As a business, it can be a pain to find accurate quotes and bids easily and in a streamlined manner. And unless you want to spend all day on the phone or taking time away from your customers to wait for an on-site visit, there’s generally nothing else you can do to receive quotes and make business deals. Until now.
If you are a restaurant or a commercial business, you can now receive accurate and straightforward bids for hood cleaning services directly over the phone, without an on-site visit. Not only does this save business owners time, money, and effort; you can also accept a quote on the spot and schedule an appointment without ever having to talk to someone.
This instant quote software—created by Josh Dodson former owner of GreasePro and Curt Kempton of Responsibid—offers hood cleaning quotes to businesses without anyone having to deal with the hassle of making phone calls, driving around, scheduling appointments, and taking time for jobs that might never happen.
The process is simple. For an example, check out Grease Pro’s:
- Go to grease-pro.com.
- Click the blue “Quick Estimate” button on the upper right of the webpage.
- Fill in your general contact information.
- Fill in your service details.
- Get a quote!
Whether you are a handyman, an electrician, the owner of a hood and duct cleaning business, or a plumber; you need the tools of your trade close by, and the easiest way to accomplish this is to have a truck or outfitted trailer ready to go. While many craftsmen choose to hand-fill their trucks with the necessary tools depending on the job of the day, or build out their own trailers to suit their specific needs, purchasing a pre-outfitted trailer is both an easy and cost efficient choice as well.
Outfitted trailers are enclosed custom-built utility trailers that can be bought with all the tools and equipment you need already installed in the trailer, keeping your equipment dry and protected from the elements on the job and allowing you to work smart. Not only does this save you time on having to seek out, select, purchase, and install single pieces of equipment but it has the potential to be less expensive too since you are buying a “package” instead of individual tools.
We offer deluxe 5-foot x 8-foot x 4-foot outfitted trailers with aluminum fenders and a smooth aluminum exterior, 15-inch steel wheels, a flat roof, ⅜-inch plywood walls (extra insulation available upon request), ¾-inch pressure treated plywood flooring, a 24-inch side door bolt lock, and 5-foot x 4-foot double rear cargo doors with cam locks. Our trailers include 2 ladder racks, easy lube hubs, trailer running lights, a quick release trailer stand, and can be custom build to suit your needs.*
One example of how our trailers can be tailored to your personal or business needs is this outfitted trailer build specifically for a hood and duct cleaning business. This trailer includes a wide variety of tools and equipment including:
1 tool box (100 piece tool kit)
2 50-foot sections of R2 4500 psi high-pressure non-marking hose with Quick Disconnects
1 adjustable pressure wand with rinse tip
1 hose faucet connector adapter
1 high-pressure nozzle
1 turbo nozzle
1 24-foot Type I aluminum extension ladder, heavy-duty
1 step ladder
1 wet/dry vacuum with hose
2 50-foot sections of heavy-duty hot water hose
1 4 way water valve key
2 suction cups
1 50-foot 10 gauge extension cord
1 25-foot extension cord
1 halogen portable work light
1 heavy duty flashlight
1 roll of plastic wrap (200 feet)
1 grease catch can (28 gallons with caster wheels)
1 18-inch floor squeegee with 60-inch threaded metal tip extension pole
1 stainless steel regular 6-inch squeegee with 24-foot extension pole
1 chemical storage container
15 assorted clamps
10 assorted scrapers
1 roll duct tape
1 dozen terry cloth towels
1 spray bottle
1 fuel container (2 gallons)
1 chemical sprayer (2 gallons)
1 pair grease boots (please specify size)
1 pair heavy duty gloves
1 pair goggles
1 bag of heavy-duty degreaser beads (50 pounds)
1 can of stainless steel polish
1 gallon of light degreaser
1 nylon rope and rope caddy
1 pack of bungee cords
1 shallow plastic container “keepers box”
1 set of MSDS sheets
1 8-inch round galvanized stove pipe (5 feet)
1 8-inch round galvanized stove pipe, 90-foot elbow
*All items are subject to availability at time of purchase. Substitutions made are made without prior notification. Every attempt will be made to purchase every item of your choosing.
Your grease filters are an integral component to keeping your cooking space clean and your commercial business safe. Not only do grease filters and kitchen hoods add an elegant element to your kitchen, they help keep it smoke- and grease-free too.
