Written by Rowan

How do I clean my dryer?

Cleaning your dryer isn't fun, but it's necessary. A dirty and clogged dryer performs less well, uses more energy, and most importantly, can pose a fire hazard! A dirty dryer can also give your laundry a smell. In this article, I will explain how to best approach cleaning in a number of simple steps.

In short

  • Requirements: warm water with soap, a cleaning cloth, a vacuum cleaner, and running water from a shower head.
  • Explanation suitable for: condensation dryers and heat pump dryers.
  • Number of minutes in progress: 15 to 30 minutes.
  • What to keep in mind: what type of dryer you have. There is a difference in cleaning a condenser dryer and a heat pump dryer.

Step 1: clean the lint trap

Lint trap

The lint trap largely captures the dust that is released during drying. The lint trap is often located in the door or doorway, but this differs per brand and/or model. In the manual of your tumble dryer you can read exactly where the lint trap is.

You always have to clean the lint trap after every drying. Remove the lint trap from the tumble dryer and remove the large dust particles. Use a vacuum cleaner once a month to completely clean the lint trap and the room where you place the lint trap.

Step 2: rinse the condenser

Condenser

Condenser dryer

You remove the condenser from a condenser dryer for cleaning. The condenser is normally located at the bottom left of your dryer, behind a valve. It is attached with 1 or 2 closures. Open it and remove the condenser from the tumble dryer. Are you stuck? Then consult the manual.

Rinse the condenser with a shower head. Then pass a damp cloth through the room where the condenser is and place it back.

Condenser

Heat pump dryer

The condenser of a heat pump dryer cannot be removed. Sometimes it is self-cleaning and there is no way to get to the condenser. It often also says "self-cleaning". You then no longer have to do anything yourself.

In other cases there is a filter behind a valve. You can clean this, but always first consult the manual of your tumble dryer. Clean the condenser grille with the brush of your vacuum cleaner.

Step 3: clean the drum

When cleaning the dryer, make sure to also clean the drum itself. The sensor many dryers have will stay clean, which means that the program can adjust to the amount of laundry better. Look in the manual of your dryer to see where it is located exactly so you can clean the sensor properly. This way, you ensure that the dryer works properly. For cleaning, use a warm water with soap and a damp cloth.

Step 4: clean the outside

The last step in cleaning is of course the exterior of the dryer itself. Clean the exterior with a hot water and soap and a cleaning cloth. The hot water helps remove dirt and soap residue.

Done!

It's done, the dryer is clean and in mint condition. When you repeat the abovementioned actions every 2 to 3 months, you ensure that your dryer remains in mint condition and you can enjoy it for longer.


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