These are equipment that we cherish especially when temperatures are down. We love to curl up not far from them to enjoy their warmth. Nevertheless, some of us tend to forget to clean the radiators. This has a direct impact on their efficiency and energy consumption. The dust quickly settled in, followed by bacteria and other mites that were fond of this heat, which was conducive to their development. In short, it is not good at all to keep a healthy home and calm your possible allergies. And if in addition you forget to do a purge a year, nothing goes! Only here, with all types of different devices, we do not know how to do it. Indeed, it is doubtful that cleaning electric heaters, panels or blades has nothing to do! Here are all the techniques for a perfect maintenance of your installations.
Some safety precautions before proceeding
Never clean an electric heater without first disconnecting it. Thus, you will avoid any risk of electrocution! In addition, be sure to turn off your boiler for safety. Finally, always allow a few minutes for your radiator to cool down before cleaning. This will protect you from burns if the unit gets hot.
How to clean the radiators?
Here, the mode of treatment will depend mainly on one factor: allergies! If you do not have one, a simple vacuum cleaner will often do the job perfectly. To do this, there is nothing like an accessory such as the bent brush or with a narrower mouthpiece for more precise and detailed suction. Nevertheless, if you suffer from allergies, this solution could cause the dust to fly into the room. In fact, avoid spreading by using a damp cloth that will catch them. So, it will be longer, but you will avoid irritation and sneezing! Then finish with a dry cloth to dry and polish the cleaning job.
Panel radiators are the most complicated because everything inside is out of reach of our good old microfiber cloth or the classic feather duster. So, you will have to remove the grids by unscrewing the screws that hold them. You will find these on the sides or hidden behind. Then you will just need to clean the radiators very simply by blowing air down with your hair dryer.
Indeed, the hair dryer is perfect for dislodging dust effortlessly in inaccessible or difficult corners. Finally, an old, slightly damp toothbrush will help fine tune the thermostatic faucet or nooks.
How to clean the radiators to make them whiter?
Several products can help you there. In particular, you have white vinegar or hydrogenated water at 60 ° (minimum) that you can both leave to act for about twenty minutes before rinsing. A dose of soda lye diluted with water or a clay stone (why not prepared house) can also do a convincing job on deposits.
However, cleaning the radiators will not always be the solution … In fact, by heating too hard or for a long time, it can yellow the paint, because it softens and hangs dirt. Suddenly, they are agglomerated with the result that we know! Rust can also play us a few turns. If you rub and nothing happens, it may be time to repaint after rubbing sandpaper. Prefer here paints that resist heat. A pure acrylic satin or matte paint will work wonders.