When we think about proper drying machine maintenance, most of us tend to focus only on keeping the inner lint filter clean. Actually, the lint filter doesn’t catch everything that comes in its way – that’s why it is so essential to ensure that the whole machine is properly cleaned.
A lot of lint and dirt get trapped in the vent and block it, which increases the risk of fire and decreases the efficiency of the dryer. However, the vent isn’t the only place you need to consider. Dirt and linen get stuck around the drum, as well, which can also pose as a fire hazard. It also increases your energy bills, as it lowers the machine efficiency and increases the drying times for your clothes. You can use a simple vacuum cleaner to sweep out the lint that has built up around the drum. The dryer ducts as just as important and needs regular cleaning as well – according to experts, you need to check and properly clean it every 2 years or so.
The principle is the same as with the dryer vent cleaning. With time, dirt and lint tend to build up not only in the vent, but in the whole dryer machine. The amount might not be as great, as what you’ll find, when cleaning the vent, but it still poses a significant fire risk. Not properly cleaned dryer machine will need longer time to finish the drying process – which means increased energy consumption and, therefore, increased energy bills. Your time is just as important as your money, so you really need to make sure that the whole dryer machine is properly cleaned every few years. Moreover, the drying machine are quite expensive to repair or replace, which is another reason to think about their proper maintenance.
However, money is not the only reason why you should be concerned about the state of your drying machine. As we already established, the lint blocking the vent can cause your clothes to catch fire due to over-heating. The same is true for the entire dryer machine, actually. Cleaning the machine regularly significantly reduces the risk of lint being pulled into the heating element and, as a result, cause a fire.
One of the most important features of the dryer machine is the lint trap. It is essential that you develop the habit of cleaning it regularly, preferably after each load of laundry. You should also do a more thorough cleaning of the lint trap at least a couple of times per year, depending on how often you use the dryer. The laundry detergent, for example, can cause building up of a waxy film over the lint trap – use plain water, mixed with soap to clean it. If you’re able to run water over it and it passes without any pooling, the lint trap is clean enough. You also need to do a thorough vacuuming of the space down the front lint trap – around and inside the vent. You’ll be surprised of what things you’ll find stuck inside the vent!
The dryer machine cleaning should also include the drum. You can clean it with a mixture of water and vinegar. Building up of dirt and lint there can cause your clothes to become overly dried or damp and in general, lowers your dryer machine effectiveness. Don’t forget to clean the inside of the door, as well!
The whole cleaning process of the dryer machine can be done manually, but it’s much better to trust professionals to do it. Regardless of who is doing the cleaning, however, it is essential that you check and clean the whole dryer on a regular basis. This can save you a lot of money and time, can protect your clothes from damage, and most importantly, can save your life.