Grease filters, particularly grease baffle filters, work by catching grease before it goes up into your kitchen hood system. You need filters that are in good working condition, without missing or banged up parts, to keep your restaurant compliant with fire codes. It is also a fire hazard to have filters with grease build up on them, which means they need to be cleaned or changed frequently. Cleaning them, however, can be a difficult and complicated process. Not only does washing them improperly waste water and other resources, but cleaning them in a sink risks ruining your equipment with the grease running into your plumbing, sticking to pipes, and damaging other items you are trying to keep clean.
Pressure Washing Grease Filters
Follow these tips to safely and efficiently wash your grease baffle filters. (For more tips on using pressure washers, visit our previous blog post here.)
- Remove the filters carefully. If there is a large amount of thick grease built up on and around the filter, use a paint scraper to pry the filter out. Wear heavy-duty gloves at all times when handling the filters as the metal edges are sharp and can cut you.
- Prepare your filter for cleaning. Lay the filters side-by-side, not stacked on top of each other, at a 45 degree angle against a sturdy surface (NOT on the side of a building, house, truck, or car!). This angle will allow the water to force the grease and cleaning chemicals off the filter and towards the ground, not back at you or onto the clean side of the filter.
- Safely clean the grease filters. Clean them one by one and take your time in doing it. Rushing through the job won’t ensure they get cleaned completely. Ensure you are using the appropriate pressure washer settings. Be sure you are using the appropriate cleaning chemicals as well. Regular dish soap won’t cut through this grease! You also need to remember that heavy-duty degreaser removes paint too, so be careful.
- Keep filters clean as they dry. As you finish power washing each filter, prop them up (don’t lay them flat on the ground) against a clean and dry surface with the filter blades horizontally to allow them to air dry.
- Finish up. Pressure wash the area then squeegee excess water, but be sure you don’t destroy any property with a strong power washer.
Purchasing New Grease Filters
Some kitchens and restaurants use thinner, lightweight aluminum grease filters. These are not meant to be cleaned and reused, but rather disposed of and replaced. But even thicker, more heavy-duty filters eventually reach the end of their life and need to be replaced from time to time as well. Use these tips for finding and buying new filters for your hood systems.
The most important distinction when buying your filters is whether you want baffle grease filters or mesh grease filters.
Baffle Filters: Baffle filters are made from unique roll formed baffle, designed to prevent flames from penetrating through the filter into the ducts. Two layers of equally-spaced baffles create an air flow that contributes to efficient grease removal. The smooth surfaces of the baffle filters causes a continuous run-off, allowing grease to be safely deposited in collection troughs. These are typically designed to be used in grease hoods and fryers and can be made from galvanized, aluminum, or stainless steel to withstand varying temperatures. The pros to using baffle grease filters is that they contribute to improved airflow, are generally more durable, and require less maintenance than mesh filters.
Mesh Filters: Mesh filters are made of many layers of fine metal stacked on top of each other, rather than slatted grates like baffle grease filters. In use, grease and smoke are forced through and gradually screened by the mesh. The grease is then channeled into drain holes and deposited into a grease trap to avoid build up on the mesh. Due to this, however, the grease causes buildup if it is not cleaned frequently (about once a week, depending on use). The pros of using mesh filters is that they are usually dishwasher safe and can be less expensive than baffle filters.
Another difference in grease filters is the material they are made of. As mentioned above, baffle grease filters can be made from a number of different metals depending on the temperatures they must withstand.
Stainless Steel: These grease filters are highly durable and easily washable, which makes them best for high-volume restaurants. Stainless steel grease filters can be cleaned in dishwashers, soaked in water, pressure washed, or cleaned by hand unlike aluminum filters. They also come in a variety of styles and sizes to fit everywhere from home kitchen range hoods to heavy-duty restaurant exhaust hoods.
Aluminum: Aluminum filters tend to be less expensive and are therefore a more economic choice for lower-volume restaurants and kitchens. They are not as durable as stainless steel filters, however, and therefore must be cleaned by hand.
The last, but most important thing you want to consider when purchasing your kitchen grease filter is the size of the filter and the space you are trying to put it in. Be sure you have the correct measurements for both height and width. You can determine which is which by holding your baffle filter so the ridges run vertically, from top to bottom. The height will run parallel to the ridges while the width will run perpendicular to them. Keep in mind that filter measurements are often listed as whole numbers, meaning that they are slightly rounded up to the nearest whole number. Exact sizes of the filters are roughly half an inch smaller in size.
