When you empty the lint trap in your dryer after each load, you are helping with the air flow and lessening the danger of potential fires. But, according to Syracuse area cleaner ABC Oriental Rug, you should actually thoroughly WASH the lint filter every 6 months or so, you will not only further improve the performance of your dryer but you will also increase its lifespan
HOW THE DRYER WORKS
In a dryer, fresh air is pulled in and heated in order to evaporate the moisture in your clothes. All that warm air and moisture pass through your lint filter along with everything that was picked up during the tumbling motion. The air is then sent outside and another cycle of fresh air is brought in.
PURPOSE FOR EMPTYING THE LINT FILTER BETWEEN USES
The purpose of cleaning the lint filter between uses is to avoid restricting the flow of the moist, warm air which will prevent the dryer from working efficiently and may even eventually (if the buildup is severe) cause a fire.
BEWARE OF DRYER SHEETS
Those of you who use dryer sheet with each load of wet clothes should be aware that these sheets are treated with a silicone-based film that can also build up on the lint filter causing the dryer to work less efficiently. To prove this, take your lint filter to the sink and run some warm water over it. If there is just a small amount of water passing through the screen or if the water is pooling on top, the film is there.
PROCEDURE TO WASH THE LINT FILTER:
1. Remove the lint filter.
2. Wash the screen with warm soapy water and you may also need a soft old toothbrush to gently scrub the screen.
3. Hand dry the screen but leave it out of the dryer until it is completely dry.
4. Reinstall the filter into the dryer.
The above procedure should be performed at least once every 6 months.
Don't forget to have your dryer vents checked and cleaned once every year as well!
At ABC, we specialize in the cleaning and repair of area rugs. ABC is a reputable Syracuse area cleaner, concerned about all your cleaning needs and offering pick up and delivery services for your rugs. If you have any question, please call our office at (607) 272-1566 or contact us here. If you would like us to contact you, please fill out the form below.