When you turn on the heat, do you smell hot dust? It means that it is time to clean your radiators! However, if you have top grills, you may be wondering how to best tackle this dusting job.
Failure to clean your radiator reduces its effectiveness in heating your home and may even reduce its lifespan. However, cleaning it properly will ensure that your home remains comfortable and free of strange burning odours.
A clean radiator may save you money on your heating bills because you may not need it on the highest setting all of the time.
A dusty radiator is inefficient because the buildup can prevent heat from being transferred effectively between the internal fins. Thankfully, this radiator cleaning on any radiator with a top grill is very simple and can be completed in a few simple steps with only a few tools.
How to Clean a Radiator with Top Grills?
We’ve compiled a list of helpful hints for cleaning radiators with a top grill. Let’s start with some of the supplies you might need to complete this task:
- Handheld vacuum
- Feather duster
- Dust cloth/towel
- Sturdy stick
- Elastic bands
- Radiator brush
First and Foremost, Turn off the Heat
You don’t want to be cleaning a radiator while it’s hot, so turn the temperature valve to the lowest setting and turn off the heating before you begin.
Allow the radiator to cool completely before touching it or beginning the cleaning process to ensure your safety.
Take Out the Grill
Because the side panels on most radiators hold the top grill in place, unclipping the side panels is the first step in removing top grills. Follow this straightforward procedure:
- Hold the side panel at the top and bottom and apply a little upward force to lift off the sides.
- If your radiator has only one side panel, see if you need to unclip the grill.
- With both hands, lift the unsupported grill.
Make Use of a Vacuum Cleaner and a Feather Duster
Once the grate has been removed from the top of your radiator, grab your feather duster and clean away any fluff you see on top of or inside the fins.
Because feather dusters frequently leave a lot of loose dust flying around, a handheld vacuum would be an excellent addition to this cleaning tool.
Make Use of a Radiator Brush
These long microfibre brushes are ideal for removing dust from deep inside a radiator and have been designed specifically for cleaning the difficult-to-reach parts of radiators.
Because of their length and dust-catching bristles, these are perhaps the most practical way to clean inside and down the back of a radiator, so it is well worth investing in one.
If your cleaning supplies budget is limited, you can hack your way to a clean radiator.
All you need are some microfibre or plain dusting cloths (or even old cotton socks) and a stick that fits inside or down the back of your radiator and is strong enough to resist breaking as you push it through the radiator fins! You’re done with elastic bands to keep the clothes in place around the stick.
Only use clean, soft cloths for this task because you don’t want to smear anything inside your radiator or scratch it, and use extreme caution when using a stick that may not bend or give.
Push this cloth-covered stick back and forth through the fins to remove any trapped dust. If you don’t change the cloth or remove the dust from it as you work, you’ll just be depositing it into a different fin… which isn’t ideal. As with our first method, having your vacuum cleaner nearby is a good idea.
Remove the Dust
This method may not be the most practical, but it will help remove loose clumps of fluff and dust from your radiator – blow the dust out of your radiator with your hairdryer.
Blow the dust out of the bottom of the radiator fins by angling your hairdryer downward into the top of the radiator. Of course, this only works if your radiator is open at the bottom; otherwise, you’ll end up with even more difficult-to-reach dust.
TIP: If your hair dryer has a cool setting, use it to keep it from overheating or fusing.
A minute or two of back-and-forth blowing air along the top of your radiator will help remove dust and fluff from inside, leaving you with just a little vacuuming of the floor below.
The good thing about a hairdryer is that you can use it to help reduce dust buildup, which means a deep clean may not be necessary. This is a great tip for anyone with fluffy pets in their home!
Clean the Grill and the Outside
Before applying water, use a feather duster or cloth to clean the front of your radiator; nothing is worse than wet dust that gets stuck on and moves around.
Once the front is dust-free, clean the outside of your radiator with a soft cloth or sponge and a small amount of mildly soapy water. Avoid getting moisture on the radiator inside by not using a dripping wet sponge.
Wipe the outside of your radiator with the damp sponge, using elbow grease for any sticky spots. While the side panels and grill are separated from the radiator, clean them thoroughly and allow them to dry completely before replacing them.
Change the Grill and Panels
When you’re satisfied with your newly dust-free radiator, replace the grill and the sides, ensuring each panel is in its original position. Before turning on the heat, double-check that everything that needs to be clipped or clicked into place is secure.
If the side panels do not come off, you should consult a tradesperson to determine whether you can dismantle your radiator for cleaning.
Why is it Essential to Keep your Radiator Clean?
Aside from looking better than a dirty one, keeping your radiator clean and free of dust and dirt can help you save money on your heating bills.
