Many of us are using our clothing lines less and less as we rely on dryers to quickly and easily dry our clothes. A dryer offers time saving convenience. Most of us can relate to a hurried, last-minute wash and dry of our kids school uniform! The question is how often should you clean your dryer lint filter? The answer is simple, after each and every use. A clean lint filter and vent will:
- help reduce drying times
- improve your dryer’s performance
- reduce fire hazards
What does a lint filter do?
An important component of your dryer is a lint filter (also known as a lint trap). As your clothes tumble dry, clothes particles and fibres are released. These lint filter collects these fibres before they have a chance to clog the airflow of your dryer’s vent system. If your vent system becomes clogged, it will not only reduce the efficiency of your dyer, it can burn and cause a fire. Regular maintenance can prevent overheating problems.
How often should you clean your dryer lint filter?
You should clean your dryer lint filter after every use. Some dryers will have a light with a reminder to check your lint filter. A clean lint filter is a simple way to increase the efficiency of your dryer and decrease operating costs.
Where is your lint dryer filter located?
Generally, the lint filter is located in the door opening of the dryer. On some models, the lint screen may be located on the dryer’s back wall. Some dryers will have more than one lint filter. If unsure, check your owner’s manual.
Steps to clean your dryer lint filter after every use:
Step 1: Open your dryer door.
Step 2: Locate your lint filter and pull the lint screen out.
Step 3: Press the tab down and open the lint screen.
Step 4: Roll lint off the screen with your fingers.
Step 5: Close the lint screen and push firmly back into place.
Give your dryer lint filter a thorough clean every 3 months
Over time, laundry detergent and fabric softener residue can build up and clog your lint screen. A thorough clean every 3 months, will remove stubborn build-up and ensure your filter is working efficiently.
- Open your dryer door and pull out your lint screen.
- Roll off excess lint with your fingers.
- Wet a soft bristled brush with hot water and liquid detergent. Scrub screen to remove residue build-up.
- Rinse in hot water.
- Allow screen to dry thoroughly and completely.
- Reinstall the screen in the dryer.
Handy tip! Excess lint often builds up in the cavity where your lint screen is located. To easily remove lint that has accumulated in this space, unplug your dryer and use your vacuum cleaner with a narrow attachment.
Extra tips to keep your dryer performing at its best:
- Clean the inside and outside of your dryer with a damp sponge monthly. You can make a cleaning solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water to spray and wipe your dryer. This helps remove any residue and build-up.
- If your clothes are taking an exceptionally long time to dry, check your dryer door seal for any wear and tear or damage. Worn seals can be easily replaced. Find replacement dryer seals here.
- Replace worn lint filters at the first sight of damage.
A well-maintained dryer will dry your clothes quicker and require less energy consumption. Keep your dryer clean with our easy tips and clean your lint filter after every use to ensure efficient and safe use.
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