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Properly Cleaning Dryer Lint

3/22/2023 (Permalink)

According to the United States Fire Administration, there are at least 2,900 clothes dry fires reported each year, and most of them could have been prevented. To keep your home safe, clean your vent regularly. Here are three steps to follow to avoid needing to call SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County.

  • Clean the Screen – The first step is to clean the dryer lint screen every time you use your dryer. There are three wats to remove lint from the screen: run fingers gently across the screen, wipe a used dryer sheet across the screen or use a vacuum brush attachment. If you use the dryer sheet, we also recommend washing your screen with water every month to remove any residue.
  • – Not only should you clean the screen, but it is necessary to deep-clean the vents at least once a year. Lint can accumulate and get trapped inside the vent. This leads to longer drying time and the possibility of combustion. Cleaning the vent isn’t hard. 
    • Unplug the dryer’s power supply.
    • Locate the vent and disconnect it from the back of the dryer.
    • Use a vacuum and it’s hoses to clean inside the dryer vent.
    • On the outside of the house, remove the exterior vent cover and vacuum inside the vent. Replace the Exterior Vent.
    • Reconnect the vent to the back of the dryer and plug the power supply back in. 
    • Cleaning the exterior and the interior of your dryer can prevent fires. Remove the back panel of your dryer (When you have it unplugged) and gently wipe surfaces with a soft cloth. Check inside the well to remove any lint in the drum. Should you need help cleaning your dryer vent, just give SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County a call at 817-297-8588. We will make it look “Like it Never Even Happened.”

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