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When To Clean Away Dryer Lint: 3 Tips for Preventing a Fire

12/30/2018 (Permalink)

Clean the lint screen of your dryer

3 Tips for Preventing a Fire 

Having a washer and dryer at your Upper Montclair, NJ, home can make the chore of cleaning your clothes convenient and affordable. There are no quarters to save and no tedious weekly trips to the local laundromat. However, there are a few dangers that come with owning these large appliances, especially when it comes to clothes dryers. The risk of a lint fire can grow if the dryer is not cleaned properly, so it is important to perform daily, weekly and monthly maintenance to reduce this risk.

1. Daily: Clean the Lint Screen

It is helpful to get into the habit of cleaning your dryer’s lint screen after each load is complete. Pull the screen out completely and dispose of the lint into a lined, lidded trash can so it cannot blow around the room with drafts and regather in corners. Make sure the can is placed well away from any electrical outlets and heating vents. Rinse away stubborn dust and lint by placing the lint screen under running water.

2. Weekly: Vacuum the Lint Trap

Over time, clothing lint may become trapped in the area under where the lint screen sits, and this accumulation can increase the risk of fire damage if it ignites while the appliance is running. To prevent this, vacuum the lint trap weekly, either with a handheld unit or a shop-vac with an extendable hose. This step is especially important if multiple family members use the dryer during an average week.

3. Monthly: Perform a Deep Vent Cleaning

A lint fire can ignite almost anywhere inside the dryer, from the drum to the hoses. However, performing a monthly deep cleaning of all the unit’s parts can prevent a damaging dryer fire. Have a fire remediation and restoration service help you unhook your dryer and perform the deep cleaning to ensure it is completed safely.

Having a dryer in your Upper Montclair, NJ, home can increase the chances of a lint fire. Knowing when and how to clean the unit could lower this risk and keep your family and property safe.

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