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How Do I Know That A Radiator Needs Cleaning?

You are well aware that bathrooms are warm and moist environments. This results in more soap scum, mildew, and watermarks being left on your stainless steel fixtures with a chrome finish.  Despite its beauty, your bathroom radiator may not be so gleaming anymore.

Fortunately, the stains are easy to remove, and the original shine can be reclaimed. Moreover, you probably already have most of the cleaning products required in your cupboard! Every radiator needs cleansing after a few months, whether they’re black vertical column radiators or others. No matter what.

Keep In Mind The Following Things To Know The Radiator Cleaning Time:

It is important to keep in mind that the main point here is one of efficiency. It is very important to keep both the inside and the outside of your radiator in good condition to maximize the heat output of your system. By doing this, you’ll get the most out of your investment and keep your radiator while saving energy at the same time.

Rust

The water and oxygen in many radiators, especially those made of aluminum, are highly reactive. It may result in them losing their sheen and succumbing to oxidation over time. Corrosion causes the metal to rust, which makes it brittle and susceptible to damage. 

Keep your radiator clean to prevent rust, especially if you live near the sea or in an area with a lot of salt in the air.

Piping Blockages

The facade of your radiator doesn’t need to be kept in pristine condition. The buildup of gunge and limescale in your water pipes can result in blockages and other issues with your central heating system.

Dust

Horizontal radiators often have convector fins inside. Between the ridges, heat transfers and radiates into the room. If they become dusty, less heat will transfer between them. This could lead to blockages between your radiator panels and increased energy inefficiency.

How To Clean Your Radiator?

How do you clean your radiator? Even though you might think that radiators require special equipment and expensive shopping trips, the opposite is true. If you have a few DIY materials and items already in your home, you can clean your radiator till it’s like new.

You will need:

  • Radiator brush or duster
  • Four Microfibre cloths
  • Old toothbrush 
  • Soap/white vinegar/lemon

Vacuum Cleaner

Using a vacuum cleaner, you can get rid of dirt in and around your radiator. Dust can accumulate quickly, especially around heating units, because of the convection.

Duster

 Some vacuum cleaners aren’t flexible enough to reach those nooks and crannies, so there may still be untouched areas. The duster’s job is to remove dust from those areas unreachable by a vacuum cleaner. The flexible plastic sticks of most dusters allow them to get into those hard-to-reach places.

A Yardstick

Especially if your designer radiator is very tall, you may not be able to reach certain areas with a duster. To reach those areas, you can use a yardstick. Tape a rag to the end of the stick to create a larger duster so you can reach higher places. There are plenty of long tools in the everyday home that you can use for the job if you don’t have a meter ruler or yardstick.

Hairdryer Can Help

You can use a hairdryer to help dust away any extra dust. Even a vacuum cleaner or duster can’t reach every corner, so a hairdryer can help finish off that dusty radiator.

Things To Remember While Cleaning:

Here are a few tips to help you clean your radiator effectively.

Turn Off Your Heating First

Before cleaning your radiators, you will need to turn them off. In this way, you will be able to stop the spread of dust through convection and minimize any heat damage to your skin or equipment. The radiator can get hot; it’s their job, so take precautions if it has been on especially high that day.

 Unblock Pipes

If you have blocked pipes, you may also be able to unblock them by turning off your radiator. With a central heating cleaner, you can clear any debris and clean the inside of your radiator. This will ensure that your radiator and entire central heating system can withstand damage. Burst water pipes are the worst.

 Final Words:

Keep your electric radiators clean and free of dust and dirt to help reduce your heating costs.

The dirt and dust accumulating between radiator fins hinder natural convection. Your product must work harder to heat the room, consuming more energy.

Thus, cleaning your electric radiators at least once or twice a year is important. We recommend doing so in September and during the traditional “spring clean.”

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