Kitchen Cleaning Hygiene

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Cleaning Intervals – Kitchen Extract Systems

Legislation and Guidance

• Loss Prevention Council Cooking Equipment RC16B
• Ductwork and extraction motor. Cleaning should take place at intervals not exceeding 12 months.
• HVCA TR/19 Guide to Good Practice. Cleanliness of Ventilation Systems.

Suggested typical cleaning intervals:

• Heavy Use (12-16 Hours per day) – 3 Months
• Moderate Use (6-12 Hours per day) – 6 Months
• Light Use (2-6 Hours per day) – Annually

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Why is it important?

If regular cleaning is not undertaken, fats, oily deposits and fibrous particles can accumulate in kitchen extract systems, reducing air flow efficiency and producing a warm greasy environment for bacteria and cockroaches to breed..

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Kitchen Extract Cleaning and Fire Safety

Failure to ensure regular cleaning of kitchen grease extract systems can invalidate buildings insurance cover. We are aware of many cases where insurers have refused to pay out on millions of pounds worth of claims following fires where the insured has not complied with the warranties on their buildings insurance policies regarding regular cleaning of the grease extract systems..

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