Commercial Kitchen Canopy Cleaning Services
A nationwide supplier of specialist kitchen canopy cleaning services
Canopy cleaning – not your cup of tea, but our bread and butter.
The Gold Standard for
Canopy Cleaning to Commercial Kitchens Across the UK
A frequently used, yet commonly overlooked element of all commercial kitchens, canopy systems are designed to remove airborne grease, heat, smoke, smell, and steam from the area surrounding ovens, ranges, and fryers. Canopies typically prove difficult to access within normal working hours and require specialist knowledge and qualification to clean – meaning they are often left to accumulate dangerous levels of grease and dust. Should this build-up become excessive, it may pose a significant health risk to both kitchen users and customers, and can catch fire if exposed to flames from the cooker below.
As a result of these dangers, a number of governing bodies actively enforce strict legislation (such as TR-19) regarding canopies in place in commercial kitchens, requiring regular deep cleaning, performed by a professional, fully accredited company. Those unable to prove their canopies and accompanying duct system are subject to regular maintenance may face fines, closure, or prosecution.
Ingot Service’s canopy cleaning service uses highly specialised equipment to effectively remove potentially dangerous build-up within and surrounding canopies, and from attached ducts and ventilation systems – helping minimise otherwise significant fire risk, limit contamination, and prevent infestation in line with TR-19 requirements.
Kitchen Ventilation, Canopy, and Extract Cleaning
Legislation and Requirements
Maintaining consistently high standards of cleanliness and safety across all spaces and equipment has become increasingly essential to the continued success of commercial kitchens across the hospitality industry, with regulations concerning commercial canopies and extractors – particularly the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, TR-19 regulations, and the Safety at Work Act 1974 – subject to regular enforcement.
All UK commercial kitchens – from those serving local cafes to Michelin Star restaurants – must actively adhere to stringent regulation surrounding both general safety, and specific maintenance regiments in order to operate safely, and without legal consequence – especially where equipment with a significant impact on fire safety is concerned.
Ingot Services’ wide range of specialist cleaning services works to ensure the safety of all ducting, canopy, and extract systems, offering a number of solutions – from biennial HVAC certified duct cleaning, to regularly scheduled canopy cleaning, our offerings are built to satisfy legal requirements and obligations. In addition to this, correctly implemented canopy and ventilation cleaning can bring a number of benefits to commercial kitchens, including;
Reduced risk of enforcement, closure or prosecution
Ingot Services’ commercial canopy cleaning service is designed to help ensure utmost compliance with all relevant health and safety and hygiene requirements. Completed to TR-19 standards by industry experts, and certified upon completion, this service works to keep commercial kitchens of all size and scope in line with legal obligations.
The vast majority of insurers offering policies covering commercial kitchens put forward stringent conditions surrounding regular cleaning of high-risk areas and appliances – particularly ventilation systems, including canopies. Our industry-focused services offer all necessary paperwork and documentation upon their completion.
Improved working conditions for kitchen users
Satisfactory and safe working conditions are essential to the successful operation of a commercial kitchen. Our carefully curated list of commercial cleaning services holds working conditions amongst its foremost priorities, assisting in the creation of suitable environments posing minimal risk to kitchen users, and customers.
Decreased risk of infestation
Infestation and contamination can deal devastating blows to the public perception of businesses across any sector – but no more than those in hospitality. For this reason, it makes sense to take every precaution to ensure that all possible sources of contamination are effectively dealt with.
Minimised fire risk
A fire originating in or spread by a poorly maintained canopy system can lead to the total loss of a business – risking serious harm to building users, and surrounding occupants. With buildups of grease and debris across canopies cited as a common contributor to significant fires, specialist cleaning is recommended on a regular basis.
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Ingot's Gold Standard Service Process
During a consultation call, our specialists will work to determine your exact requirements – for example, the size and positioning of ductwork requiring cleaning. We use this information to create a quote, which will be provided over the phone and sent via email following our conversation. In more unusual cases, we will provide a no-obligation site visit.
Ingot Services aim to commence work within two weeks of receiving instruction. Often working outside of working hours, or at night to best suit client requirements, our team will tailor our services to your precise needs, conducting commercial deep cleaning to a national standard.
Certification and Paperwork
As much of our work completed with the intent of ensuring buildings and businesses meet stringent health and safety, environmental health, hygiene, and fire safety regulations, Ingot Services include post-cleaning paperwork and certification in all service pricing, formatted to meet all insurance and regulatory requirements.
