Cleaning Your Dryer Vent

A clogged dryer can lead to an easily preventable fire. Therefore, dryer vent cleaning is incredibly important. Learn how to clean out the vent and lint screen below.

You will need soap, a face mask, vacuum (preferably shop vac), and a screwdriver or tool to loosen the clamp.

First, empty the lint screen from the dryer, pick off all lint possible and soak it in hot water. It is important to use water when cleaning the lint screen. It will get the fine particles that are flammable.

While the lint screen is soaking, unplug the dryer from both gas and electric power sources. Gain access to the vent and use a screwdriver to loosen the clamp from the vent.

Once the vent slides off, clean lint buildup immediately. Use a face mask if you are sensitive to air-born dust. Vacuum all nooks and dust bunnies inside. If the buildup is immense, find a long tool such as a dull-ended coat hanger. Be careful not to puncture the vent.

Thoroughly check the vent outside of the house to make sure there is no buildup there.

Go back to the lint screen and rub with gentle circles to get fine particles loose. Dry with a towel and set out to air dry as you reassemble the clamp, vent, etc.

When the lint screen is dry, put it back in. Run the dryer on air fluff for 10 minutes. This will allow the lastĀ of the loose particles to dislodge.

Enjoy using your clean and efficient dryer!