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Tips for Restaurants to Remove Frying Oil Smoke and Odors

Steve VanDenBerg Blog, fire damage

A thriving restaurant busy preparing sumptuous dishes throughout the day will undoubtedly be overcome by offensive odors. Frying oil smoke, burned meat, and raw seafood are just a few contributors to smelly restaurants. Here are tips to remove unpleasant odors.

Not all restaurants have the luxury of opening up their windows year-round. Old Man Winter can force restaurants to keep the windows in the back kitchen shut. Unfortunately, as odors accumulate, they can travel to the front-of-house and offend restaurant customers and guests.

Using air fresheners to reduce the awful smells is ineffective since they can potentially affect the smell and taste of food once it’s served. Plus, air fresheners only mask the bad odors instead of removing them. Air fresheners can smell good to some customers but not to others.

Commercial air fresheners are an added expense. A restaurant that deals with a continual odor problem will have to replenish the stock of air fresheners month after month—and the costs can significantly add up. Utilizing air fresheners is an ineffective and expensive way of dealing with restaurant odors.

Tip #1: Increase Ventilation

Fried oil smells should, ideally, be directly addressed, rather than covered up by artificial means. Ventilation is one key way to minimize or outrightly eliminate the odors resulting from frying food. Turn on the fans to direct odorous air outwards and, if weather permits, open the windows.

Increase Ventilation

Tip #2: Install Carbon Filters

Carbon filters are an effective way to filter out odors without masking them. The filters absorb odors through a filtering mechanism. Carbon filters are typically installed in the duct work, so it may be an added expense to install them in areas where electricity can push air through the system.

Activated carbon is a reliable tactic that removes unwanted odors and pollutants via a process of absorption. The micro and macro pores inside the filters pull molecules and hold them on their surface. Since the filters can become saturated, they must be regularly replaced.

Tip #3: Close the Doors

Frying oil smoke and odors starting in the kitchen can be kept from being distributed to the front-of-house. The doors to the kitchen act as a barrier, and closing them prevents odor molecules from spreading to areas where customers are served and dine.

Tip #4: Clean Up Promptly

Cleaning the kitchen immediately after frying food can make an instant difference in how the restaurant smells. Wash pots and pans used to fry the food. Wipe down the stovetop, griddle, grill, range, flattop, and fryer on which the food was fried.

Clean Up Kitchen Promptly

Use a kitchen degreaser to clean nearby walls and counters. Disinfect food prep surfaces. Even the sink should undergo a thorough cleaning on a daily basis. The rags and towels used to clean up should also be laundered in the restaurant washing machine at the end of each day.

Food waste from the refuse storage areas can cause awful smells that build up and worsen over time. If the storage area is near the front-of-house, the odors will inevitably travel to that area. Keep the restaurant clean and odor-free by taking out the trash daily.

Tip #5: Use White Vinegar

Vinegar is a staple in restaurants. Use vinegar to neutralize restaurant smells. Vinegar is acidic, thereby making it a potent liquid that absorbs basic odors, including grease. At the end of the day, pour vinegar into a bowl, close the doors and window, and allow the liquid to sit overnight.

In the morning, the restaurant smells will have diminished, thanks to the odor-absorbing properties of white vinegar. Take the odor control a step further by mixing vinegar and water and spraying areas from which the smells originate, then wipe with a clean cloth.

Tip #6: Install an Ionization Unit

Restaurants have the option to adopt the cost-effective method of ionization to tackle unwanted smells. The unit can be installed on the walls where most of the odors linger. Using electricity, the ionization system discharges ions into the vicinity, thereby combating the smells through oxidation.

Tip #7: Run an ozone cleaner

Ozone cleaners tackle odors at the molecular level. Even stubborn and persistent odors can be successfully resolved by using a durable ozone cleaner inside the restaurant. In fact, ozone treatments are regularly used to clean exhaust from commercial kitchens of all types.

Cooking fumes contain a large amount of grease particles, odor molecules, and soot. Large grease particles from the kitchen can become trapped when left unaddressed. Small airborne grease particles can also become lodged in the ventilation duct fan and pass into the environment.

Run an ozone cleaner

Grease particles should be cleaned up right away. Accumulating grease particles can ignite in the heat of the restaurant kitchen, making them a fire hazard. Prevent a cooking fire by eliminating the grease as well as the frying oil smoke and odors. If a fire ignites, contact ServiceMaster DRR.

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