Businesses We Help
Our duct cleaning service provides a professional solution to the continued maintenance required by many commercial extract systems. Conducted to TR-19 standards by accredited technicians, all duct cleaning completed by Ingot is fully tailored to the precise needs of our clients, and includes the provision of paperwork and certification to meet insurance requirements.
Regular extract or ‘extractor hood’ cleaning is essential to the safety of commercial kitchens and ovens. Our specialist extract cleaning service works to minimise the risk of fire and bacteria spread through efficient and comprehensive removal of all grease and debris build-up within oven extracts, helping ensure businesses across the UK meet health and safety, TR-19 and EFO regulations, and creating a clean, safe internal environment.
Ingot Services' canopy cleaning service uses highly specialised equipment to effectively remove potentially dangerous build-up within and surrounding canopies, and from attached ducts and ventilation systems – helping minimise otherwise significant fire risk, limit contamination, and prevent infestation in line with both TR-19, and health and safety obligations.
Ingot Services’ commercial deep cleaning service offers businesses required to complete high levels of cleaning on a consistent basis. Throughout this process, floors, walls, ceilings, preparation surfaces, equipment, and commonly overlooked spaces such as fridge seals will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, helping ensure the safety of kitchen users, and that the space meets all health and safety requirements and regulations.
Regular oven cleaning and maintenance is key to the safe functioning of all commercial kitchens. Ingot Services’ highly trained specialists work to deliver an unrivalled level of cleanliness - helping ensure the safety of commercial kitchens. Our commercial oven cleaning service uses a combination of extensive industry knowledge and gold-standard equipment to deliver cleaning in line with all health and safety and insurance obligations.
Professional disinfection and decontamination cleaning is now essential for ensuring the safety of both the general public and staff across all sectors. Our comprehensive disinfection cleaning services work to ensure the safety of commercial spaces with particular focus on ventilation systems, minimising lost working days, and reducing risk of illness.
Canopy Cleaning FAQs
What is a kitchen canopy?
A kitchen canopy, also referred to as a kitchen hood, exhaust hood, or range hood is a common feature in both domestic and commercial kitchens. Placed above equipment such as ovens and fryers, canopies work to remove all airborne 'contaminants' produced as a result of cooking, funnelling steam, heat, smoke, and grease out of the kitchen environment through a system of ductwork and fans.
Though canopies are generally highly useful in the maintenance of a safe, comfortable kitchen environment, they may become a fire risk where poorly maintained and allowed to harbour grease and fat deposits. For this reason, many regulatory bodies and insurance providers stipulate that commercial kitchen canopies should be cleaned to TR-19 standards by accredited professionals on a basis suited to usage levels.
Why is kitchen canopy cleaning important?
Extract system cleaning - including canopy cleaning - is an essential factor in maintaining the safety and legality of commercial kitchen spaces. With incorrectly maintained canopy and extract systems, including cited as the cause or a significant factor in the spread of highly destructive fires within commercial kitchen environments, specialist cleaning is able to act as a significant line of defense, working to remove grease and fat deposits responsible for encouraging the spread of fire through the system.
For this reason, all industry and legal regulations, including TR-19, require kitchen extract cleaning to be undertaken by accredited professionals on a regular basis, helping ensure the optimal safety of the working environment, and those within it.
In addition to this, commercial kitchens undergoing regular canopy and extract cleaning typically experience compliance with the insurance conditions of all major providers, and a reduced risk of infestation and contamination.
How often should commercial kitchen canopies be cleaned?
The frequency at which your kitchen canopy and extract system should be cleaned is highly dependent on a number of factors - primarily the amount of daily use experienced by the canopy. Whilst many legal requirements stipulate that canopy cleaning should be undertaken by accredited professionals at least once every two years, most kitchen systems will require more frequent cleaning in order to stay in line with health and safety regulations.
In order to determine the ideal rate of cleaning, many measure the rate of grease and dirt build-up within the ductwork connected to the canopy, however, if this is not possible, the following is generally suggested;
Kitchens undergoing consistent heavy use: clean every three months
Kitchens undergoing moderate use: clean every six months
If in doubt, the best option is to arrange regular tests and inspections and take advice from an HVAC professional about whether cleaning has become necessary. Outside of this, Ingot Services are proud to offer a free, no-obligation consultation service, during which our Vent Hygiene Elite certified experts will work with you to establish the best canopy cleaning frequency for your kitchen should regular cleaning be required.
Is commercial kitchen canopy cleaning worth it?
