Whether you’re considering purchasing a franchise yourself or you have an invested interest in the kitchen exhaust cleaning industry as a commercial kitchen owner, this cleaning service continues to grow in demand. Over time, the number of available eateries, bars, and other commercial cooking operations has only grown. Look around you! That new microbrew pub that popped up down the street, the new fast food chain on the corner, and that new hospital that opened up recently will all need kitchen exhaust cleaning and maintenance services at some point. Other types of businesses or facilities that need regular exhaust system cleaning and maintenance include retirement homes, prisons, large hotels, restaurants and industrial manufacturing facilities. Any commercial cooking operation, no matter how small, will at some point need their kitchen hood and exhaust system cleaned as a matter of fire safety. This is due to the amount of grease accumulation that occurs as a natural result of cooking oils vaporizing into the vents.
Consider the graph below. All emerging segments of the commercial kitchen market have grown over the last several decades. Restaurants especially have seen enormous growth since 1984. This increasing trend has not slowed down and will continue to grow. More commercial kitchens in America means more business for your kitchen exhaust cleaning service.
NFPA 96 is a governing body for fire protection that states kitchen exhaust cleaning frequency requirements for all commercial kitchens. The required amount of cleaning services per year depends on the type of commercial cooking operation and the frequency with which you use it. For example, systems serving food cooked by solid fuel operations such as a wood-fired stove need to be cleaned or inspected on a monthly basis. High-volume cooking operations including 24-hour diners, charbroiling and wok cooking need to be cleaned or inspected on a quarterly basis. Then, moderate to low-volume cooking operations are cleaned or inspected semi-annually and annually.
This means that this service is not only a requirement for all commercial kitchens at some point according to law, but that this service is also routine maintenance. This creates a wonderful business model with recurring revenue. Therefore, the services you provide as a Bare Metal Standard franchise owner are a necessity that will grow in demand over time as more restaurants and other facilities open their doors, building the foundation for success for your kitchen exhaust cleaning franchise.
The kitchen exhaust cleaning industry and the success of your franchise will depend on positive customer service and flexible follow through. It’s crucial to establish a client base by obtaining accounts and then keeping them. Strong initial marketing efforts followed by consistent follow up with restaurant or facility managers can set your business apart. Due to the growing number of kitchens, there is a growing number of opportunities for kitchen exhaust cleaners as well. If you’re interested in possible franchise opportunities in the kitchen exhaust cleaning industry, please contact Jeff Stanley, our Franchise Development Director for available franchise locations at 714-606-3493.