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As with most cleaning, doing a little bit regularly helps prevent the dirt from
getting out of control. Include dusting your air vent covers in your weekly cleaning routine. Then each month, use a crevasse or brush tool on your vacuum
cleaner (preferably with a HEPA filter) to more thoroughly clean them.
Help keep dust from building up by adding dusting to your weekly cleaning routine. It's easy with Swiffer® 360° Dusters Extender! Unlike sprays and dust rags, it gets into hard-to-reach places without the hassle so you can get dust pick up in less time. That's because its long, flexible handle and thick fibers can quickly get into hard-to-reach places to trap and lock dust.
Leave cleaning the actual air ducts to the professionals—you don’t want them damaged!
Once or twice a year, give your air vent covers a deep clean:
1. Gather your supplies:
Turn off the air conditioner/heating unit before removing the vent covers and put a drop cloth under ceiling vents to catch falling dust. You don’t want
dust blowing at you when you’re on a ladder or piling up on the floor.
2. Remove your vent covers. Ceiling vent covers may have a screw holding them or may clip into place. Floors vent covers generally just
lift up. Place any screws into a small container or plastic bag.
Take care when handling the air vent covers. The edges may be sharp.
3. Wipe around the edge of the air vent with a damp cloth. This removes built-up dirt and dust (but again, leave cleaning the actual ducts
to the professionals).
4. Wipe down all surfaces of the air vent cover. Use warm, soapy water and a cleaning cloth to ensure your vents get clean. For
hard-to-reach places, use a toothbrush or cotton swab. If the vent covers are particularly dirty (kitchen and bathroom vent covers are the worst!), spray
with all-purpose cleaner or soak in warm soapy water.
Use a bathtub to soak larger vent covers. Do not soak vent covers made from timber.
5. Dry air vent covers. Use a cloth or leave to air dry.
6. Reposition the vent covers. If necessary, screw back into place.
Clean your air-conditioning vents in spring and
heating vents in fall to prep them for the
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