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How to Clean a Heating System Radiator

Updated March 23, 2017

Radiators are sources of heat for your home. On a regular basis, you should clean radiators since they tend to attract a lot of dust and dirt. Cleaning the radiators takes some time and tends to be a messy job. The task is best when you do it during the spring or summer when you can open your windows.

Turn off the heat and the radiator. Vacuum the radiator and around the radiator. Try to vacuum as much dust and dirt as possible.

Wrap the long stick with a dust cloth. Tape the cloth to the stick. Put a towel underneath the radiator to catch the dust and dirt that fall out of the radiator. Shove the stick in the radiator slots. This will pick up a lot of the dust and dirt on the inside of the radiator.

Remove the towel. Vacuum again around the radiator to catch the dust and dirt that you loosened in Step 2.

Put a cap full of dish washing soap in the bucket of warm water. Dunk the sponge in the water. Scrub the radiator and the wall behind it with the sponge. When finished, dry the floor and radiator with soft cloths.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum
  • Dust and soft cloths
  • Towels
  • Soft cloths
  • Bucket full of water
  • Soap
  • Sponges
  • Long stick
  • Wide tape
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Brendan O'Brien is a professional journalist in Milwaukee, Wis. He has worked for several news organizations, newspapers such as the "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" and trade magazines during his career of more than 15 years. He is currently a freelance writer who works for several publications.