You may ask how there can be two competing hood cleaning companies in the Chicago, Detroit area. Well, in order to understand how that can happen, it is important to understand the demographics of the area.
Chicago, Illinois is located on banks of Lake Michigan and Detroit, Michigan is located on the banks of Lake Erie. They are only about four-and-one-half hours from each other which is about two hundred and eighty-three miles. So, in essence they really don’t compete that much in their respective cities, however, they may cross over into some of the more rural areas of their states.
Chicago Hood Cleaning Pros has several teams of hood cleaners who cover the whole state of Illinois. So, even if the name is Chicago Hood Cleaning Pros, they offer hood cleaning in Lincoln Park, Brookline, Glenn, Oak Park, Mount Pleasant, Cicero, Hyde Park, Maplewood and more.
All of their hood cleaning technicians are trained to the National Fire Protection Association Code 96. They are fully licensed, insured and bonded so they not only protect themselves, they protect the businesses they work with. Keep then in mind when shopping for a hood cleaning company because if the price is too good, they may not carry all of the necessary documents. This puts your business at risk because they will disappear if they cause any damage to your commercial kitchen equipment.
Chicago may be the third largest city in the United States, but the restaurant industry can be a small group of business owners who talk with one another. Many restaurants and businesses with commercial kitchen equipment meet on a regular basis to discuss their industry, upcoming regulations and updated training to their employees. If they have a bad experience with a hood cleaning company, they are sure to pass that experience on.
Detroit Hood Cleaning Pros is similar in many ways to Chicago Hood Cleaning Pros. Their teams of hood cleaners and also trained to the NFPA 96 standard. They too are bonded, insured and licensed to ensure their clientele is covered as well as they are when they are out on a job.
Detroit Hood Cleaning Pros has teams all over Michigan and have cleaned hoods in Highland Park, Lincoln Park, Grosse Pointe, Dearborn, River Rouge, Fort Wayne and the list grows by the day.
Both companies do not only serve restaurants, they will also clean hoods in hospitals, long term care facilities, club houses, churches and more. There are companies that have their own campus where they have a full kitchen to serve their employees. Those hoods have to be cleaned as well. How often a hood/hoods should be cleaned depends of the type of fuel used to cook and how many the hours the commercial hood is used during a given month.
Here are the NFPA recommendations:
- When there is wood or charcoal burning fuel, the recommendation to have the hood cleaned is weekly to monthly.
- In high volume restaurants/kitchens that are twenty-four hour, the recommendation is quarterly or even up to six times per year. This is the same for fast-food restaurants, Asian restaurants that use a wok a lot or a restaurant that does a lot of char broiling.
- For hoods that mostly steam or have appliances that to not create grease, it is recommended they have their hood professionally cleaned once to twice a year.
- If a commercial kitchen is used infrequently like a day camp, church or senior center, it is recommended they have their hood cleaned once per year.
There are some businesses with commercial kitchens that feel their employees do a great job in keeping the hood cleaned. While it is great they pull the filters and clean the, they may not be getting the build up of grease and grime in the hood all the way up to the turbine, which is usually on the roof. If grease builds up, it can become a fire hazard. That is why we recommended using a professional hood cleaning company. They have the experience and equipment to remove and discard all of the accumulated grease using environmentally friendly chemicals.