cleaning crucial for the safety of your employees, customers, and property.
Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Clears Blockage
There’s more than smoke escaping into your kitchen hood—grease and particulate build-up are commonly found in the exhaust system too! Without a proper cleaning, your kitchen exhaust system encourages mold, mildew, and other types of bacteria growth—which shouldn’t be anywhere near food! Cleaning the blockage in your kitchen ventilation system helps reduce fire hazards and mechanical failures, saving you money in the long run.
Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Is Required by Law
Kitchen exhaust cleaning in every commercial cooking establishment in the country is mandatory by law. If your restaurant is undergoing an inspection and the entire kitchen is thoroughly cleaned, but the exhaust system remains dirty, you might not pass!
Kitchen Hood Cleaning Minimizes Health Hazards
Without kitchen hood cleaning, potentially dangerous particulates can escape into your restaurant’s air, lowering the air quality and potentially posing a health hazard to your customers and restaurant staff. Cleaning your kitchen exhaust system provides a safe and clean environment for employees and customers—allowing for improved health and increased productivity!
How Frequently Should Your Restaurant Kitchen Hood Be Cleaned?
Regular and systematic maintenance in accordance with IKECA and NFPA-96 will enhance system efficiency and prolong equipment life cycles, as well as minimize operational interruptions and the associated lost revenues. The type or volume of cooking frequency is a determining factor in how often you should clean your kitchen exhaust system. Inspection frequency in the Washington, DC area, as described by NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) guidelines, must be:
- Monthly. Any systems serving solid fuel cooking operations must be cleaned every month.
- Quarterly. Businesses operating on a 24-hour schedule that prepare high volumes of food need to have their systems inspected and maintained at least once every three months.
- Semi-Annually. Restaurants, usually with a sit-down environment, that prepare food at moderate levels need to have their systems checked twice per year.
- Monthly. Organizations that cook small volumes of food or are only in operation for a few months of the year, such as churches, day camps, seasonal businesses, or senior centers require an inspection once a year.
Annual kitchen exhaust maintenance agreements with quarterly cleanings are a savings driven solution available from Atlantic Duct Cleaning!
Schedule Commercial Kitchen Hood Cleaning in VA & MD
The risks of not thoroughly cleaning your kitchen—without the help of a professional—are likely to outweigh any money saved. Once you’ve had your kitchen hood cleaned by a highly trained expert from Atlantic Duct Cleaning, you’ll never make exhaust system cleaning a DIY project again! Whether your business could benefit from monthly, quarterly, semiannual, or annual kitchen hood cleaning, Atlantic Duct Cleaning is the company to If you run a restaurant in Northern Virginia or the surrounding Washington, DC area, don’t wait until an unexpected fire erupts on your property before you decide you need kitchen hood cleaning.