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How To Clean A Radiator

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How to clean a radiator the easy way – with a neat little bonus tip for getting to the dust that’s down the back!

Cleaning your radiators using a duster and sucking up the dust with a gentle vacuum attachment should be a regular part of your weekly cleaning schedule.

But don’t worry if you’ve been putting things off because spring cleaning season is upon us and it’s a fantastic opportunity to get them cleaned up and back looking great.

Keeping radiators clean is actually beneficial to the general health of your home! Radiators can gather dust, dirt as well as allergens and circulate them around the room as it heats up.

Clean radiators work more efficiently and can help your home to smell better too!

a clean white radiator under window with blind.

How To Clean A Radiator

Step One – Turn the radiator off

  • Switch off the radiator and allow it to cool fully before you start to clean.

Step Two – How to clean inside radiator

Wondering how to clean dust from inside radiators? We’ve got you covered!

  • Grab your vacuum cleaner and using the smaller pipes and nozzles, clean all parts of the radiator. Suck as much dust and dirt from inside and behind as possible.
  • You could use a radiator brush to tackle the inside and back of the radiator to remove any dust and dirt that didn’t suck up the vacuum.

Cleaning Note! Radiator brushes are available from Amazon, supermarkets and DIY stores – they’re super slim microfibre, long, flexible brushes that you can push down the radiator to clean the parts you struggle to usually reach with a vacuum. They’re a brilliant radiator dust cleaner!

  • TOP TIP! If there’s still stubborn dust you cannot reach, now is the time to get your hairdryer out and blow the cold air down the radiators to dislodge any remaining dust!
  • Finally, vacuum the skirting board and wall around the radiator to remove any dislodged dust and dirt.

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Step Three – How To Clean A Radiator – Wipe The Radiator Down

Now the dust and dirt have been removed it’s time to tackle cleaning the radiator.

  • Run a bowl of hot soapy water and get a microfibre cloth.
  • Dampen the cloth and wipe the radiator down – be careful not to damage paintwork, so no hard scrubbing!
  • If the radiator paint has stubborn stains I recommend using an ordinary bar of hand soap – rub this onto a damp cleaning cloth and rub the stain – hand soap is also great at removing any greasy marks and build up too.
  • Finally, run a bowl of clean hot water and wipe over the radiator again to remove any soapy residue.

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Step Four – How To Make The Radiator Smell Good When Switched On

Once the radiators are clean, I run a small bowl of warm water, add a couple of drops of my favourite essential oil and just dampen the cloth and wipe over the radiators.

It’s a good idea to do a test patch when using essential oils to be sure it doesn’t cause any staining or damage the radiator surface finish.

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*Health Caution* 

When using natural essential oils it’s important to note that some natural essential oils are contraindicated  for use with certain health conditions and pregnancy. Always check before you use them and if in doubt consult a qualified aromatherapist. Always store essential oils out of reach of children and pets.

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A printable housework routine timetable split into daily, weekly and monthly chores

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