The stainless steel range hood can really get dingy if you don't do what needs to be done to take care of it. Food splatters, grease, and steam all hit that hood, and eventually, they will become caked-on and look awful. Here, you will learn how to keep up with the cleaning maintenance and keep the stainless steel range hood looking great for years.
One of the best products you can use to keep up with regular cleaning is mineral oil. It is all natural and can cut through the toughest grease without causing any damage to the stainless steel. The mineral oil is also safe to use on wood, so it won't cause any damage to the cabinetry around the hood if you were to get it on them.
Soak a clean, soft cloth with the mineral oil. Rub it all over the hood and allow it to sit for several minutes. This will work to soften the grease that is stuck on there and make it much easier to get it off without scrubbing. Once some time has lapsed, use a clean, dry cloth to wipe away the oil and the dirt you're removing.
If you're dealing with a hood that hasn't been cleaned in quite a while and the grease just won't come off, add a bit of baking soda to the mineral oil and use the same method of cleaning. The baking soda will help expedite the cleaning process and leave better results.
The filter should be cleaned often. How often depends on how much cooking you do. If you cook three meals a day, seven days a week, you should probably consider cleaning your filter at least every few weeks. If you don't do much cooking, every other month will do.
To clean the filter, remove it from the hood and soak it in a pot of very hot water with some baking soda mixed in. Put it on the stove and boil it for about fifteen minutes. Pour the pot into the sink and rinse the filter well.
Invest in a quality stainless steel polish to use each month. The polish will help to pull out some of the minor scratches and will also seal the steel to prevent grease and grime from discoloring the stainless steel. Apply the polish as instructed, as some will require the polish to sit before being buffed and others do not require any time lapse between application and removal. Quality polish can be purchased at a store such as Thor Products.
Your stainless steel hood can remain as beautiful as it is functional if you take the time to give it the care that it needs.