Products To Avoid When Cleaning A Radiator

Posted: Friday, June 2, 2023

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Our radiators are manufactured using only the best materials available, whether Cast Iron or Steel. They are then expertly finished by master craftsmen in our own Lincolnshire-based factory. This creates an outstanding product that needs to be properly cared for. Using the wrong products when cleaning a radiator can lead to damage.

cleaning a radiator

Why Cleaning A Radiator Is Important

There are two main reasons why it is important to keep your radiator clean: to ensure that it functions efficiently and to protect your health.

Efficiency - If your radiators are not cleaned on a semi-regular basis (just once or twice a year should be sufficient), they will accumulate a layer of dust. This dust will make it harder for heat to escape, forcing your radiator to work harder than it should and resulting in higher energy bills.

Health - A poorly cared-for radiator creates the ideal place for dust mites and mould spores to flourish. These allergens will then be circulated via convection, resulting in your home having poorer air quality. 

Dust mites are one of the most common allergens in the UK and are triggers for rhinitis, asthma and eczema. Whilst dust mites can be found almost everywhere, keeping your home clean will keep them to a minimum.

Now you know why it’s important to keep your radiators clean, let’s look at how to do this safely.

Cleaning A Radiator Safely 

Our radiators are not only highly efficient but they also make a stunning feature in any home. Therefore, when you are cleaning a radiator like ours, you need to ensure that you do not damage its beautiful finish. Here are some products that you should make sure to avoid!

Abrasive Materials - Abrasive materials, such as brillo pads, can scratch and damage the surface and even peel off paint. Rather than scrubbing tough stains, you should find a quality spray cleaner and allow it to stand for a few minutes longer than usual and then wipe it off with a cloth or sponge.

Antibacterial Products - Antibacterial products, specifically aerosols and sprays, pose a fire risk. You need to ensure that any products that you are using do not react poorly to heat. We would, in fact, recommend that you switch your radiators off for at least two hours before they are cleaned. Therefore, cleaning a radiator in the warmer months may be advisable.

Bleach - Bleach and other harsh chemicals can erode your radiators, reducing their lifespan. These products can also discolour your model, ruining its beautiful finish.

Get In Touch

If you have any further questions about cleaning a radiator or any other aspect of their care, click here or please contact us on 01400 263320. 

If your current radiators are damaged due to using the wrong products and you are looking to replace them, you can view our entire collection on our website or in our online brochure. Alternatively, you can visit our Lincolnshire-based showroom and even enjoy a FREE factory tour!

Remember that all of our Cast Iron Radiators come with a lifetime guarantee, we offer FREE UK Mainland curbside delivery on all orders exceeding £449 inc. VAT and we even offer a trade discount

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