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Spring Cleaning: Tips for Cleaning Your Radiators

Cleaning a radiator

As winter moves into spring and the evenings get increasingly lighter, it’s a time that we all start to think about having hardcore cleaning session.

Throughout the winter, our central heating systems are operating at full capacity due to the cold external temperatures.

This often attracts dust and dirt to our radiators, so by the time spring has sprung, our rads are usually in need of a serious clean up operation.

Invest in a radiator brush

Because of the shape of many radiator designs, there are lots of nooks and crannies where dust can settle that are very difficult to reach.

This is especially the case if you have column radiators or convector radiators with double layers of convector fins.

The gaps on these rads are simply too small to reach into by hand and will het dirtier and dirtier unless you buy a tool that is specifically designed to do the job.

Fortunately there are many manufacturers who make a wide variety of long, thin brushes that are capable of squeezing into tight radiator spots.

The best radiator brushes look like an oversized pipe cleaner with bristles running right the way around the pole.

For extra practicality, many of these brushes come with a flexible stem running right the way through the brush, allowing you to bend and flex the brush in any way you please so that you can get into awkward areas.

Be sure that the bristles on your brush are not too firm, as this will help ensure that they do not scratch or damage the finish on your radiator.

Use warm soapy water

Once you’ve used a radiator brush in those hard to reach places, and perhaps used a lint-free cloth to dust off any flat surfaces, the next step is to give your rads a proper wipe down.

You might be tempted to use a general household spray to clean your radiators, however this is not the best way to keep them clean.

It’s possible that some of the ingredients with a general cleaner will be too strong for the finish on your radiator, causing scratches or even thinning the powder coat finish many radiators come with.

Instead, it’s much better to go old school and dissolve a bit of mild soap in a bowl of warm water.

The soap will get the surface of your radiators clean but won’t risk causing damage to the finish, helping you to keep your rads looking bright and clean for years to come.

Central heating maintenance

In addition to the external surfaces of your radiators, it’s also important to keep your general heating system clean and maintained.

Dirt can also build up within your radiators and pipework in the form of radiator sludge, so it’s important the levels of chemical inhibitor are topped up at least once per year.

Get a Gas Safe Registered plumber around every 12 months to ensure your boiler and heat pump are fully functional and to check your inhibitor levels.

This will help ensure you radiators are efficiently blasting out heat when you most need them to be during the coldest months.

Look after your radiators and they’ll look after you!

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