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Tips for getting dust out of the back of a radiator anyone?

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LaundryQueenHatesIroning Wed 28-Sep-16 21:57:36

Just that really.

Seems like there should be a separate Hoover attachment for it as none of the standard ones are suitable.

chocolatespiders Wed 28-Sep-16 22:00:38

Long handled duster

Jayfee Wed 28-Sep-16 22:01:00

Would one of the little rollers on the long metal handle for painting help?

Palomb Wed 28-Sep-16 22:02:05

I've blown mine out with a hairdryer before.

LaundryQueenHatesIroning Wed 28-Sep-16 22:02:08

Do you mean like a static one? Feel stupid for not thinking of that really confused

chocolatespiders Wed 28-Sep-16 22:02:52

Something similar to this

user1472662726 Wed 28-Sep-16 22:03:30

You can get a radiator brush from a treat!

IloveBabyBubbles Wed 28-Sep-16 22:04:08

Lakeland do a long tapered brush for exactly this. It's amazing according to DH. He spent a long time telling me about how great it was. Best birthday present he ever asked for hmm

LaundryQueenHatesIroning Wed 28-Sep-16 22:04:39

Some of it in the kitchen radiators is gross and greasy from being there for a while so might be a bit sticky and difficult to get out.

Don't judge me! I have recently become a SAHM and it never occurred to me to clean down there when I was working!

LaundryQueenHatesIroning Wed 28-Sep-16 22:12:09

Thanks chocolatespiders that looks like it would do the trick as I could use it wet. With some Zoflora, obviously grin

Thebeachismyhappyplace Thu 29-Sep-16 06:02:05

What about in the grid part of the radiator at the top?

We have a couple of v grimy ones where we retired and the dust sheets weren't tight enough over a couple of the radiators. Seems impossible to shift...

Thebeachismyhappyplace Thu 29-Sep-16 06:02:28


shovetheholly Thu 29-Sep-16 08:01:36

Get a radiator brush:

Mine are way too close to the wall to fit in a massive duster head!

LaundryQueenHatesIroning Thu 29-Sep-16 08:48:01

Thanks for the tips everyone, I tried with the duster I already had this morning and although it got most out there, infuriatingly, is still a bit left in. I think I might have to invest in the Lakeland one because now it's driving me mad!

emsyj Thu 29-Sep-16 17:36:36

I blasted my double panel radiators with the concentrator nozzle on my steamer and it looked like dozens of small furry animals were running for their lives. Quite a sight! Obviously might leave walls wet if you did it behind, but for dust inside the radiator it works a treat!

LaundryQueenHatesIroning Thu 29-Sep-16 21:20:26

Thanks emsyj, i have some radiators with tiny corrugated bits at an awkward angle that I won't be able to get any duster or cloth down so will be trying that one!

LaundryQueenHatesIroning Tue 11-Oct-16 16:58:09

If anyone is also looking for solutions I have just bought this today and it's great! A total steal at £3 too! You can bend it too to get in all of the awkward to reach places. Just did the one today but tomorrow will be designated radiator cleaning day!

sonias27 Tue 11-Oct-16 17:13:22


Your best bet would be to purchase a radiator brush this will easily be able to get down the back of the radiator and give it a good clean.

Mcchickenbb41 Tue 11-Oct-16 19:17:49

I brought the Lakeland one last week after reading about it on here. Brilliant couldn't believe the crap that came out. Also worth mentioning the house smells nicer when the heating comes on especially as I then wiped over rads with zoflora. Took me a whole day but def a job worth doing !!

LaundryQueenHatesIroning Tue 11-Oct-16 21:53:02

'Also worth mentioning the house smells nicer when the heating comes on'

Ah this is really encouraging. The only problem is deciding which of my extensive zoflora collection I will use grin

Mcchickenbb41 Wed 12-Oct-16 07:32:11

Lol I just brought a job lot from Amazon. It's true though have u ever noticed when the heating first goes on there's a stale smell. It was so therapeutic lol I also did all the pipes etc. Really made a difference to the rooms and defiantly a job I'll be doing at the end of every summer. Word of warning though it makes a right mess so don't bother polishing any rooms or hoovering before hand as the dust flies everywhere. And fling the windows open !!!

StubbleTurnips Wed 12-Oct-16 07:40:40

DHs nana used a sock on a stick, works a treat!

sohackedoff Wed 12-Oct-16 12:06:16

I used one of those air things for blowing up camp beds. Worked brilliantly but had to clean ceiling

LaundryQueenHatesIroning Wed 12-Oct-16 21:37:52

Mcchicken you were right about the stale smell, I hadn't even noticed before but the living room radiator was on when I was cleaning it and I could smell it. I rubbed it down with the Twilight Garden Zoflora, first time I have used it and think it smells horrible sad will have to do it again tomorrow with Lavender!

Love the sock on a stick idea Stubble!

Mcchickenbb41 Fri 14-Oct-16 06:59:14

Haven't smelled that one. I wouldn't worry I'm sure the fragrance fades pretty quick. An ex bf used to be obsessed with dusk on light bulbs. He said he could smell the dust. But anyway doing the rads was def the best seasonal job around the house Iv ever done so well done for starting the thread !

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