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Why is Duct Cleaning Important?

May 22, 2014 – by Tony Earnshaw

For commercial kitchens in restaurants, pubs and hotels, deep cleans are a vital part of upkeep but unbeknown to many, enlisting duct cleaning on a regular basis is also essential to maintaining the best standards of hygiene. The professionals at UK Commercial Cleaning explore why duct cleaning is integral to your commercial kitchen’s health…

What is Duct Cleaning?

Ducts are the main component of ovens and extractor fans, and commercial use of these appliances can cause ducts to become clogged quickly. Duct cleaning tackles the build-up of grease and other fibres to prevent your commercial equipment from becoming ineffective. Using a series of specialist techniques and approved equipment, we assist thousands of commercial kitchens with their ductwork requirements, and provide a thorough clean that simply cannot be achieved by in-house staff.

In accordance with the Fire Safety Regulations and Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) regulations, all industrial ovens and extractor systems must be cleaned regularly.

The Dangers of Unclean Ducts

Without professional maintenance ducts can cause a number of hazards within a commercial kitchen. As well as causing serious internal damage to ovens and extraction canopies, unkempt ducts can present a catalogue of health implications for staff and customers as developing bacteria makes its way onto food. The build-up of grease and other deposits also dramatically restricts air flow, and as a result appliances have to work much harder and in turn use more energy causing the cost of utilities to rise. If left untreated, ducts can be even more difficult and time consuming to clean.

Ducts that have not be professionally cleaned can also result in devastating fires, and if your oven or extraction canopy is proven to be the culprit, your insurer will request to see certification of regular duct cleaning. Failure to produce this may result in your insurer refusing to compensate you.

How Can UKCC Help?

Duct cleaning is a service that we regularly carry out for clients from various sectors, and the process has become a popular fixture for industrial and commercial kitchens throughout the UK. Our operatives are fully trained and equipped to tackle the most challenging cases and have the passion and knowledge to return your oven or extraction canopy ducts to their original state.

We also provide certification after every duct clean to ensure your insurance policies and building warranties are valid in the event of a fire.

To find out more about our duct and oven cleaning services, please contact our team on 0800 032 9533 or email info@uk-cc.co.uk.

All posts by Tony Earnshaw

Managing Director
Since single-handedly forming the UK Commercial Group a decade ago, Tony Earnshaw has remained at the helm – overseeing the company’s developments and making all of the plays necessary to remain at the forefront of a highly competitive industry.

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