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The Ins and Outs of Restaurant Vent Hood Cleaning

Posted on November 13, 2014
by Wendy Stackhouse

While it may seem to be an item of minor consequence to those outside the restaurant industry, keeping the vent hoods of a restaurant clean is actually a quite important task from a variety of standpoints. With this thought in mind, we thought you might like to know the “ins and outs” of properly dealing with your restaurant’s vent hood cleaning. Here they are:

1. First and foremost, clean hoods are necessary to keep the general environment of your restaurant as appealing as possible. Vent hoods remove a variety of adulterants from the ambient air including smoke, particulate matter, grease-laden smells and other offensive odors that would otherwise contaminate your reception, dining and public areas. From a purely customer service aspect, vent hoods are an essential guard against the smells – intoxicating or otherwise – coming from your kitchen and affecting the guest experience.

2. Second, the the Federal and state governments have a whole host of rules – and accompanying fines! – that have to do with the proper cleaning of vent hoods and their proper functioning to limit them from becoming fire hazards. It is simply common sense for a restaurant owner to comply with these regulations before an inspector notices otherwise. The result is a safer environment for everyone – staff, customers and other building occupants.

3. Third, from a cost-benefit perspective, it is clearly in the interest of a business owner to keep her or his vent hood equipment clean. Not only does it prolong the useful working lifetime, but it also aids in keeping other equipment working more efficiently and for a longer period of time.

4. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, from a legal liability standpoint, keeping your vent hoods clean and operating properly prevents a lot of accidents and lawsuits from happening in the first place. As the old adage states, “without smoke, there is no fire.” In this particular case, a lack of noticeable fumes means a lot less aggravation when it comes to customers, neighbors and building inspectors finding reason to fault your way of doing business.

As you can see, there are a host of issues that must be attended to in order to keep your vent hoods clean and operating at an optimal level. And it’s not really as simple as it seems even for a seasoned – if you will pardon the pun – restaurant owner. For more information on commercial vent hood cleaning and other restaurant related maintenance services, please contact us today for a free estimate. You can reach us directly at 877.858.6213.

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