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Cleaning Air Vents


One way to have your house looking sparkling clean is to clean out your air vents. This will not only keep your vents looking awesome - it will help the flow of air in your home as well!

Depending on if your vents are located in the wall, in the floor, or in your ceiling will determine the ease of being able to clean them. No matter where they reside, you should clean them at least once to twice a year - some rooms (kitchen, bathroom) will require more frequent cleaning.

In our home they are located in the ceiling and one is located on a high wall. This can make it more difficult to get to. Keep your safety in mind as you do your cleaning. Remember: Safety First!

I like to bring mine down (one room at a time. This gives me a chance to see if the area around them need touch-up paint or if all looks good. If you have flat paint you might end up with fingerprints around the edges of your vent. Not good.

Once I have them down, I wash them in a solution of Dawn (blue) and vinegar and hot water. I don't like using scrubby or anything abrasive on them because the paint can chip easily. {If yours chips, just use your touch-up paint on them and give them a chance to dry.}If you have extra gunk on your vent then you can try using an old toothbrush and very gently scrub at it. Just make sure that you aren't too rough.

I use a regular cleaning rag to wash them down. If there is an abundance of dust bunnies I vacuum first - just to keep my water from becoming murky and gross. I let them air dry on the counter and move on to the next one.

One thing to keep in mind is keeping the screws in a specific place. Put them in a cup or a baggy and keep them in a safe place. You will want to make sure that you have all of the screws you took out of the vents to put them back into the vents.

There may be times of the year that have more dust than others. You might try keeping a log of that for your reference. It will make cleaning them more efficient. You may wish to keep track of when and how often you are cleaning but there is not a real need. You can basically look at your vents and see when it is time to get the cleaning done.

Make it a great one!
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