Can I Use a Wet/Dry Vacuum Cleaner to Clean My Dryer Vent?

Cleaning the dryer vent is a simple task that can be done with a household or workshop vacuum. If the dryer's ventilation system is no more than a few feet long, you can use the vacuum with suction accessories to get the job done. Start by using a hose attachment and turning on the vacuum. Vacuum all the way through the vent inlet and insert it into the dryer's exhaust duct.

Collect any lint around the vent opening and then slide the workshop vacuum hose through the dry exhaust vent to collect as much debris as possible. It is recommended to clean the dryer vent once or twice a year, depending on how often it is used. After cleaning the outside of the dryer vent, you should also sweep or vacuum any hair, lint, and other debris that has fallen through the ventilation grille of the dryer inside. To ensure that the ventilation is completely clean, use a workshop vacuum and a dryer grille cleaning kit.

Once you've finished cleaning, reconnect the dryer to the dryer's vent. If it is not possible to use a workshop vacuum, take great care to ensure that the dryer vents are always clean and free of residue. Turn the brush manually or connect it to a drill to quickly and efficiently clean the inside of the dryer vent. In some cases, the dryer vent is too long for the vacuum hose to reach the other end, so you can buy a dryer duct cleaning kit with a flexible ventilation cleaning brush and several extensions.

If applicable, place the brush in a drill and use the rotation of the drill to clean the inside of the ventilation grille. Unplug the dryer and close the gas supply valve, if applicable, then slide the dryer out approximately one to two feet from the wall so that you can access the interior vent end. It is important to clean your dryer at least once a year, especially if you have pets that shed or if your family uses your electric or gas dryer frequently. If done correctly, your dryer should operate normally, venting hot air to the outside without problems.

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