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Average Cost of Restaurant Hood Cleaning Services

Hood cleaning (or kitchen exhaust cleaning) is an important part of maintaining the safety of a commercial kitchen. The cost of restaurant hood cleaning will depend on a number of different factors. To find estimated prices in your area, check out our Hood Cleaning Cost Report now.

1.) Geographic location.

Where is the restaurant located? The average cost of hood cleaning nationwide is about $100 per hour (for two technicians). However, if your restaurant is located in New York City, this rate may be closer to $150 per hour. If it takes 3 or 4 hours to clean your hood system, this can have a significant impact on the cost of each visit.

2.) Multiple locations.

Does your business have multiple locations? If so, finding one hood cleaning company to service all of your locations on a regular basis may help you save time and money. It’s much easier to coordinate with a single service provider.

3.) Details of the cleaning process.

Before any cleaning begins, the contractor should drape all cooking equipment and countertops with protective plastic. The plastic sheeting will also be used to create a funnel for wastewater collection. According to NSFA standards, your entire hood system, from the fan on the roof to the hood canopy, should be cleaned to bare metal. This includes baffle filters, exhaust fans, ducts, grease trays, the hood interior, access panels, and hood plenums.

Ask your contractor exactly what’s included in the agreed upon price (and get it in writing) before the cleaning begins. The time required to complete the cleaning will depend on the amount of grease buildup, the size of the exhaust system, and the accessibility of each component.

4.) Hood repairs.

After an inspection of your grease exhaust system, your contractor may inform you that some repairs are required. You will be responsible for the additional cost of any parts, hinge kits, or replacement filters.

5.) Neglected hood systems.

If the restaurant’s hood system has been neglected or poorly maintained for many years, you can expect to pay a higher hourly rate for cleaning. It may also take longer to get the entire exhaust system back up-to-code.

6.) Cleaning frequency.

Your restaurant’s hood cleaning schedule will depend on a number of different factors. High-volume restaurants, like those open 24 hours a day, will need more frequent service. Additionally, restaurants that do a lot of deep frying or wok cooking will need to be cleaned more often.

7.) Summary report.

At the conclusion of each cleaning visit, you should receive a report that details exactly what services were performed. Before and after pictures should be included in the summary report.

8.) Compare multiple quotes.

It's important to get multiple quotes from local companies. Take some time to compare them carefully before making your final decision.

9.) NFPA Standards.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets national standards about the proper installation, operation, and maintenance of commercial cooking equipment, including kitchen exhaust systems. A professional hood cleaning service should clean your system according to the guidelines set by NFPA 96.

10.) Find a reputable company.

The lowest bid on the job is rarely the best one. You want to ensure that you are working with a trustworthy business that is properly licensed and insured. Although these companies may charge a little more, safety should be your primary concern! Grease buildup in your exhaust system can be a serious fire hazard. You don't want to take any chances when it comes to the safety of your restaurant's patrons and employees.

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