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This is one of those home maintenance issues that we ignore 'cause out of sight, out of mind. It's not until we look up while standing in front of the stovetop that we see the issue.
The issue in Steph's kitchen was mold and grease!
And lots of both on the underside of the vent hood.
It was time to deep clean under there!
The vent over Steph's cooktop is used daily so there was a lot of built up grease on the filter and lightbulb, as well as a lot of mold growing under the hood. Moisture that doesn't get vented fully, stays around to provide an excellent environment for the growth of mold. Time to take care of this mess.
If there had been damage that could not be cleaned or if the fan no longer worked, replacing the cooktop hood is something most DIY homeowners can attempt. Steph and her friend installed this one when she moved into the house in 2013. Just remember, when dealing with anything electrical to turn off the power. Safety first!
After seeing this video, I decided to investigate the situation at my house. I have a downdraft range hood that is very difficult to clean, and in order to get to it, I have to take off all the grates. It's not a quick, spur of the moment endeavor.
Anyway, I found even more mold and grime than Steph had so I took an afternoon, and cleaned all the parts of the cooktop at my house. I'll share that in an upcoming video.
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FYI: We are not professionals, and we don't claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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