Have You Ever Asked Yourself "Why Clothes Takes So Long To Dry?"
The answer to this is usually very simple, your dryer vent system is plugged to a certain degree.
You wouldn’t believe just how much lint gets past your lint trap, I can hear you now saying “what do you mean?”
Lint traps only stop a portion of the lint produced when drying your laundry, yes it’s a large portion, and very important that you clean your lint trap after each load, but yes some get’s past the lint trap and get’s clogged in the dryer it’s self or in the dryer ducting.
Clean The Lint Trap
The lint trap plays a vital role in the performance of your dryer. If you neglect to clean the trap after every load of laundry you are going to see a massive drop in performance and likely have to use the drying cycle multiple times to get the same drying results you used to get after one drying cycle.
This is not only time-consuming but costly. Most dryers use 220-volt electricity and consume lots of wallet-emptying cash. Cleaning the lint trap is the first step in keeping that cash in your wallet and not the utility companies.
Tools For Cleaning Below The Lint Trap
The standard long-reach pipe cleaner brush. These work pretty well at collecting the lint but be careful not to push the lint further into the dryer.
The Vaccuflex is a great all-around attachment that can be used for pulling lint out of the dryer using the power of your shop vac. It has multiple attachments and can be used for all sorts of household chores that require a vacuum from plumbing to cleaning the car this is a great attachment. Click here to purchase the Vaccuflex.
This tool was designed just for this purpose. If all you need is a tool to attach to your vacuum for cleaning out lint then this is a great purchase. It’s called the lint Lizard and can be found on Amazon HERE.
Video On Cleaning Below The Lint Trap - Answering The Question "Why Clothes Takes So Long To Dry"
As you can see in the video from the “Doing Things Dan’s Way” channel on Youtube, Dan collected four cups of lint from below the lint trap! That amount of lint not only hampers the performance of your dryer but is also a fire hazard.
Steps To Cleaning Your Lint Trap
- Unplug Your Dryer
- Remove Your Lint Trap
- Choose An Attachment For Your Vacuum That Reaches Deep Into the Dryer
- Vacuum Any Debris & Lint Visible At The Top Of The Lint Trap
- Use Microfiber Cloth To Remove Any Lint Stuck To The Sides
- Attach The Crevus Tool To Reach The Deeper Areas
- Wash The Filter With Dawn Power Wash & Water
- Let It Completely Dry Before Re-installing
- Remove The Dryer Heat Cover On The Inside Of The Dryer Drum If Possible And Vacuum Behind
- Screw Heat Cover Back On Tightly
- Check The Door Of The Dryer And Vacuum Any Lint
- Clean The Remaining Area Of The Door With A Damp Microfibre Cloth
- If YOur Dryer Has A Lint Trap That Is On The Top Take The same Steps To Remove And Vacuum As Deep As You Can
- Follow Up The Vacuuming With A Damp Microfibre Cloth Cleaning
- Use Dawn Power Wash And Water To Clean The Lint Trap In The Sink
- Let It Completely Dry and Reinstall
- Clean On Top On The Dryer To Remove Any Loose Lint And Debris
- Failure To Remove Lint And Dust From Your Dryer Is The Leading Cause Of Dryer Fires.
- Keeping Your Dryer Properly Maintained Is Not only Necessary For Dryer Safety But Will Also Save You Money With Shorter Dry Times And Less Damage To Your Clothing
Following these simple steps will have your dryer working at peak performance and keep you from asking the question “Why Clothes Takes So Long To Dry”
Cleaning your lint trap after every load is the first step, cleaning below the lint trap is something you should do on a monthly basis, and having a professional clean the dryer venting system is something you should have done once per year.