How to clean your cooker hood


When your extractor fan gets blocked with dirt and grease, it won't work as well – and can also get louder. To stop that from happening, you should clean it thoroughly at least once a month. Here's how.

Cleaning the extractor


Before cleaning, make sure you switch the extractor off at the mains.


Make a cleaning mixture by adding some mild detergent to water.


Remove any filters attached to the extractor.


Dampen a soft cleaning cloth with your mixture and clean the fan or hood.


If there's dirt caught in the fan itself, you can carefully clean it off with an old toothbrush.

Cleaning the filter


These are the different types of filters that you might find on your hood, and what you need to do to look after them:

  • Paper filter: These are disposable and can be easily replaced. They should be changed every month, or when you notice them discolouring.
  • Metal filter: The filter can be washed in warm soapy water, or in a dishwasher. If you're using a dishwasher, it can become slightly discoloured – but that won't stop it from working.
  • Sponge filter: The filter can be washed in a sink of warm soapy water. They should be replaced after every five or six washes.
  • Carbon filter: These can't be washed and should be changed every six months if you cook regularly.

Hopefully that's all you need to know about looking after your extractor hood – but if you need any extra help, you can get in touch with a Team Knowhow Expert here.

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