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Why Your Coffee Shop Needs Regular Exhaust Cleaning

Cleaning Advice / March 1, 2024


As the owner of a busy coffee shop in Brisbane, maintaining a clean and inviting environment for your customers is a top priority. One area that is often overlooked is the exhaust and ventilation system. Over time, grease, dust, and other debris can build up in the ductwork and extractor fans, posing a fire hazard and reducing ventilation efficiency. Implementing a regular exhaust cleaning schedule is essential for any food service business.

The Dangers of a Dirty Exhaust System

When your kitchen exhaust system is dirty, it provides the perfect conditions for a fire to start. Grease and oil get baked on over high heat, creating a flammable residue inside the ducts. A small spark from cooking is all it takes for this material to ignite into a raging fire that can quickly spread. Poor ventilation also allows harmful particulates like smoke and cooking odours to accumulate inside your shop. This creates an unpleasant environment for customers and employees.

Signs You Need an Exhaust Cleaning

Some clear signs your coffee shop’s exhaust system needs cleaning include:

  • Decreased airflow from kitchen fans and vents
  • Lingering cooking odours in the cafe, even with fans on
  • Visible buildup of oil, grease or debris around vents
  • Foul odours coming from vents
  • Increased cooking smoke inside the kitchen
  • Excessive dirt, stains or odours on walls or ceilings near vents

If you notice any of these issues, it means your exhaust system is overdue for professional cleaning. Continuing to operate with a dirty exhaust puts your business at serious risk.

The Professional Exhaust Cleaning Process

Thorough exhaust system cleaning requires specialised equipment and experienced technicians. Eco Cleaning Brisbane has provided professional ventilation cleaning services in the greater Brisbane area for over 20 years. Our exhaustive process includes:

  • Complete removal of all filters, fans and hoods for intensive cleaning.
  • Scrubbing all ductwork with industrial strength degreasers to remove baked-on grease.
  • Hot water pressure washing ducts and vents to flush away all loosened residue.
  • Vacuuming any remaining debris from the system.
  • Re-installing fans and filters after full drying.
  • Inspecting all system components for defects needing repair.

We use only eco-friendly cleaners and sanitisers that are safe for food service environments. Our techs are fully insured, licensed, bonded and experienced with commercial exhaust system cleaning.

Regular Cleaning is Vital

As a coffee shop owner, implementing a regular exhaust cleaning schedule of every 3-6 months is strongly recommended. This helps prevent buildup from becoming excessive and harder to remove. Trying to clean the system yourself using home equipment simply cannot achieve the same level of cleanliness.

You should also have your exhaust system professionally cleaned:

  • After any fire or kitchen accident that caused smoke damage.
  • Before peak seasons when kitchen usage and ventilation demands increase.
  • Anytime you notice decreased airflow, odours or residue around vents.

The Benefits of Professional Exhaust Cleaning

Investing in regular professional cleanings of your coffee shop’s entire ventilation system provides many invaluable benefits:

  • Removes all grease buildup to drastically reduce fire risk.
  • Restores proper airflow and ventilation capacity.
  • Eliminates foul odours from penetrating your cafe.
  • Improves overall indoor air quality.
  • Reduces costs from emergency duct cleanings after fires.
  • Helps exhaust fans, filters and hoods last longer.
  • Shows customers and health inspectors you prioritise safety and cleanliness.

With spotless and safe ventilation ducts, your staff can keep customers coming back for the inviting, smoke-free atmosphere your coffee shop provides.

Why Choose Eco Cleaning Brisbane?

With over 20 years of experience servicing Brisbane food establishments, Eco Cleaning Brisbane has the expertise to thoroughly clean your cafe’s exhaust system to the highest standards. Our locally-owned company provides:

  • Fully insured and licensed cleaners
  • Eco-friendly products safe for food service
  • Powerful truck-mounted equipment
  • Detailed service reports after every cleaning
  • Flexible scheduling for minimal disruption
  • Competitive exhaust cleaning prices

We would be happy to provide a free quote for keeping your coffee shop’s ventilation clean and hazard-free. Contact Eco Cleaning Brisbane today to learn more about protecting your business with regular professional exhaust cleanings.


What are the main causes of exhaust fires in coffee shops?

The leading cause of coffee shop exhaust fires is excessive grease buildup. Over time, grease accumulates on fans, hoods, and especially inside ductwork. The high heat from cooking then essentially bakes the grease residue, making it highly flammable. Any sparks or embers from the kitchen can ignite this grease and spread quickly through the ducts.

How often should my coffee shop have its exhaust system cleaned?

Commercial kitchen exhaust systems should be professionally cleaned every 3 to 6 months on average. High volume coffee shops may need more frequent cleanings every 2 to 3 months. When first implementing a cleaning routine, you may need an initial deep cleaning to remove years of grease buildup, followed by regular maintenance cleanings.

What risks are there with DIY exhaust cleaning methods?

Trying to clean an exhaust system yourself using home equipment simply cannot achieve the level of cleanliness needed for fire prevention in a commercial kitchen. You also risk damaging the exhaust components, causing leaks or other issues. Only professional exhaust cleaners have the training, industrial-strength equipment and expertise to properly clean all ductwork and vents.

What are signs my coffee shop’s exhaust system needs immediate cleaning?

Signs that your exhaust system is hazardous and due for immediate professional cleaning include decreased airflow from kitchen vents, visible oil or grease dripping from hoods, strong odours emanating from vents, and residue accumulation on walls or ceilings around vents. Taking fast action at the first signs of issues can prevent fires and more costly damage.

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