Tips & Tricks
If it's been a while since you've performed a dryer vent cleaning, it may be time for some routine maintenance. In addition to helping your dryer run more efficiently, cleaning the dryer vent regularly will reduce the risk of a clogged vent, which can result in a fire hazard.
Follow these awesome steps!!
STEP 1: Clear the lint screen:
Clean the lint screen or filter EVERY time you dry a load of clothes. Pull the lint screen straight out to
remove it from the dryer.
Remove as much lint as you can with a brush, then wipe the screen with a used fabric softener sheet to pick up
any remaining pieces of lint.
STEP 2: Remove leftover lint inside the trap:
You occasionally need to clean the lint trap, this is the area in which the filter fits. Use a long flexible dryer lint brush and a gentle twisting motion to clean the cavity. Vacuum the brush clean, then repeat the process until you can't remove any more lint.
STEP 3: Clean the vent hose and pipe.
Once a year or so, clean the dryer's vent hose and pipe to keep the machine running efficiently. To start, pull the dryer away from the wall and unplug it (or shut off the gas if you have a gas model). Disconnect the duct from the dryer and the wall, and use the vent brush to loosen any lint or dust inside. Vacuum up any lint on the floor and inside the holes in the dryer and wall using a crevice tool attachment. Repeat this process on the outdoor vent where the exhaust exits your house.
With these simple steps, you can keep your dryer in top shape.