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How to Remove Dryer Lint From the Exhaust

12/31/2021 (Permalink)

Vacuum cleaning a flexible aluminum dryer vent hose, to remove lint and prevent fire hazard. You can use a vacuum to pick up the debris and lint.

Lint can build up in several areas in and around your clothes dryer. A lint fire can quickly spread and cause severe fire damage. To avoid a dryer fire in your home in Nolensville, TN there are some smart tips to follow.

Clean Out the Lint Filter With Every Use

Each time you plan to use your dryer, gently pull out the lint screen before turning on the dryer. Using your hand, remove the lint from the screen. If the screen still looks dirty or filmy after removing the lint, you should rinse it off with clear water in the sink.

Clean Out the Dryer Vents

Every six months, you should clean out the dryer vents to reduce the risk of a lint fire.

  • Unplug the dryer in the back.
  • Pull out the exhaust hose. You will first need to remove the clamp on the hose.
  • Empty lint from the hose using a soft brush or vacuum attachment.
  • Completely clean the wall vent with a cleaning kit that can be purchased from a home improvement or hardware store.
  • Reconnect the exhaust hose and tighten the hose clamp.
  • Clean lint from the vent on the outside of your house using a soft brush or hand vacuum.

Conduct a Deep Clean of the Dryer’s Interior
Once every six months, you should also clean the interior of your dryer.

After the dryer is unplugged, carefully pull the dryer away from the wall and then unscrew the back panel.
Clean the entire inside area. You can use a vacuum to pick up the debris and lint. Metal parts can be cleaned with an all-purpose cleaner and a soft cloth.
Make sure everything is back in place and secure the panel before you plug the dryer back in. Push the dryer back to the wall.

Following these smart tips will significantly reduce the risk of a lint fire in your home.

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