Knowing how to effectively clean radiators will help you spend less time on this household chore, at the same time it will be much easier and more useful. It is recommended to carry out this type of cleaning more thoroughly at least when the cold season begins and ends, which also usually coincides with the radiator bleeds. If you keep the radiators in good condition, you will find that they will also last longer and you will avoid the emergence of germs or bacteria that can make you sick. We show you how to clean radiators step by step.
What do you need to clean radiators
The best thing about cleaning radiators is that you don’t need specific or complicated products to find or use, you can choose to choose items that you can use for the hygiene of other spaces in your home. We generally use these utensils: Vacuum cleaner
- A cloth or dusting cloth
- Sponge and cloth
- Bucket of soapy water
- Absorbent paper, newspaper or absorbent rags
Completely optional, I think it’s important that you know they exist specific cleaning brushes for radiators and that you can find in department stores or online stores. These are tapered brushes which can be ideal for those with hard-to-clean radiators, as they adapt very well to any surface and easily trap dust.
How to clean radiators step by step
The first and most important step is turn off the radiator (if it is electric). It is essential that every time you clean an electrical appliance it is turned off so that you cannot injure yourself or damage the house or the heater itself. In the case of a water radiator, it suffices to ensure that it’s completely cold so as not to hurt or burn you.
Cover the ground under and to the sides of the radiator with newspaper, magazines, or whatever paper towels you have. If you don’t have any of these options and you have enough rags, you can use them as well. This step is not essential but it is strongly recommended to be able to clean without filling everything with water and soap.
Consider the possibility of also cover the walls that are there if you think you can stain them. Cleaning a radiator is not an impossible task or will turn the house upside down, so if you are patient and clean thoroughly, this step is not necessary.
Once you’re ready to comfortably and worry-free cleaning, touch clean the radiator. To really clean it, conscientiously, you have to clean the radiator from every nook and cranny. I know there are some radiators that are more comfortable than others to clean, that some are more accessible, but whatever it is, you have to do it.
- The first begins remove all dust of the radiator surface. You can do this with a feather duster, dust trap, or whatever system you use for the rest of the house. If you have a vacuum cleaner with a small nozzle, suitable for corners, so much the better (for me the vacuum cleaner is the best invention for removing dust).
- Clean the inside of the radiator using a long, thin rod. The idea is for the rod to become your extendable arm, so that you can pull it out and clean the inside without having to put your arm in completely. Well, use the duct tape to attach the stick to the dry cloth and keep it from moving. Then you just need to insert it between the slots, slide it from side to side to clean it well inside and dust falls or adheres.
- Dampen a cloth With soap and water, a neutral soap or soap that you use for cleaning will be excellent. Now change the dry rag from the previous step for that wet rag, secure it with the stick tape and repeat the previous process. Clean the entire radiator inside.
- Wash and clarifies the rag until you see that it has lost all the soap. Now is the time to put it back in the radiator so that the soap inside is gone. In other words, you rinse the radiator and remove all the soap.
- If you see that the cloth has become very damp after this step, it would be advisable to change it to a dry and repeat the process until the radiator is dry inside. If you find that it hasn’t been very humid, you can let the interior dry at room temperature.
- Clean the radiator corners with a brush or damp cloth, also taking the opportunity to clean the conduits radiator exteriors.
It depends on which heater you have in your home, we will finish cleaning it or not. If you have a wall heater at the end, you have to perform the same technique of the cloth with the rod so that it is quite clean, soapy, rinsed and dry. Of course, note that the corners are very clean.
Have you removed all the dust? In the event that this is not the case, it is important that you keep in mind that you have even more options available to achieve this. One of them is the steam use so that even the most stubborn dirt comes out. You just need to turn on the machine and apply the steam directly to the areas of the radiator that you need so that you can clean more thoroughly, you will see how even the dirt that has hardened over time will fall off.
How to bleed the radiators
If you are tired of having to bleed the radiators annually, know that there is a small device, very similar to the pressure cooker and it does exactly the same thing, automatically expels air when there is a strong condensation of it. This ensures that the radiator is working properly, delivering heat evenly over its entire surface.
If you don’t have it, I’ll leave you one video Very short where they perfectly show you how to bleed radiators at home: