With our lengthy rainy seasons, laundry can take a long time to dry and many Singaporean families have hence also purchased a dryer for home use. Dryers, like washing machines, do also need cleaning and maintenance, particularly as lint can build up. Here are some warnings signs to note of, that lint buildup has occurred and you would need dryer lint removal maintenance:
- Clothes take longer to dry, or it is still moist after drying
- Clothes get overheated after drying which may be damaging to the fabric
- The exterior of the dryer gets heated
- The laundry area is more humid than usual
- Burnt smell is evident in the laundry area
When such a situation occurs, it could be due to the excessive lint that is trapped inside the lint filter thus restricting the airflow which leads to overheating. There are some simple steps you can carry out for DIY cleaning for dryer lint removal maintenance as follows, or you can also contact us to engage our professional lint removal service.
Items to prepare for lint removal
Prepare a flexible brush with an extendable handle, so that it is long enough to hook and remove lint. For even better results, also use a vacuum cleaner to suck up the dust from the dryer vent.
Clean the dryer drum
It is a good habit to use white vinegar water to mist the dryer drum. Wipe it down with a cloth and leave the dryer door open to air dry.
The serious cleaning
- Remove the dryer filter (varies according to appliance brand and model), remove the layer of lint on the filer, wash it clean and leave it to dry.
- Unplug and disconnect the pipe from the dryer and brush to clean inside of the vent piping. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove visible dust around the edges of the vent.
- Once the vent is cleaned, inspect the vent opening/base of the washing machine to check if there is clogged up lint. Use a brush or vacuum cleaner to remove visible dust or lint.
A clean lint trap helps to regulate the airflow in the appliances when used. For severe cases, lint buildup may cause overheating and require dryer repair, or even resulting in a fire. Hence, for optimum life span and good functioning of your dryer, carry out regular dryer lint removal maintenance. This also helps to improve the speed of drying your clothes, shorten the running time of the appliance, and most importantly, reduce your overall electricity bill.