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Having a dryer at home can make your life easier. However, you need to maintain it to keep it safe and functional. Learn basic dryer maintenance tips through this post by Daniel's DKI in Palm Springs.  

Let's say you just washed a big load of laundry, but the day is overcast and it could rain. Or, that you don't have enough space in your patio to hang clothes to dry. Or, that you washed your bedding and you need it to be fully dry come nighttime. In all of these scenarios, having a dryer can be a complete lifesaver, since you can have your clothes and more clean and dry, without worrying about the weather, space, time, and other factors. Still, if you want to continue having a safe and functional dryer for longer, you will need to provide regular maintenance to it. If you don't, your dryer will be rendered useless in no-time, or worse, it could cause a fire in your home. That's why you should read and follow the tips in the post below. They are a basic guideline that will help you keep your dryer in mint condition and safe for years to come.

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How to Clean Your Clothes Dryer Properly

Read Your Owner's Manual Thoroughly

As mentioned above, this post is only meant to be a quick, general guide on how you need to maintain your dryer. However, your dryer is a complex machine, so it's imperative that you read your owner's manual thoroughly, so you can learn any specific requirements it has.  

Be Diligent With the Maintenance

Something very important to keep in mind is that you need to be diligent with the dryer's maintenance. There are things in this list that you will need to perform every couple of months, while there are others that you need to do daily to keep lint from becoming an issue.

Prep for the Maintenance Job

Now that you know what to do, you need to start preparing for the maintenance job. First of all, you need to unplug the dryer and carefully move it away from the wall so you can work on it. Then, you will need to gather the necessary equipment (soap, water, a vacuum, wipes, etc.).

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Remove the Trapped Lint

This is something that you should do after each time you use the dryer: remove the trapped lint in the lint trap. If you don't, that lint will gather and it could cause a fire. Every couple of months, it's recommended that you wash the removable lint trap with soap and water to fully eliminate any lint residue on it.  

Vacuum the Lint Trap

For this next step, you will need your vacuum and the adequate attachments. Basically, you need to vacuum all of the lint that's inside the lint trap in the dryer, so you can reach the lint that's further down.

Work on Cleaning the Vent Pipe

The vent pipe is the pipe that connects from your dryer to the wall, and it needs to be cleaned properly, too. To do that effectively, you need to detach it. Then, using a very thin nozzle, you'll be able to vacuum its insides.

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Clean the Dryer Inside Out

Since you're already working on your dryer's cleanliness, you should work on cleaning it inside and out. You can use wipes or some clean cloth to wipe it down and remove all of the dust and gunk on it. Likewise, clean the space around the dryer and remove flammable objects from there.

Put Everything Back

You're basically done with the cleaning job. All you need to do now is put everything back where it belongs (the lint trap, the vent pipe, the whole dryer). Make sure to do it correctly, so you can use your dryer without any problem.

Have a Professional Inspect It Regularly

Lastly, you should make it a point to have a professional inspect your dryer regularly (once a year or as needed). This, so they can provide the maintenance it requires to continue working perfectly for longer.

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