Steam clean range hood


My range hood is so greasy that I had a hard time changing the fluorescent tube recently. I want to buy a steam cleaner for various household uses, including the range hood. Question: Would the steam damage the fluorescent tube? IOW, should I remove it (pain in the ***) before steam cleaning the hood?
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Heating glass unevenly can damage it and hitting it with steam in one spot could break it. . I'd remove the tube and cover the sockets well too.
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Buy some 409 spray. That stuff cuts kitchen smoke grease like nothing I've ever seen. Spray till it's dripping. Let sit for 10 mins (respray if it begins drying) and take some rubber gloves, paper towels, and one of those mesh scrubby thingies and have at it. It might take a couple applications and some serious elbow grease, but 409 will cut that stuff.
If that doesn't work, Call a some local restaurants and ask what they use. The are constantly degreasing their cooking hoods to pass fire dept inpections.
I'd forget those cheapo steam thingies. Junk!
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Ewww...Why do you say "junk"? My DIL has one and she says it works fine but not on delicate things? Are you speaking from experience, or...? Straight question.

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Go to Home Depot, in the paint department, and buy a small box of TSP (TriSodium Phosphate) and use it to do the cleaning. Works great on grease.
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OK, you and the other respondent both recommended cleaning manually. I KNOW I can do that; I use a cleaner called "Greased Lightning" which does great, as, I am sure, do your recommendations.
My hope was that I wouldn't have to climb up on the stove (I am small) and shield my head and face from dripping **** while trying to reach the maw of the hood with short arms (no cracks pls).
No way out? (Sob)

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Sadly, you're probably going to get dripped on from the steam/water and melted grease anyway, and even then, you'll have to wipe things off when finished. Yes, remove the tube, but personally, I would NOT cover the sockets, since they're probably greased over as well. The steam would be fine for softening and even removing the caked grease, but for the final wipe-down, you probably will want to use either your favorite cleaner or the TSP, which is terrific.
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Okay, I get it. I assume the steam cleaner has some kind of long handle or wand.
But, how about this idea? First turn the light and/or fan on; then find the correct circuit breaker for that circuit and turn off the power to the fan/light at the circuit breaker. Then, use a chair or stool to get up high enough to reach and remove the bulbs. Turn off all burners, and if it is a gas stove with gas pilots, turn off the pilots so there is no open flame. Place some kind of huge basin or plastic cover over the entire stove area. Find some type of cleaning brush with a long handle, such as a toilet bowl cleaner or whatever, and use the stool/chair and the long-handled brush to clean the whole thing with TSP solution. My guess is that will be similar to using the steam cleaner with a wand, and won't result in any more goop landing on you than you would get with the steam cleaner.
Then again, you may be just really wanting to buy one of those steam cleaner devices. If so, just go for it and buy one and try it out. I have no idea how well they work, but when I see them on TV they look like junk to me. If you do end up doing that, post back here how well it works. Just because it looks like junk to me on TV doesn't mean that I am right about that. So, I'd be interested in knowing if they really do work and how well they work.
But, even if you go with the steam cleaner, do the routine about turning off the power, and use a chair or stool or whatever and remove the bulbs first. If nothing else, that will give you better access to clean the whole unit, including above/behind the bulbs and the bulb sockets.
Let us know how it all works out.
And, thanks for being one of those few people who post a question and then actually reads the answers and follows up, instead of just posting a question and never being heard from again.
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Troll. Plonk
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Joe wrote:

Obviously, this was not a troll post. Trolls don't typically follow up with completely logical and coherent replies to the responses they receive.
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Certainly offers an interesting insight into "Joe"'s POV.
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