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How To Clean A Tumble Dryer

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Tumble dryers have a special place in the kitchen, especially for us in the UK and countries with cold weather, which makes it hard to dry clothes naturally.

These appliances provide us with an easy and convenient way of drying clothes, which is much faster than traditional methods. Because of this it is even more important that our trusty tumble dryers are well cared for and maintained on a regular basis.

Does my tumble dryer needs cleaning?

You should check your tumble dryer on a regular basis to ensure that there is no excess dirt or blockages in the device, as this can cause overheating and is a fire-hazard.

A dirty tumble dryer is also the last thing you want to put your freshly cleaned clothes into!

How do I clean a tumble dryer lint filter?

The purpose of a lint filter is to collect any excess fluff from your clothes when it enters the draining cycle. Therefore, this can easily become clogged with fabric and dust. It is strongly advised that you clean this lint filter before and after every cycle, to meet fire and safety standards.

  • Before cleaning the lint filter, ensure that your tumble dryer has fully cooled down.
  • On some tumble dryer models, it is possible to clean your filters before putting them back into the appliance.
  • Check the manual to ensure your model supports this method.
  • Put the filter into a sink with hot water and washing up liquid.
  • Before putting the lint filter back in your appliance, manually inspect it to ensure there is no lingering lint left.
  • If you notice any damage or tears in the filter be sure to replace it, as this can allow lint to pass through the tear and clog up your tumble dryer.

How do I clean the inside of my tumble dryer?

It is important to regularly remove any build-up of dirt or any other contaminants which could be lurking inside your tumble dryer.

  • Ensure that your appliance has fully cooled down and is switched off and unplugged.
  • Pull your tumble dryer forwards if it is up against a wall.
  • Remove the screws in the back panel and put them aside.
  • Remove the back panel (in most models you lift the panel off).
  • Clean the inside blower area by using a vacuum cleaner.
  • Make sure to vacuum around the vent pipe connections if you see any excessive build-up of dust there.
  • Once that’s been done you can refit the back panel and re-insert and tighten the screws.
  • Put your tumble dryer back in its place, plug it in and switch it on. It’s now on hand and ready for its next task!

How do I clean my tumble dryer hose?

  • Disconnect your hose by removing the vent tubing from the back of the tumble dryer.
  • If there is only a small amount of lint on the tube walls you can simply pull this off.
  • If there is quite a build-up it may be better to use the vacuum cleaner, or to simply replace the tube.

Following this short guide will go a long way to ensure that your tumble dryer is kept in good health. However, sometimes even the most unforeseen things can happen. If you find that your tumble dryer is no longer working how it should be, this may require a tumble dryer repair service from a professional to get it back up and running

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