SB Steam Frequently Asked Questions

Santa Barbara Steam Cleaning often receives frequently asked questions from restaurants and professional businesses. Their questions and our answers are listed below regarding restaurant cleaning services, pressure washing services, air duct cleaning services, dryer vents, and fireplace and chimney cleaning services.

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Cleaning services

Question: Why should I have my kitchen exhaust system cleaned?
Answer: To insure proper air flow, to reduce fire hazard, pass health inspections and extend the life of your exhaust motor.

Question: How often should cleaning be done?
Answer:  We recommend once per month fast food, or restaurants or commercial kitchens with a heavy volume. Quarterly service for the average restaurant. Every 6 months to a year for low volume.

Question: How do you clean kitchen equipment?
Answer: With magnetic scrapers, wiping the hood with chemical & pressure steaming depending on circumstances.

Question: How long does it normally take to clean the kitchen exhaust system?
Answer: The average time to clean 1 hood and exhaust system that is on a service is 2-4 hours depending on the size.

Question: How much does it cost?
Answer: Every exhaust system is different and the cost can only be determined by an inspection and we are happy to give you a free estimate.

Question: Do you have a clean grease filter exchange service?
Answer: Yes we do, if you already have a set of filters, we will provide the rotation set free (unless they are an off size filter.)

Question: How often should I have my grease filters exchanged?
Answer: Depending on the volume and type of food cooked between twice a week to monthly.

Question: Do you sell grease filters?
Answer: We do sell UL approved baffle type grease filters in either stainless steel or galvanized metal.

Question: How much does the filter exchange service cost?
Answer: Depends on how many filters you have and how often they are changed, we can give you a free estimate.

Question: What other services do you offer?
Answer: Because we have a hot and cold water pressure washer we also can clean kitchen equipment, including, stoves, walk-in freezer and refrigerators, floors, tables, floor mats, sidewalks, dumpsters and patio areas.

Question: If I need to have my greasy floor cleaned, where does the water go?
Answer: We have a water recovery system that collects all the waste.

Question: Are you insured and licensed?
Answer: Yes. We are fully licensed and insured.


Pressure Washing services

We have a hot and cold pressure washer to clean sidewalks, patios, driveways, garbage areas in residential and commercial areas.


Air Duct Cleaning services

Question: Why should I have my air ducts cleaned?
Answer: To provide a better quality of air in your house to help reduce allergens and the effects of asthma. If there has been any construction in your house harmful debris can enter your duct system and should be removed.

Question: How do you clean the air ducts?
Answer: With a Hepa vacuum and brushed connected to adjustable and flexible extension rods.

Question: What gets cleaned with the air duct service?
Answer: All the registers, supply & return ducts, air handler fan(s) & filter(s) if washable get cleaned.  We sell new filters if necessary

Question: How often should I have my air ducts cleaned?
Answer: Depending on your specific wants or needs anywhere from once a year to every 8 years.

Question: How much does air duct cleaning cost?
Answer: If you call us we can give you a price over the phone, we ask specific questions and can give you a up-front pricing based on the information you give us, with no surprises when we come to clean.

Question: Do I need a return filter?
Answer: Yes, and we can replace your filter with either a disposable filter or an permanent electrostatic filter.

Question: What happens if I don't have my dryer vent cleaned regularly?
Answer: Drying time will take longer, energy will be wasted and most to importantly prevent fires.

Question: How do you clean dryer vents?
Answer: We use a high quality, gentle brush attached to extension rods and a vacuum.


Fireplace Cleaning services

Question: Why should I have my fireplace cleaned?
Answer: Cleaning should cut down on the amount of smoke that can enter your house, and prevent fires.

Question: How often should I have my fireplace cleaned?
Answer: We recommend cleaning yearly or after you have burned 1 cord of wood.

Question: Why should I have a flue cap?
Answer: A flue cap prevents sparks from landing on your roof, which can cause a fire and will also keep wind (which can blow ash) rain and critters out of your house.