Dust between the fins of a convector radiator can prevent heat from escaping, causing your radiators to work harder to heat your room.
It is therefore critical to take the necessary precautions, such as thoroughly cleaning your radiators at least once a year and keeping on top of any dust that accumulates. Incorporating it into your daily or weekly cleaning routine is a good idea.
You won’t become a millionaire overnight, but a few minutes here and there can add up to significant savings on your home heating costs over the life of your system.
Why does my Radiator Continue to be Dusty?
The air is constantly polluted with dust. Even as you are reading this, it’s everywhere, and it’s probably not just dust – there’ll be pet hair (if you have pets), nicotine residue (if you smoke), and all sorts of other things mixed in, so try not to think about it.
It clumps together and becomes trapped in and around your radiator due to the current of air that helps circulate warmth throughout your room.
Warm air rises while cold air falls. As the air sinks, it carries dust with it, and as it is drawn up through the radiator, the dust begins to accumulate at the back and across the fins.
You may have never noticed it before. Who goes looking into the depths of their radiator regularly? Exactly!
And if you’re one of those people who doesn’t look in-between the fins on the back of your radiator, chances are you’ll find a lot of dust when you do.
Extra Radiator Cleaning Advice
Vacuum your radiators regularly. This will protect you from allergies and ensure that your heating is always operating at peak efficiency.
Summertime is the best time of year to clean your radiators, just as when you make changes to them, such as installing new ones.
If you can’t get a cloth or a duster through the panels of your radiator, you can always use compressed air.
If you want to give your radiator a thorough cleaning and makeover, you can always take it off the wall and paint it a different colour!
Things to Keep in Mind When Cleaning a Radiator
Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, cleaning your radiators is a breeze. However, a few things to keep in mind while on the job.
It’s critical to be cautious about the materials you use to clean your radiator. Avoid using abrasive materials such as Brillo pads, which can scratch and damage the surface.
If you have stubborn stains on your radiators, leave a spray solution on for a few minutes longer than usual and then vigorously wipe them away with a cloth or a sponge.
It would help if you never attempted to remove the panels on an electric radiator for cleaning because you could damage the heating mechanism. Instead, clean around the panels to protect both yourself and the radiator’s integrity.
Nicotine readily attaches to warm objects, gradually turning the material yellow and soiled. If this is the case with your radiators, you may need to use a cleaner designed to remove that type of stain.
Sometimes, you may need to remove the radiator entirely to ensure a deep and thorough clean.
Do you Need to Contact a Professional Cleaner?
Of course, there will be times when hiring a professional cleaner is the best option.
This is likely if your radiator hasn’t been cleaned in a long time or if you’ve recently moved into a house and don’t want to clean out other people’s dust.
A professional cleaner will also be able to determine whether cleaning your radiator is even necessary or whether it is better to paint it or replace it entirely.
Dirty heaters can be hazardous to your health and will only provide reduced heating capacity, so if you don’t think you can do it yourself, hire an expert once a year to do it for you.
That way, you can be assured of a ‘proper’ job that will rid your radiator of allergens and restore it to its former glory in no time.
Until next time…
What are Window Niches Used for?
Window niches for radiators were once commonplace in most homes, allowing for the installation of very deep radiators. This solution is inefficient because it obstructs convection or the circulation of warm air. The wall niche also reduces the insulation effect of the wall. A second heat shield on the radiator can be beneficial. Should The Radiator Only Be Halfway Warm?
Don’t be concerned if the required room temperature is reached. The thermostat regulates the water supply so that this radiator aspect occurs even when only a small amount of water is present. A solution is provided by using an x2-technology radiator with the front panel flowing through first. During the part-load operation, the front panel becomes uniformly warm, and the rear panel acts as a shield against the cold external wall (90 percent of the heating period).
Please get in touch with your heating engineer for more information.
What Exactly is Hydraulic Balancing?
To ensure that the heating system runs smoothly, we must adjust the hot water flow rate to the heat demand of each radiator. Kermi valve radiators are factory preset to the radiator’s standard heat output, reducing energy costs while providing optimal heating comfort.
What does a Radiation Shield do?
A shield should reduce heat radiation to the facade. Material is only a minor consideration.
An additional air shaft must be created between the radiator and the facade so that the radiator heat can enter the room without being obstructed.
As with any radiator cleaning procedure, the radiator should be turned off first as a safety precaution.
Then, to remove dust and dirt from a radiator with a top grill, such as a convector radiator model, make a cleaning device out of a thin stick or plank with a cloth or towel attached to one end.
The item will allow you to reach into narrow or awkward gaps and crevasses, clearing the radiator of debris and muck that could lead to blockages and poor heat delivery.
So this is how you can clean a radiator with a top grill.