It is important to clean dust from inside radiators. Here are our tips for keeping your radiator looking new!
Why Clean Dust from Inside Radiators ?
There are several good reasons to clean your radiators properly:
➔ The hygienic aspect
A radiator fills with dust when it is never cleaned. This is not only unsightly, it can also be harmful to your health, especially for small children.
This is because when the heater is turned on, it causes hot air to rise. This hot air will carry with it the micro-particles of dust and make them fly all over your house. If you are allergic to dust, you're in for a crisis!
Moreover, dust mites in dust proliferate in a warm and humid atmosphere. Radiators are perfect representatives of this!
Dust on a radiator gives off an unpleasant odor. The dust on the heating part is carbonized when they are turned on and spreads this annoying smell. Just turn them off and clean them!
➔ Decreased efficiency of the radiator
Uncleaned radiators are less efficient. The upward movement of warm air created by heating in a home draws dust onto your radiators. This is called convection current. The dust that accumulates on your radiators, whether they are electric or hot water systems, prevents the proper circulation of heat in the room. It reduces the efficiency of your heating system. This results in excess energy consumption and heat loss.
Having to operate at full capacity puts a lot of strain on your appliances and causes them to deteriorate prematurely. In addition, having to use more energy to obtain the same heat output will increase your electricity bill.
How to Clean Dust from Inside Radiators ?
1. Turn off the heater
Before you start cleaning your radiators, it's important to turn them off. Not only is this safer, but it also prevents them from sucking up more dust while you're cleaning.
2. Start with a vacuum cleaner
Before using a radiator brush, you can use a vacuum cleaner to clean the inside, around and underneath the radiator. This will capture the dust, instead of sending it back into the air.
Remove as much dust as possible from in and around the radiator, and if your vacuum cleaner is equipped with one, use the small attachments to get inside the fins.
3. Use a radiator brush
To reach hard-to-reach areas with dust and dirt, use a radiator brush specially designed for this purpose.
We recommend a 100% goat hair brush. This hair allows to capture the dust without depositing it again.
Goat hair has the ability to bend completely and then return to its original position. Moreover, it has a great electrostatic power.
4. Wipe with soap and water
Fill a bucket with warm soapy water and, using a sponge, wipe down the outside of the radiator. Make sure there is plenty of soapy suds on the sponge and wring it out minimally so that it is damp but not dripping.
Dry your radiator thoroughly with a microfiber cloth to prevent the metal from rusting.
5. Do a final check
After cleaning the radiator, check the heating parts and surrounding areas to see if any dust has fallen off the radiator.
It may be necessary to wipe them down. The heat can sometimes cause dirt and dust to stick to the wall. Scrub the marks with a soapy sponge, taking care not to damage the paint.
Andrée Jardin radiator brushes
We offer tree models with grey goat hair with a waxed beech wood handle:
- 70 cm, medium flexible
- 85 cm medium flexible
- 115 cm, very flexible, which makes it easy to bend to reach the most difficult corners.