How To Properly Clean a Dryer Lint Trap

You want to wash and dry your favorite outfit but the problem is the dryer is getting overworked and having a lint problem. The best example of avoiding lint altogether is stopping the dryer and taking out the source. Let us see then how to properly do away with unwanted debris and letting your dryer do its duty.

  • Checking the trap. There is always a stray wool or fabric that can be found in the laundry. Lint as it is commonly called can cause a fire. So it is wise to always throw and clean out the lint trap of your dryer. Any buildup once it becomes excessive will certainly contribute to a higher chance of reaching a dangerous amount. Make it a habit to remove lint every time you see any trapped inside. Not only is this a type of maintenance for your drier to have a longer lifespan but also reminds you that your dryer may be a fire hazard as well. Keep in mind that lint is also used by campers to light a fire so there is a big possibility that this can be a source of fire in your house as well and can create excessive heat inside your dryer.
  • How to do your inspection and cleaning. Annual inspection of your drier is the minimum to check its condition. The lint trap must be always clean. This is to be done each time it is used. Now if you are not into that habit you might as well clean the lint trap every so often. Use a lint brush or vacuum this in order to take out bits and pieces stubbornly trapped in. With the use of your dryer you must remember to stay away from using this to dry clothes or fabrics exposed to volatile chemicals, solvents, oils. Air dry these items as much as possible or have the dryer at the lowest setting after having these washed two or three times over.

    Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the area beneath the dryer, and around it to remove any dust, lint or dirt. Move your dryer from its place if needed. If you have a gas dryer, make sure that the connection is in place when doing any moving. Mop down to dry if the floor area is dirty and put the dryer back in place. Visually check the exhaust duct. Unplug the dryer prior to doing so. A vacuum cleaner attachment can serve to reach the duct effectively at all corners. For the exhaust hood, check the exteriors. Turn on the dryer and look for your exhaust hood. The flaps should be moving without restriction or by any debris. You can do this when your dryer is actually doing its work. A hand mirror can be used if you have a blocked view from your angle. Usually the hood is the barrier. Duct traps can be replaced it these are not the rigid kind. If it is made of plastic or foil accordion, these lint traps capture debris more easily than the metal type. Air flow and drying time is affected especially if the traps are having kinks and dents.

  • Keeping your dryer in shape. Always treat your drier like how the manual says it is supposed to be kept. It can not hold anything on top of it or serve as a table or storage space. The machine must be free from any clutter around at the back of it to let it breathe. For the interiors of the dryer, you can rely on professional cleaning service for this.

Now that is a good thing to know that dryers should not be taken for granted. Always check your manual’s instruction guide if you have difficulty in identifying parts or special functions which your drier may possess which can make it more efficient and fit to your needs. A good machine should have annual inspection to be efficient and not be too overworked. Cost effective and energy-saving, a few simple habits can always save you a few extra dollars and hassle of buying a new one in the end.


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