Several years are spent to repair and prevent losses in property and fatalities caused by clothes dryer fires. Lint is built up in vents and hoses, even though removing the lint catcher immediately after every load reduces this risk. Inside the machine, dirt and grime build up in hidden places.
You must always maintain your dryer clean. NFPA claims that uncleaned dryers cause fires. You can simplify the maintenance of your appliance and rest better at night if you use a few tools that simplify the process (such as the rotary bristle brush below). Machine maintenance goes beyond simply emptying the lint trap.
Is It Necessary to Clean A Dryer?
It is necessary to clean our dryer because it may get dirty and does not perform work properly with time.
- It used to be so easy to dry your clothing, but now it takes a lot longer.
- For your towel or blanket to be fully dry, it has to be run several times.
- When your dryer runs for a while, the exterior of the unit feels hotter than usual.
- While using the machine, you can smell an odd “dryer odor.”
- You can perceive a greater humidity level in your laundry room while running a load.
Several Methods to Clean A Dryer:
A dust-free trap increases airflow, so removing lint that’s accumulated in your mesh screen is critical for preventing fires. The lint trap should be removed when cleaning the dryer so dust and debris cannot escape the trap. Also, use a crevice vacuum attachment to vacuum the area in case any dust escapes the trap.
You’re more likely to get residue build-up on the mesh lint trap if you use dryer sheets and fabric softeners. Ensure that you are on the lookout for that build-up and flush the mesh out using a clean, soft toothbrush. Place the trap back in the machine after allowing it to dry completely.
Clean lint traps will not only reduce fire risks but also improve airflow, thus allowing your dryer to function more efficiently. Moreover, lowering your overall electricity bill will be easier if you shorten the appliance’s running time.
Clean the exterior, unplug the machine:
A lint-block screen can extend the drying time. Whenever you use your machine, ensure the battery has been recharged. Generally, lint screens are near the dryer’s front door.
- Removing the screen by pulling upright to allow access to remove lint, then replacing the lint trap. Using water or scrubbing will make lint easier to remove.
- Please turn off your dryer and open the dryer door after removing the lint screen, then altogether remove the screen and set it aside.
- Ensure the inside and outside of the dryer’s lint trap and the moisture sensor strips on the outside of the lint trap are cleaned thoroughly using a vacuum crevice tool and dryer cleaning brush.
- Once you finish, replace the lint screen with a new one, and then connect the dryer back to the electrical outlet.
Dryer Drum Cleaning:
Remove all debris by vacuuming or cleaning. Be cautious of tape stuck on furniture and threads wedged into the table.
- Rub the dryer drum with a soft cloth soaked in hot water and mild soap.
- Using a liquid non-flammable household cleaner is the best way to clean a gas dryer.
- To clean a gas and electric dryer, use a clean sponge or towel.
- Xylene or ethylene are used to dry gear.
Clean the dryer duct and vents:
If the clothes don’t get dry, the dryer takes longer to dry, or you cannot feel air flowing through the outside vent, your dryer’s exhaust vent may be clogged. In case you can’t find the dryer vent, you may wish to schedule a regular cleaning appointment with a professional company. Cleaning the dryer vent is a relatively straightforward process if you use a cleaning kit, as follows:
- Place the dryer exhaust vent outside of your home, on your roof, or in your attic. Disconnect the duct from the dryer by removing the plastic cover that covers the exhaust pipe.
- Your dryer’s electrical supply must be unplugged. The gas supply pipe should be disconnected and capped once the supply line’s shutoff valve is closed.
- Any tape or a clamp holding the duct to the back of your dryer from venting can be removed.
- Take a nylon brush and gently push it into either end of your dryer duct. You should always follow any turning or corner.
- Connect the vent pipe to the wall and power cord, reattach the lint collector, then clean all lint on the opposite side of the duct from where you started.
- You need to slide back your dryer into place. Blow out residual dust and confirm the vent is clean with an empty dryer cycle for 10 – 15 minutes.
We can conclude that if we follow all the methods mentioned earlier to clean a dryer, then the dryer will be great. Additionally, we tend our dryers every week. Additionally, it is important to deep clean the dryer after six months as these may not harm our dryer and may be more effective in the long term.