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How To Prevent a Clothes Dryer Fire

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

using a bristle brush to clean the lint trap on a clothes dryer. Clean your lint with a flexible dryer lint brush

Cleaning your clothes dryer often can prevent a lint fire at your home in Tenino, WA. The potential for a dryer fire decreases if you follow these steps.

Gather The Appropriate tools and Supplies

Among the tools and supplies you will need to clean your clothes dryer, include:

  • A vacuum with a long hose
  • A flexible dryer lint brush
  • A power drill
  • A microfiber cloth
  • White vinegar and soap
  • Water

You can also invest in a dryer cleaning kit that comes with everything you need or schedule a maintenance visit with an appliance cleaning service.

Clean Your Dryer's Lint Screen
Always peel off the dust film on your dryer's removable lint screen between loads. You can also wash the screen with soap and water to remove trapped dust. Remember also to check the lint screen compartment. Dust particles can cling to the sides or deep within this narrow chamber, but a vacuum can help you remove them and prevent them from overheating and causing a lint fire.

Clean The Drum
Wipe down your dryer's drum with a solution of white vinegar and water to sanitize it and remove particles that cling to it. Pay careful attention to the vent through which hot air leaves the drum. It can become clogged, causing the drum to overheat, increasing the risk for a dryer fire.

Clean The Exhaust Hose
The exhaust hose carries hot, moist air out of the dryer's drum through a vent and deposits it outside your home. Lint can accumulate in the vent's openings or clog the hose, where it remains in prolonged contact with hot air before igniting to cause a fire. Unscrewing the dryer's back panel will allow you to access and clean the vent and reach deep into the exhaust hose with a vacuum attachment to remove excess lint and let the hot air escape.
A professional fire restoration service can handle the cleanup and recovery if a lint fire damages your home in Tenino, WA.

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