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Step-by-Step Guide: How to Clean Dryer Vents

While spring cleaning usually includes organizing closets and washing windows, adding dryer vent cleaning to the to-do list is a good idea. We’ll review how to clean dryer vent components like the lint trap, lint trap vent, and vent tubing quickly and easily. We’ll also discuss why this often neglected task is so important.

How to Clean Dryer Vent Parts and Why It’s So Important

Knowing how to clean dryer vents effectively is an important home safety precaution. If lint and debris accumulate in the vent system, it can affect your dryer’s performance. When this happens, you’ll notice your dryer takes too long, or the dryer takes more than one cycle to dry clothes. A clogged vent system is also considered a significant fire hazard.

To avoid these outcomes, we suggest cleaning your dryer vent at least once a year. The following step-by-step guide provides the simple cleaning steps you need to get the job done.

How to Clean Your Dryer Lint Trap

Though you should remove lint from your dryer’s lint trap after each drying cycle, it can also benefit from regular deep cleanings. This is especially true if you use dryer sheets or fabric softener. These products can leave behind a residue that clogs the lint trap’s mesh screen.

If the lint trap remains clogged, it will restrict airflow and you’ll notice the dryer takes too long to dry clothes. Here’s how to clean the lint trap to remove buildup:

  1. Remove the lint trap from its compartment and dispose of any visible lint.
  2. Wet the screen under running water and add a small amount of dish soap.
  3. Gently scrub the screen with a soft-bristle brush to remove any residue.
  4. Allow the lint trap to dry completely before replacing.
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How to Clean Your Lint Trap Vent

Knowing how to clean dryer vent components also includes the lint trap vent. This area around the lint trap can collect lint and debris, especially if the lint trap was clogged. Here’s how to easily clean the lint trap vent with a dryer vent cleaning brush:

  1. Remove the lint trap.
  2. Sweep the dryer vent brush throughout the vent, collecting all visible lint and debris. Repeat as needed.
  3. Use a narrow hose vacuum attachment to remove any remaining lint.
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How to Clean Your Dryer Vent

The dryer’s vent tubing is often where the most lint accumulates. Here’s how to clean dryer vent tubing so your dryer functions optimally and the risk of fire is reduced:

  1. Unplug the dryer and slide it away from the wall to access the vent tubing.
  2. Disconnect vent tubing from dryer.
  3. Use the dryer vent cleaning brush to collect any lint within the vent.
  4. With a narrow hose vacuum attachment, gently vacuum inside the vent to remove all remaining lint. Vacuum up any lint that’s on the floor around the dryer.
  5. With the same methods, clean out the dryer vent and dryer vent exhaust on the outside of the house.
  6. Reconnect the dryer to the vent tubing and plug it back in. Slide the dryer back into place.

If you find your dryer not heating appropriately even after a thorough cleaning, it may be time for a dryer repair. Give us a call to help solve the problem!

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