How to Clean a Clothes Dryer Exhaust Duct

Keep your clothes dryer running safely and efficiently by cleaning the exhaust duct on a regular basis. Follow these steps to keep your dryer operating in top condition.

You will need

  • Screwdriver
  • Vent brush
  • Industrial vacuum
  • Sponge
  • Soap
  • Dust mask (optional)

Step 1 Unplug the dryer; detach hose Unplug the dryer and use a screwdriver to detach the hose from the exhaust duct.

Step 2 Inspect and remove lint Inspect the hose and the aluminum elbow that attaches to the wall. Remove lint by feeding a vent brush through the dryer from inside the machine through the hose.

Step 3 Vacuum behind dryer and around vent pipe Use an industrial vacuum to thoroughly clean the area behind your dryer, the back side of your dryer, and the area around the vent pipe.

Step 4 Clean soap scum from the floor Use a sponge and soap to clean up any scum that has built up on the floor behind your dryer.

Step 5 Reattach hose; plug dryer in Reattach the vent hose and secure it in place, and then plug in your dryer. Clean the exhaust duct at least once a year to keep it in peak operating condition.