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How to Remove Lint From a Dryer Exhaust to Prevent a Fire

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Hand cleaning accumulated clothing lint from trap in clothes dryer. Clean your lint trap after every use

Three Types Of Lint Cleaning

If you’ve noticed that your dryer is taking longer to dry your clothes, the first thing you should look at is the lint filter. If you’ve never cleaned it, that’s bad, but even if you have, you still need to perform a deeper clean occasionally. A number of homes in Fort Myers, FL, have experienced a lint fire, yet preventing them is wonderfully easy. There are three general types of lint cleaning:

  • A basic cleaning performed before every use.
  • A vacuum clean, done after a few loads.
  • Rinsing the filter, done every few months.


The Basic Clean

Hopefully, you’ve been doing this every time you use the dryer. Locate the screen, which is typically either always visible from the front of the unit or visible immediately after opening the door. Gently pull it out; if you have to use a lot of force, something’s wrong. Make sure not to bend the screen. Simply remove the visible lint from the screen and replace it – and you’re done! This is the most effective method to prevent a lint fire.

The Vacuum Trick

Some lint gets through the screen, and fibers also tend to stick to it that aren’t easy to remove by hand. Pull out the screen and vacuum it. Vacuum in the area where the screen goes as far as the hose will reach to help prevent a dryer fire.

Rinsing the Filter

Eventually, residue, both visible and invisible, builds up on the screen, reducing air flow and dryer performance. No problem! Remove the screen and rinse it under warm water. You can use soap if necessary. This is especially important if you use dryer sheets.

If you have a dryer fire in Fort Myers, FL, you’ll probably need an experienced fire damage cleanup company to deal with the aftermath. Almost 3,000 dryer fires are reported every year, so it’s a much more common problem than most people realize. But if you keep the filter clean, you can avoid a lint fire and all the attendant fire damage.

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