How to Clean a Stainless Steel Hood

Updated February 21, 2017

Stainless steel hoods are popular in commercial kitchens across the world. Because of the large volume of foods and vapours in commercial kitchens, it is sometimes necessary to clean the stainless steel hood every day. Cleaning stainless steel is relatively simple, but the location and size of hoods complicates the cleaning process. Stainless steel is easy to clean because it naturally repels stains. However, stainless steel can scratch easily if you use abrasive cleaners on it.

Mix 4 cups of water with two to three drops of mild dishwashing detergent.

Apply the solution to the stainless steel hood with a clean and soft cotton cloth to remove the dirt and grime. Rub the stainless steel in the direction of the grain of the metal. Rub the inside and outside of the hood.

Rinse the entire surface of the stainless steel hood with a wet rag.

Apply 1 tbsp of rubbing alcohol to a damp cloth and rub it over the hood. This will remove the grease build-up.

If bits of food and grime remain on the hood, add just enough water to 1 tbsp of baking soda to make a paste. Apply the paste to the hood with a clean, damp cloth. Rub the paste in the direction of the grain. Do not rub too vigorously, as baking soda can be abrasive and can scratch the stainless steel hood.

Rinse the entire surface of the hood with a clean cloth soaked in clean water.

Dry the hood completely with a clean and dry cloth. This will prevent water spots from forming during the drying process.


Never use metal brushes or scrubbing pads to clean your stainless steel hood, as these can cause deep scratches in the hood.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 to 3 drops liquid dishwashing detergent
  • Clean cloths
  • 1 tbsp rubbing alcohol
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
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Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.