How to Properly Clean Radiators and Baseboards

We all know that a clean heater looks nice but did you know that it’ll also work more efficiently and so use less fuel?

Ideally radiators and baseboards should be cleaned at the beginning of the season and at least once mid-season—more frequently if you have dogs or cats. It’s not hard to do. Here’s how to properly clean you radiator and baseboards:

How to Clean Your Radiators

  • Turn off the radiator.
  • Cover the floor beneath the radiator—old newspaper is perfect for this.
  • Blow out the dust from the hard-to-reach corners—you can use a hair-dryer, air-in-a-can (available at any office-supply store) or even an air compressor such as you might have to inflate your car tires or blow-up mattress; if all else fails use a feather duster or the vacuum cleaner with a long thin nozzle.
  • Vacuum up the loosened dust and clean the radiator with warm soapy water.
  • Turn the radiator back on.

How to Clean Your Baseboards

  • Turn your thermostat to off.
  • Take off the baseboard’s front cover.
  • Put a brush nozzle on your vacuum hose and vacuum the fin tubing. Make sure to get all sides.
  • If any of the fin tubing is misshapen gently straighten it out with a flat tool so that the spacing between the fins is uniform all the way along.
  • Put the cover back on, making sure the vents are open.
  • Reset the thermostat to the desired temperature.