Canopy cleaning is not just ‘worth it’, but in most cases (especially within commercial kitchens) a legal requirement for non-domestic properties. In spaces held to TR-19 standards, a professional company able to perform duct cleaning to a number of set standards, and to provide certification and documentation acting as evidence of cleaning undertaken must be hired at least once every two years to ensure the cleanliness and safety of the canopy system.
In addition to keeping buildings across all sectors in line with legal and TR-19 standards, canopy cleaning offers the following benefits to commercial kitchens:
- Reduced fire risk
- Decreased risk of infestation
- Insurance compliance
- Reduced risk of closure and prosecution
- Improved safety levels for all building users
How much does commercial canopy cleaning cost?
The cost of commercial kitchen canopy cleaning is highly dependent on a number of factors, including the format and accessibility of the extract system in its entirety (including canopy, fan, and ductwork), whether your cleaning service is offered on a contractual or one-off basis, and your selected provider. As kitchen canopy and extract system cleaning requirements can vary so significantly, the vast majority of service providers will charge within a set price range according to individual circumstance.
Ingot services are proud to offer our clients a free, no-obligation consultation, during which we’ll evaluate your canopy cleaning requirements, and establish a price, which can be later sent over email.
Why is it important to clean extraction hoods in a kitchen?
Ensuring the cleanliness of your commercial kitchen's canopy or 'hood', alongside its accompanying ductwork and fans, is essential in keeping your business or space in line with current legislation and insurance conditions. With TR-19 standards, Environmental Health regulations, and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Act 2005 subject to strict enforcement in commercial kitchens operating extract systems, canopy cleaning is considered a highly important, if not vital maintenance step. In addition to this, regular cleaning assists in the prevention of infestation, contamination and fire.
How long does kitchen canopy cleaning take?
The amount of time taken to complete a commercial kitchen extract clean can depend on a number of factors, including the scale and accessibility of the extract system in its entirety (canopy cleaning cannot be competed to TR-19 standards without cleaning its accompanying ductwork), the method most suitable for cleaning, and the provider selected to perform the service.
Though any amount of time may seem too long for cleaning to disrupt a commercial kitchen's busy schedule, Ingot Services are proud to offer high-level cleaning on a 24-hour basis, minimising the impact of any task undertaken.
What are TR-19 standards?
TR-19 currently stands as one of the most important industry standards for ventilation cleaning. Defined by BESA in 1988, TR-19 guidelines and regulations, particularly part 7, work to standardise the way in which duct and kitchen extract systems are cleaned.
Relevant to both cleaners, and building owners, TR-19 has become the standard to which the vast majority of insurers require work to be completed to. This makes selecting a fully qualified and competent cleaning contractor more important than ever business and building owners across a number of sectors.
Seeking a TR-19 qualified specialist cleaner? Ingot services are proud to offer commercial kitchen extract, duct, and fan cleaning services, conducted to TR-19 standards by Vent Hygiene Elite accredited technicians. Get in touch with our expert team members today to further discuss your requirements.
What is TR-19 certification?
TR-19 certificates are an essential element of all canopy and extract cleaning services. When completed correctly by an accredited service provider such as Ingot, a valid TR-19 certificate (and accompanying documentation) serves as evidence of all cleaning work undertaken, proving that your canopy and kitchen extract system and extract have been cleaned and degreased in line with all BESCA standards, and are safe to use.
This certificate is highly beneficial to companies and building owners looking to obtain insurance - as many major providers list TR-19 compliance amongst their top conditions for commercial spaces with extract systems, such as kitchens. In the event of a fire determined to be started in, or spread by the extract system, most will demand proof of cleaning in the form of a TR-19 cleaning certificate. Those without one may be held liable for fire damage.
Do commercial kitchen extractors need cleaning?
Commercial kitchen extractors, including canopies, must be cleaned in order to ensure compliance with environmental health, food safety, fire safety, and TR-19 regulations. Those subject to poor or incorrect maintenance may lead to the closure of businesses and spaces, the prosecution of owners, and insurance invalidation.
These strict regulations stem from the tendency of poorly maintained or unclean canopies and extract systems to start or contribute to fires or cause infestation and contamination. Built to remove grease and airborne contaminants from the air surrounding cooking equipment, canopies, and their attached ductwork can harbour significant layers of grease, acting as fuel for fires, a breeding ground for bacteria, and food for pests.
Arranging regular cleaning conducted by experienced professionals is the best way in which to minimise the risk of these hazards.