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How do you Degrease kitchen exhaust fan??

My kitchen exhaust fan has gotten dirty.. greasy'ish. With all the cooking and deep frying, the fan has become sticky/greasy. I have changed the filter when required but I'm having a hard time trying to get the grease off the surface areas. I've used Vim or vinegar solution but it's not getting all the stickiness off. Also, the same thing with the cupboard doors that are above the stove. It still feels sticky. Any other solutions?
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Vinegar is a mild acid. It's useless as grease solvent. You'll need something basic to dissolve grease.

Try oven cleaners such as Easy-Off. Spray on, let it soak and wipe it off. The key is to "let it soak" properly as the fan is usually at an odd angle that the cleaner just drips off. So, take a paper towel or J-Cloth and soak it with Easy-Off. Then, put the wet paper towel on the fan blade and squeeze out all the air bubbles. Let it sit for 30 minutes while keeping it wet by spraying the paper towel with more Easy-Off. After 30 minutes, take another Easy-Off soaked towel and wipe the grease off. For thick grease, you may have to repeat this several times to get thru the layers.

If the grease has mixed with dust/dirt and hardened, you'll have to get even stronger degreaser. I don't recommend this because this stuff is dangerous (will burn skin) but you can use caustic soda (lye) from hardware stores to dissolve stubborn grease. Be sure to wear thick rubber gloves and goggles when you do this.
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eelfliw wrote:
Oct 14th, 2006 5:48 pm
Vinegar is a mild acid. It's useless as grease solvent. You'll need something basic to dissolve grease.

Try oven cleaners such as Easy-Off. Spray on, let it soak and wipe it off. The key is to "let it soak" properly as the fan is usually at an odd angle that the cleaner just drips off. So, take a paper towel or J-Cloth and soak it with Easy-Off. Then, put the wet paper towel on the fan blade and squeeze out all the air bubbles. Let it sit for 30 minutes while keeping it wet by spraying the paper towel with more Easy-Off. After 30 minutes, take another Easy-Off soaked towel and wipe the grease off. For thick grease, you may have to repeat this several times to get thru the layers.

If the grease has mixed with dust/dirt and hardened, you'll have to get even stronger degreaser. I don't recommend this because this stuff is dangerous (will burn skin) but you can use caustic soda (lye) from hardware stores to dissolve stubborn grease. Be sure to wear thick rubber gloves and goggles when you do this.
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something less toxic and perhaps simpler than oven cleaner is a plain ole soapy solution! ;)
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Or TSP if it's really thick and hardened...
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Any good degreaser will remove it. Way back in my Cineplex days we used straight degreaser (can't remember who made it, but it was purple) on the popcorn machines and is did a beautiful job.

If I could give you any tips, make sure you wear gloves or less you're gonna dry out your hands and also give the degreaser time to work (soak in). You can't just spray on, wipe off and expect the job to be done. You gotta give a little time to sit.
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shutterbug wrote:
Oct 15th, 2006 1:20 pm
Anyone tried using one of those steam "cleaner" machines for grease?
Aren't steam cleaners a useless product? Don't they simply spray all the germs and crap all over the place with their steam jet?
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mart242 wrote:
Oct 15th, 2006 2:23 pm
Aren't steam cleaners a useless product? Don't they simply spray all the germs and crap all over the place with their steam jet?
Spray the crap everywhere? Sort of. But germs? No, high temperature steam kills germs.
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Oct 15th, 2006 2:42 pm
Spray the crap everywhere? Sort of. But germs? No, high temperature steam kills germs.
But i"m not sure that 100C is enough to kill all germs and bacterias. If it was, would would people need to use a pressure cooker to seal jars or low acidity food? (higher pressure = steam / water can go to a higher temperature and kill the germs and bacterias that don't die at 100C)
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I degreased my kitchen filter just last week by doing this: add 2 or 3 drops of dish soap in your sink, coupled with hot water(with stopper of course). Then leave over night to soak. Next day rinse off filter.
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I used some elbow grease and undiluted Lestoil which did the trick for me.
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mart242 wrote:
Oct 15th, 2006 3:46 pm
But i"m not sure that 100C is enough to kill all germs and bacterias. If it was, would would people need to use a pressure cooker to seal jars or low acidity food? (higher pressure = steam / water can go to a higher temperature and kill the germs and bacterias that don't die at 100C)
Pressure cooker to seal jars??

I don't think people buy pressure cooker because of germ killing but because of that is a way of cooking in shorter period of time.
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Blackjack wrote:
Oct 15th, 2006 8:50 pm
I degreased my kitchen filter just last week by doing this: add 2 or 3 drops of dish soap in your sink, coupled with hot water(with stopper of course). Then leave over night to soak. Next day rinse off filter.
He was talking about fans. If it is a filter and if it is dirty enough, just replace it.
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