How to Clean an Extractor Fan Vent/Duct

What You'll Need
Soapy Water

An extractor fan in your kitchen can quickly become clogged with the grease and grime from your kitchen. Cleaning an extractor fan is very easy with the right tools and materials. Cleaning out the duct and vent will improve the efficiency of your extractor fan.

If you have all of the right tools and equipment then you will be able to clean out the extractor fan in a couple of hours. Not only will this make your fan more efficient, but it is also makes your kitchen look much fresher and more attractive.

Step 1 - Unscrewing the Extractor Fan

Start by unscrewing the extractor fan from the wall, this will come away easily. Remove the four screws in the extractor fan and pull the housing off the wall. You will then be able to access the inside of the duct. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean out the duct of the extractor fan so that you can get rid of any clogs inside the duct.

Put all of the fittings in a safe place so that they are easy to find when you need to put the fan on the wall again. Putting them in a bowel or on a towel will keep them safe.

Step 2 - Cleaning the Vent

Now you need to clean the vent with some soapy water. If you have an extractor fan where the fan can come out then you can take the fan out and submerge the whole case in soapy water. This is a great way to wash it. However this won't normally be possible, in which case you will need to gently use a small amount of water to clean the surface of the vent.

Step 3 - Scrubbing

Any stubborn stains which are difficult can be scrubbed at using either neat washing up liquid or cream cleaner. Continue concentrating on these areas until they are all removed.

You might need to repeat washing the extractor fan several times until you can get rid of all the grime and dirt on the surface. Over time this can become very sticky which makes getting rid of it even more difficult then normal. Don't let this get you down, just carry on persevering and you should be fine.

Step 4 - Cleaning Outside

The outside vent can now be cleaned using the same technique. Only this time the vent can normally be unscrewed from the wall and washed in a bowl of soapy water. This is very easy to do and it should come up very nicely with just a little bit of patience.

Allow both pieces to dry properly before fitting them back on the wall.

Step 5 - Fixing the Vent

The vent can now be attached onto the wall as it was before. This is very easy to do, just use the same fixings and the same holes in the wall.