How to Clean a Baseboard Heater? Get a Baseboard Cleaning Tool

Get a baseboard cleaning tool to make your baseboards shine.

If your baseboard heaters are caked with dust and debris, they will not only look unsightly, they can and will be costing you money. If you are looking at dirty baseboards during the heating system, you may as well open that big window and start throwing out pennies, quarters and dollar bills, because that is the kind of money you are wasting. Here are some cleaning tips.
To clean your baseboard heaters, we strongly recommend doing it in the summer season when the heat is off, of course, few of use really focus on such a task when the sun is shining. So if you must wait until the heating season to get this cleaning job done, do the following.

1–Turn down your thermostat so that the heating system turns off. Whether electric or gas hot water, you do not want the system operating while you are trying to clean it. This is particularly important for electric baseboard heaters, because you could be subject to electric shock. Read your owner’s manual before proceeding to clean your baseboard heaters.

2–Get a baseboard cleaning tool, because it makes the job that much easier. Bring out our buy a small, soft attachment for the vaccuum cleaner that will not damage any part of the heating mechanism.

3–In addition, buy a small paint brush, soft cloth and get a pair of pliers, needle-nose pliers.

4–If it is a wall unit, remove the various pieces of sheet metal and wash them thoroughly in a light detergent. (If your baseboard heating covers are in need of a new paint job, this might be the time to undertake that project as well.)

5–Gently vacuum around the the fins of the heating unit, but be careful not to bend the fins. These units can be easily damaged, which in itself will cause permanent inefficiency of the heating unit.

6–Use that baseboard cleaning tool to clean the heaters efficiency and safely. Vacuum around and under the heating unit to clean up any dust and debris on the floor or wall, before reinstalling the metal units.

7–Use the pliers to straighten out any fins that might have been bent.

8–Replace the metal covers to the heater.

9–Continue on to the next sections.

We have found through experience not to remove more than one of the covers at a time, which exposes six to eight feet of the heating unit. If you are pulling off too many sections, the covers can get stepped on and damaged and the heating units with the delicate fins can also be damaged.

When you are involved in cleaning these units, this is a good time to check your cover units and end caps for anything that needs to be replaced. These cover units tend to rust. It is possible to remove most of the rust, but it is not overly costly to simply replace these units.

If you are looking for supplies locally, key in the search term with quotes: “baseboard heater cleaning supplies near me.” Also key in “home depot baseboard heaters” “lowes baseboard heaters” and “walmart baseboard heaters”.

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