Deduct Ltd is a Birmingham-based air duct and extraction cleaning company serving a diverse nationwide clientele. Our customers highly value our commercial kitchen extraction cleaning service, as it ensures compliance with industry guidance and improves working conditions for staff. Read on to find out all about what to expect from a Deduct Ltd comprehensive extraction cleaning.
Cooking in a commercial kitchen causes an accumulation of fat, oil, and grease particles in kitchen canopy filters and extraction systems. Once the grease is baked on, it becomes impossible to remove by usual cleaning methods. If extraction equipment is not regularly and professionally cleaned and maintained, it can cause health and safety issues, including fire hazards, reduced airflow, and undesirable odours.
When operating a business serving food, be it a restaurant, hotel, pub, or similar, it is crucial to regularly clean and properly maintain your extraction system.
Extraction cleaning is the process of removing the build-up of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from the inner surfaces of hoods, ducts, fans, and vents that accumulates over time in all commercial kitchen settings. A professional extraction cleaning is required as the parts affected by grease residue are hard to reach during a regular kitchen cleaning.
Vacuuming, brushing, pressure washing and caustic chemicals are all used to decontaminate the extraction system.
Parts such as filters can be cleaned, replaced and upgraded during a service. Higher-quality filters capture grease particles more effectively than cheaper alternatives, keeping the rest of the extraction system cleaner for longer.
In addition, expensive yet essential components such as the extractor fan can be serviced to ensure longevity, broken parts replaced and damaged or contaminated materials treated or removed.
Kitchen extraction servicing improves airflow and air quality in a working environment. Harmful levels of smoke, cooking odour, and even carbon monoxide can gather in the air when an extraction system has not been correctly cleaned and maintained.
Improved airflow to internal heating and cooling mechanisms within the extraction system ensures parts can work at an optimal level and control the environmental temperature more efficiently.
An extraction system congested with contaminants must work harder to keep air flowing. The increased strain this causes on parts within the system can result in heavy wear and tear, requiring expensive repairs or premature replacement.
Periodically cleaning a commercial extraction system will ensure parts can work at their optimal level, reduce the occurrence of costly repairs, and extend the entire system’s life.
It is estimated that over 70% of commercial kitchen fires start due to extraction canopies and ductwork being incorrectly maintained.
Fire has the potential to spread rapidly in an extraction system coated in fats, oils and grease, jeopardizing the safety of employees and customers and causing business closure.
Removing these types of contaminants eliminates the origin of many commercial kitchen fires and therefore reduces the possibility of one occurring.
Commercial extraction cleaning is required as a legal necessity in the UK. By law, business owners with a commercial kitchen have a duty of care to ensure kitchen extraction systems are periodically inspected, cleaned and maintained to eliminate potential fire hazards. Unfortunately, over 70% of all commercial kitchen fires in the UK originate from extraction equipment that hasn’t been adequately cared for and cleaned.
From 2005, commercial kitchens must also adhere to the strict cleaning standards outlined in BESA TR19 guidance. It was implemented to improve health and safety standards within the UK, primarily focused on fire hazards and food contamination reduction.
In the event of a kitchen fire, businesses must provide an up to date TR19 certificate to their insurance provider to evidence that correct TR19 standards of cleaning have been upheld. Failure to do so can invalidate the insurance and leave business owners liable for repairs and hefty fines.
In addition, a routine fire inspection will look at whether fire risks and hazards have been sufficiently identified, recorded, and rectified to comply with The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the Management and Health and Safety at Work Regulations. Failure to do so could lead to substantial fines or even business closure.
How often you need to clean your extraction depends mainly on its use, according to TR19. The frequency of cleaning expressed within the guidance is as follows:
Heavy use – 12-16 hours per day – 3 monthly.
Moderate use – 6-12 hours per day – 6 monthly.
Light use – 2-6 hours per day – 12 monthly.
The majority of commercial kitchens fall within the moderate or heavy use categories. This means that your extraction and ductwork should be cleaned every 3-6 months. It’s up to you to conduct a risk assessment based upon your extraction and duct usage and schedule cleaning accordingly. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Deduct LTD if you would like some advice regarding the cleaning of your kitchen extraction.
Ensuring that filters are free from a build-up of grease and grime improves the airflow to essential components in the extraction system. Clogged filters are ineffective at trapping grease particles, leaving them to travel further into the extraction system and negatively affecting efficiency.
Keeping the canopy hood of extraction systems clean looks more aesthetically pleasing in the kitchen environment, ensures more hygienic conditions, and reduces fire risk.
Duct cleaning acts as a fire break in the extraction system. By removing the grease from ducting, the fire loses its fuel source and is prevented from spreading further.
The extractor fan is a fundamental part of the extraction system, so correctly cleaning and maintaining it can improve its efficiency and longevity. In addition, in the event of a fan malfunction, potential fire risk can be reduced by removing the grease and grime that would otherwise act as a fuel source.
Ensuring the external parts of the ductwork are professionally serviced keeps the working environment clean, hygienic and aesthetically appealing.
Every business that serves food from a commercial kitchen should have regular professional extractor cleaning. This includes settings such as schools, hospitals, care homes, and more apparent businesses such as restaurants, cafes, and pubs.
Deduct Ltd is perfectly positioned to comprehensively clean the extraction within your commercial kitchen. Our fully qualified and accredited workforce exceeds industry standards and ensures your kitchen is cleaned to TR19 standards. What’s more, at Deduct Ltd, we:
Choosing a company for your extraction cleaning that’s fully insured offers peace of mind. Trying to differentiate between various suppliers can be difficult, so knowing that all our work is covered provides that extra assurance. At Deduct Ltd, we are committed to offering outstanding service, including making sure we are fully insured and compliant.
We have over ten years of experience working in duct cleaning. Our qualified and experienced team has carried out extraction cleaning across many commercial environments. Whether you’re a restaurant, pub, hotel, bar, or cafe, we’ve seen it all. Over many years, we’ve worked for companies across the UK and developed a brilliant reputation.
We’re ready to help with your enquiry, and our team will endeavour to inspect your facilities as soon as possible. We carry out our site inspections for all enquiries within 48 hours. We believe in fast and responsive levels of service. So whether you require regular servicing or a one-off clean, we’ll be on-site promptly.
To prove that your facility meets duct cleaning regulations, we will provide you with a compliant hygiene certificate upon completion of the work. This certificate will satisfy both insurers and 3rd party inspectors that your ductwork has been sufficiently cleaned and meets TR19 regulations.
Some customers feel reassured seeing the results of our work. Upon request, our team will record a high-definition video of the inspection of your ventilation system. If required, we’ll happily show evidence of the work completed, including photo and video evidence of the cleaned ductwork. If you’d like us to supply video or photographs before and after cleaning your extraction system, please let us know in your enquiry.
Based in Birmingham, we offer nationwide extraction cleaning services and would be delighted to work with you.