Santa Barbara Steam Cleaning Services


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.

SB Steam Cleaning Services has provided professional cleaning services for over 50 years. Call (805) 962-2723 to receive your free estimate today!

SB Steam Cleaning offers a wide variety of services including:

Kitchen Hood and Exhaust Cleaning

SB Steam Cleaning will clean your kitchen exhaust down to the bare metal by removing hard grease with magnetic scrapers and the world's #1 degreaser: Bonzai or Red Ripper. After the system has been scraped and chemical has been applied, we either wipe the system down by hand or pressure steam the exhaust system. Finally, we polish the hood. Your hood will look brand new!

Kitchen Appliance Cleaning

There is no reason to cook in a dirty environment! Let SB Steam Cleaning clean your commercial kitchen stoves, ovens, fryers, racks, stainless steel tables, and walk-in freezers or refrigerators. Why is this important? Because to create the best quality food, you need a safe, clean, and hygienic cooking area. How do we do this? We take the smaller parts of the appliances back to our shop and soak them in our hot chemical tank. Then we pressure steam them and hand clean the shell of the appliance with scrapers and the world's #1 degreaser.

Grease Filter Exchange Program

We will exchange your dirty grease filters with clean filters that have been professionally cleaned at our shop using a hot chemical tank and pressure washer. How often should you change your filters? Depending on the volume and type of food being cooked, we recommend anywhere from twice a week to once a month. Using a dishwasher does not clean the inside of the baffle filter like our chemical hot tank and pressure washed do. Neglecting the baffle filter leads to clogging and replacement. Don't burden yourself with that extra cost, let us clean them for you!

Pressure Washing

Get your driveway, sidewalk, patio, or walkway pressure washed! If you have dirt, grime, algae, moss, or grease, let us get rid of it!

Swamp Cooler Cleaning

Swamp coolers, or "make-up air," are supposed to bring fresh air into your kitchen in order to cool the kitchen, to help air balance and create a better working environment for your chef and cooking staff. The problem is that after years of neglect, the fans, ducts, and registers become dirty and the fresh air that should be entering your kitchen is stagnant. This can be unsafe for your staff and can even contaminate food. Let us clean your air supply system and bring fresh air back into your kitchen!

Air Duct Cleaning

If you are experiencing bad allergies, asthma, or congestion, or if there are visible contaminants coming from your air duct, SB Steam Cleaning recommends having your heating and cooling ducts cleaned at your home or commercial building. We will clean the furnace, or air handler fan, and plenum. We use a Hepa vacuum and rotary brush to clean the full length of ducts and wash the entire register. If desired, a natural and non-toxic chemical can also be used to sanitize the entire duct system. Beware of scams! Anyone who calls your house offering to clean your air ducts for $90 or less will try to sell you new ducts, furnaces, or air conditioning systems. SB Steam Cleaning offers up-front pricing and no surprises! We only sell new filters. We can even use video to inspect your ducts for rodent problems, duct quality, or just to see how dirty they really are!

Dryer Vents Cleaning

Did you know that the NFIRS reports that there is an average of 9,600 dryer vent fires a year? Don't let this happen to you! Let SB Steam Cleaning clean your dryer vents and prevent the potential for fire! You should also have your dyer vent cleaned if you notice it is taking longer for your clothes to dry. Don't spend two hours letting your clothes dry! Let us clean your dryer vent and decrease drying time!

Chimney Sweeping

Do you have a flue cap on your chimney? If not, let us install one to help prevent fires. We will clean and inspect your fireplace to make sure it is safe for use.

Video Inspection

SB Steam Cleaning offers video inspection of ventilation and dryer ducts for: Quality of ducts, Cleanliness of ducts, and to locate and remove any foreign objects
SB Steam Cleaning Residential Package: Have any combination of your air ducts, dryer vents, fireplace or residential hoods cleaned at the same time for a discounted price!


Kitchen Exhaust System Cleaning

Why should I have my kitchen exhaust system cleaned?

To insure proper air flow, to reduce fire hazard, pass health inspections and extend the life of your exhaust motor.

How often should cleaning be done?

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.

How do you clean kitchen equipment?

With magnetic scrapers, wiping the hood with chemical & pressure steaming depending on circumstances.

How long does it normally take to clean the kitchen exhaust system?

The average time to clean 1 hood and exhaust system that is on a service is 2-4 hours depending on the size.

How much does it cost?

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.

Do you have a clean grease filter exchange service?

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.)

How often should I have my grease filters exchanged?

Depending on the volume and type of food cooked between twice a week to monthly.

Do you sell grease filters?

We do sell UL approved baffle type grease filters in either stainless steel or galvanized metal.

How much does the filter exchange service cost?

Depends on how many filters you have and how often they are changed, we can give you a free estimate.

What other services do you offer?

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.

If I need to have my greasy floor cleaned, where does the water go?

We have a water recovery system that collects all the waste.

Are you insured and licensed?

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

Why should I have my air ducts cleaned?

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.

How do you clean the air ducts?

With a Hepa vacuum and brushed connected to adjustable and flexible extension rods.

What gets cleaned with the air duct service?

All the registers, supply & return ducts, air handler fan(s) & filter(s) if washable get cleaned. We sell new filters if necessary

How often should I have my air ducts cleaned?

Depending on your specific wants or needs anywhere from once a year to every 8 years.

How much does air duct cleaning cost?

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

Do I need a return filter?

Yes, and we can replace your filter with either a disposable filter or a permanent electrostatic filter.

What happens if I don't have my dryer vent cleaned regularly?

Drying time will take longer, energy will be wasted and most to importantly prevent fires.

How do you clean dryer vents?

We use a high quality, gentle brush attached to extension rods and a vacuum.

Fireplace Cleaning services

Why should I have my fireplace cleaned?

Cleaning should cut down on the amount of smoke that can enter your house, and prevent fires.

How often should I have my fireplace cleaned?

We recommend cleaning yearly or after you have burned 1 cord of wood.

Why should I have a flue cap?

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.

We do not go up onto 2 story roofs or tile roofs.