What You Must Know About Caring for Your Dryer
Everyone knows that before transferring a new load of damp laundry from the washer to the dryer, you must pull out the vent screen and remove any accumulated lint. But do you know the reasons why you must do this? I have always thought that the reason was to allow the dryer to work more efficiently with more air flow. While that statement is certainly true, many people forget this easy task and allow the lint to build up in the filter. Not only does this block air flow, but it becomes a serious fire risk. You must remove the lint every single time you run your dryer.
Removing Lint is Not the Only Necessary Task
Many people are in the habit of using dryer sheets to keep static out of their laundry. The way that dryer sheets work is to impart a light, invisible coating to the fabric of your clothing. The sheets also leave an invisible residue on the lint filter. You may run your hand over the filter to remove the heaviest build up of lint. However, you will still have tiny pieces of lint left behind. You may look through the holes of the lint screen and think they are clear. But the dryer sheets have coated the screen so that it cannot do its job properly.
Once a month, remove the lint filter and hold it under running water. Then scrub it on both sides with a firm bristled brush to remove residue and tiny pieces of lint. By doing this, you will prevent household fires. Every year thousands of fires occur due to dryer lint, accounting for millions of dollars in damage.
Your Dryer Requires Annual Maintenance As Well
Another potential fire hazard lurks in the hose that runs from the back of your dryer to the outdoors. The hose bunches up over time. This traps chunks of lint inside the hose. I hire a company once a year to clean the entire ventilation system of my dryer. They clean the inside of the hose over its entire length. I used to have my laundry appliances on the second floor of my home. The hose wound around behind the dryer, disappeared into the wall and up through the attic to a roof vent. There was no way I could accomplish a thorough cleaning myself. Keep an eye out for coupons that come to your mailbox regularly. There are always several companies that offer dryer vent cleaning.
Keeping lint and residue out of your dryer vent will keep your home safe and will allow your dryer to do a more efficient job. Now sit back and relax and consider hiring Custom Maid to take care of the routine cleaning of your home on a weekly or bi-weekly schedule. Call us at 499-8568 for more information.