Pressure washers, also called power washers, come in a variety of different forms, though they all ultimately get the same job done. If you are new to the world of pressure washers, knowing which one to select and how to use it can be intimidating. But don’t worry! This straightforward buying guide can help point you in the right direction.
A Beginner’s Guide to Using a Pressure Washer
Before you start shopping for a pressure washer, it is important to understand the best and most effective ways to use them. This can help you get the most out of your machine and avoid making any mistakes such as damaging the surface you are working with.
- Tips with narrow sprays provide more pressure and less coverage. Wider sprays provide greater coverage at lower pressure.
- Start with the nozzle 2 feet away from the surface you are cleaning and move closer as needed (but no closer than 6 inches).
- Use the widest spray angle you can. If it is not removing the stain, then you can narrow the spray angle as needed.
- When cleaning vertical surfaces like walls and siding, wash from the bottom up then rinse from the top down.
- Hold the tip of the pressure washer nozzle at an angle, not directly at the surface you are cleaning to prevent damage.
- Keep the spray nozzle moving to avoid cutting into surfaces.
- Practice makes perfect! Practice until you get the hang of using your pressure washer on hidden surfaces, just in case a mistake is made so you won’t be harming a noticeable surface.
Gas VS Electric
Last year, my daughter Alexine and I were in New York City attending Stream Con, a 3-day convention that connects fans, creators, brands, and other industry professionals to celebrate digital content creation. I had another event that I was planning on attending in the near future, and being that I was in New York City (one of the best shopping meccas in the country), I decided to take a break from listening to famous YouTubers to do a little shopping.
One of the stores I visited was Urban Outfitters on 5th Avenue. After browsing their selection, I found a dress that not only fit like a glove but was perfect to wear to my upcoming event. I bought it and brought it back home to South Carolina with me.
One week before my event, I was getting my outfit ready. I put on the dress I had bought at Urban Outfitters to try on with shoes, but it was riddled with little holes! I was distraught. The dress was not an inexpensive purchase, and I knew our local Urban Outfitters (which was over an hour away from my house) wouldn’t have it in stock. Without knowing what else to do, I decided to call the store that I purchased the dress from. By then it was nighttime, so I left a message hoping someone would eventually call me back.
The very next day, the manager of the 5th Avenue store called me. He had me describe the dress I purchased and, while on the phone with me, was walking around the store to locate it. Once he found it, he overnight shipped the dress to me without question, but not before thoroughly investigating the dress to make sure there was nothing wrong with it. I got my new dress by 10:00am the following day!
I was in awe over the customer service I received. Not only did I receive a personalized and fast response, but I was never once asked to prove that I had purchased a dress from that store. The store manager never asked me for a receipt number or what day and time I shopped at their store. Their number one priority was making sure I was happy by getting what I paid for, no questions asked.
This is the kind of customer service I strive to give to my clients.
Our Policies: Always Designed with the Customer in Mind
Hood Cleaning Supplies Introduction
Hood Cleaning Supplies, working diligently to become a top contender in the industry, is a supplier of commercial kitchen exhaust cleaning and pressure washing materials. We offer all the supplies customers could possibly need—from specialized equipment to a unique blend of degreasers—to perform pressure washing, kitchen hood cleaning, window cleaning, carpet cleaning, and many other janitorial industry duties. Committed to providing an affordable, reliable, and painless buying process; Hood Cleaning Supplies conducts business with customers, employees, and suppliers in an exceptionally respectful and ethical manner.
For Our Customers
We aim to remain a company that is easy to do business with by providing the best available prices within the industry as well as an easy purchasing process for our customers. To yield a top customer service experience for our clients, Hood Cleaning Supplies utilizes a customer execution excellent program. Customer satisfaction—nurtured by our commitment to providing high quality, functional products and cost-efficient, reliable services—is our highest priority.
For Our Suppliers
It is our responsibility to not only offer value to our customers but to our suppliers as well. Our suppliers are considered partners who share in striving towards delivering top performance and exceptional merchandise. We are committed to ensuring the best uses of our supplies and equipment by emphasizing safe and knowledgeable product application through continued training and information distribution.
From the desk of April Dodson