Radiators are a hotspot for dust and debris, large amounts of which tend to gather between the bars and the space between the wall. Not only can these unpleasant particles irritate those with allergies, but they can also make your radiator less efficient. According to a heating expert, cleaning your radiators more often “could lead to a big saving” on your heating bill. Here’s how to do it.
John Lawless, a plumbing expert at bestheating.com said: “As well as looking better than a dirty one, keeping your radiator clean and free from dust and dirt can help keep your heating costs down.
“Dust in between the fins of a convector radiator can prevent heat from escaping, which will mean your radiators have to work harder to warm your room.”
Using a long-handled duster is the obvious way to remove dust from behind the appliance, but it usually just disperses the particles rather than cleaning them up.
Instead, bestheating recommended using a vacuum, damp sponge and some DIY reinforcements to get to those hard-to-reach places.
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For radiator panels that are too tight to push a cleaning attachment through, use a hairdryer on a cold setting instead.
The blast of air should dislodge the leftover dust down and out from your radiator, though you will need to vacuum the surrounding area afterwards.
Once the inside of your radiator is clean, wiping down the exterior won’t go amiss.
All you need is a bowl or bucket filled with warm water and a drop of mild dish soap.
Soak a cloth in the cleansing liquid and squeeze out the excess.
Wipe down the exterior of your radiator, taking care not to splash too many drips on the floor or carpet.
Wipe dry with a clean towel to prevent rust and reveal a dust-free surface.
John added: “Sometimes the heat can cause dirt and dust to stick to the wall above a radiator.
“Using the same soapy water, just give the marks a quick rub, being careful not to damage any paintwork or wallpapering.”