1. Clean the dryer exhaust duct annually
This is the most important thing to do to prevent fires. Remove the duct from the back of the dryer and clean out any lint that has accumulated.
2. Check the outside vent
It's common for dirt, lawn debris or snow to build up around the vent. Clear it out every so often to ensure the dryer exhaust is flowing freely to the outside.
3. Don't overload it
Large loads take longer to dry and use more energy. If the clothes don't dry completely, you end up with a musty odor.
4. Deep clean the lint screen
Don't just clean it after every load - wash it every three months with a small amount of laundry detergent and rinse it thoroughly. This will also help to remove any residue left behind from dryer sheets.
5. Replace vinyl or plastic exterior vents with metal
Metal vents are durable and don't flake or crack like plastic vents. The DryerWallVent is built to last! It keeps the air flowing freely, minimizing lint buildup.
6. Clean the drum
Give the inside a wipe down with a clean microfiber cloth and a bit of rubbing alcohol to remove any dryer sheet residue. Let it dry completely before closing the door.