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How clean is your hood

chefwong Jun 13, 2011 11:58 AM

Oh how I wish to cry.

Dare I ask, fellow chowhounders, how clean is your hood & or the surrounding cabinet to the immediate left or right of it.

After months and hours, picking out the right tile, finding the right tilesetter, appliances, cfm, trim, etc, etc. 4 Years later and I am still defeated by my hood. I don't where the fault lies, ductwork is good *not the ideal run but that's just due to layout and it is what it is*, but there is only one short sweeping 90 degree in the run, etc.

The short story is, my hood sucks.
At least 2-3X a year, I am literrally sitting ontop of my burners, removing/breaking down as many pieces as I can, and will literally spend a good couple hours with some muscle cleaning it.

Baffles get cleaned every 2 weeks in the dishwasher.
There are some design flaws IMO in my POS Best Hood design, but certainly not to the paint that I think it's the inherent fault.

Just curious how Clean your hood is...
Finished my full blown cleaning cycle and even the top of the crown moulding is ontop of the stove if not to the left and right are slightly grimey...

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    escondido123 RE: chefwong Jun 13, 2011 12:08 PM

    I just took a look at mine and it is not bad at all. I have an IKEA hood that is flat across with lights inset and the filters exposed. Those go into the dishwasher every few weeks and the rest gets wiped down about once a month with GooBeGone and then soapy water. I used to have one of those large open hoods and it was a nightmare.

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      Sailing77 RE: escondido123 Jun 13, 2011 12:58 PM

      GooBeGone - I never thought of using that. Great idea!

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        escondido123 RE: Sailing77 Jun 13, 2011 01:05 PM

        You can get it in a spray bottle now and I use it for all sorts of stuff, including cleaning my quilted stainless steel backsplash above the stove burners--cleans it in a minute!

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          Sailing77 RE: escondido123 Jun 13, 2011 01:38 PM

          I'm guessing you have to make certain you really rinse it well since I think GooBeGone is combustible.

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            escondido123 RE: Sailing77 Jun 13, 2011 08:26 PM

            It's not like I'm sloshing it on. The amount I use---with no open flame--will be just fine. I just wipe it well with a paper towel and the volatile oils disperse.

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              Sailing77 RE: escondido123 Jun 14, 2011 06:42 AM

              Sounds good. Thanks for the details.

    2. inaplasticcup RE: chefwong Jun 13, 2011 12:10 PM

      My hood is very clean. All the lawns are regularly mown, no beaters or junkyard scraps left out in people's driveways, street sweeping on Tuesdays...

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        cb1 RE: inaplasticcup Jun 13, 2011 12:26 PM

        Classic! Thanks for the laugh :)

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          inaplasticcup RE: cb1 Jun 13, 2011 07:04 PM

          Teehee! :)

          Sorry, chefwong. Was feeling a bit of a goof this morning.

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          alliegator RE: inaplasticcup Jun 14, 2011 08:44 AM

          Love it!! That initially what I thought when I saw this, haha.

        3. scubadoo97 RE: chefwong Jun 13, 2011 03:16 PM

          What brand hood do you have?

          1. BiscuitBoy RE: chefwong Jun 14, 2011 07:02 AM

            Twice a year, more if it gets really funky, or if I haven't had the steamy pasta pot boiling away for a while. I use wd40 (my hood is stainless), and just replace the baffles every other cleaning

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              Reposado RE: chefwong Jun 14, 2011 09:19 AM

              Mine, a Prestige 42 x 27 over a 36" BS range, is pretty clean right now. After letting it go for 6 mos. (aside from throwing the baffles in the dishwasher every 2 or 3 weeks), I spent a couple hours last weekend giving it a good cleaning with degreaser inside and outside. It is a huge PIA, but what alternative is there? My cabinets and backsplash stay fairly clean due to the oversize and power of the hood.

              1. KaimukiMan RE: chefwong Jun 14, 2011 02:01 PM

                OMG! you are supposed to clean those things?

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                  deet13 RE: KaimukiMan Jun 14, 2011 07:10 PM

                  I suppose you are; but, if you do clean the stove top/hood and the cabinets, what'll there be left for the baby roaches to eat?

                2. scubadoo97 RE: chefwong Jun 14, 2011 07:01 PM

                  Again I ask what the brand is. The reason I'm curious is that there is a recent thread about how hard it is to clean a Viking hood. I don't find it too difficult but the OP found it to be. I think most all hoods are a bit of a pain to clean. So just was wondering which brand you are having difficulty with.

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