February Home Maintenance To-Do List

By: Danny Lipford
Removing the grease filter on a range hood to clean it.

Removing the grease filter on a range hood to clean it.

To-Do #2: Clean Range Hood Filter and Fan

A range hood, or the vent fan on an over the range microwave, needs to be cleaned regularly to remove any built-up grease. Start by thoroughly cleaning the range hood or microwave inside and out with a citrus-based cleaner. Citrus cleaners (such as orange oil cleaner) make short work of kitchen cleaning, without the need for toxic or harsh chemicals.

Be sure to clean the top, sides, and underneath, to remove all that cooking grime. Wear gloves and be careful of sharp metal edges.

Remove the grease filter from the fan, and clean it in hot, soapy water; or run it in the dishwasher. If you can reach the fan blades, turn the power off to the fan, and wipe them down as well.

Watch our video on Tips To Keep Your Kitchen Clean to find out more.

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  • pilar hernandez Says:
    February 4th, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    around how much would I spend to turn my patio into a living room half of the patio???? HELP



  • Ann Says:
    February 2nd, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I used plastic wall anchors to put up a shelf in my kitchen. It required 2 anchors per metal brace and I used 3 braces. The top screw on each brace didn’t tighten. I put a washer between the brace and wall and put the screw through the washer. It still would not tighten. What should I do now? I would like to store some cookbooks on this shelf.



  • Deb Hueholt-Hartman Says:
    February 1st, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    My condo apt has a white like dust that forces me to dust frequently. Is this a duct problem or worse? They supply and change filters every couple months but doesn’t seem to solve the problem. If I buy a better quality filter will I sacrifice heat ability? My furnace is in the ceiling. The complex is less than 20 yrs old. Appreciate any advice you can give.



  • Pat Temple Says:
    February 1st, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Marcia Matthews, you need to seek a plumber. Your main drIn is getting clogged



  • Garry Harrison Says:
    February 1st, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Toilet spits and sputters when refilling, but not every time. Sometimes it fills normally with no hesitation. What should I try to fix this.It is a newer style filler, not the old style floating ball. Also the tile grout needs to be cleaned. I used a product from Fuller brush last time which worked real well but have not been able to find it again on their web site. What do you recommend?
    Thanks for your help.



  • Marcia Matthews Says:
    February 1st, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    When I’m using the shower, I hear the toilet bubbling up. Do I need to get a plumber involved, or is it air in the pipe.



  • christine sipp Says:
    February 15th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    on february 15,2014 you had a squirt bottle of stuff to clean your bathroom tile floor. what was the name of that stuff please. my apartment bathroom floor has white grout and it doesn’t come clean very well. thanks christine



  • JUDY STAUDER Says:
    February 5th, 2014 at 9:34 am

    WE WOULD LIKE TO STAIN OR PAINT (EPOXY WAS RECOMMENDED) FOR OUR GARAGE FLOOR. WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHICH YOU WOULD USE. WE WANTED TO GO WITH A DARK COLOR SO IT WOULDN’T SHOW DIRT AS BAD. WE WERE TOLD HOT TIRES WILL TAKE OFF REGULAR PAINT, SO WE THOUGHT SINCE WE ARE OLDER STAIN MIGHT BE EASIER. HOPE YOU CAN HELP.


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