Spring has finally arrived and for a lot of us that means dreaded spring cleaning, the thorough cleaning both inside and outside of our homes that seems to take forever, but the end result is usually pretty satisfying. Your home is ready for whatever spring and summer has to offer and with that big chore off our plates, it gives us all some much needed time to relax and enjoy the fruits of our labor.
When you are cleaning, it is important to remember to clean your electric heating appliances as well. Just because the warm weather is upon us and we may not need the additional heat source, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take care of them. Doing a quick and easy cleaning now, means less work in a few months when you need to use them again.
Baseboard heaters contain no moving parts; therefore little maintenance is required beyond a quick wipe down and vacuum cleaning. However it is essential that the units not be operated with an accumulation of dust or dirt on the element, as this can cause build-up of heat and eventual damage. So taking the time to clean the units is important, and since you are already cleaning everything else in your home, it is a great time to clean your heaters as well. Here are some quick steps to a clean baseboard heater;
- It is VERY IMPORTANT to remember that before starting any cleaning of your baseboard heater, ensure the power has been turned off at the circuit breaker panel
- If your heater has been used recently, make sure you allow adequate time for the element and body of the unit to completely cool before touching it
- Remove the front cover to the heater, exposing the heating element
- Lightly vacuum the element, removing any dust or dirt build up that may have occurred over time
- While you have the front cover off, give it a wipe with a damp cloth, both inside and out, making sure it is dry before replacing
- Once cleaning is complete you can replace the front cover
- If you have more than one baseboard heater in your home, complete all the steps above before restoring power to the units
Fireplaces & Stoves
Here are some quick tips for cleaning your mantel and fireplace;
- It is VERY IMPORTANT to remember to disconnect all power supplies before performing any cleaning or maintenance
- Never use abrasive cleaners on any Dimplex product as it can cause damage to the interior and exterior of the product
- Mantel surface cleaning: to remove dust, dirt, fingerprints or other marks, wipe the exterior with a damp cloth, a mild detergent can be used if required. To prevent any water spots from appearing, the surface should be completely dried with a lint free cloth.
- Fireplace surface cleaning: cleaning the surface of the fireplace is easy, simply use a warm, damp cloth and lightly go over the painted surface. Never use abrasive cleaners or spray liquids onto any surface as this can damage the unit. If the fireplace has been used recently, please allow adequate time for the unit to cool down before cleaning any internal surfaces.
- Stove Surface Cleaning: to remove dust or dirt from the surface of your stove, wipe the exterior with a warm damp cloth. To prevent any water spots from appearing, the surface should be completely dried with a lint free cloth.
- Front glass cleaning: As with most glass surfaces, dust can easily and quickly be removed by using a clean, dry cloth. To remove fingerprints or other marks, the glass can be cleaned with a damp cloth, or for stubborn marks, a traditional glass cleaner can be used. To prevent any water spots from appearing, the surface should be completely dried with a lint free cloth.
- Purifire™ Filter: Some Dimplex fireplaces and stoves feature our Purifire™ Filter; this filter is reusable and washable. To clean the filter, gently tap filter on a hard surface to dislodge any loose dirt or debris and then gently clean with water. We do not recommend using any soap or cleaning products on your filter.
Along with cleaning your fireplace or stove, it is also a good idea to check to make sure the unit is in good working order, look for any lights that may have gone out over time, replacing them now, saves you from having to do it when the weather gets colder and use of your fireplace increases. Light bulbs need to be replaced when you notice a dark section of the flame or when the clarity and detail of the log exterior disappears.
If you have any questions about the cleaning or maintenance of your Dimplex product, please refer to the Owner or Service manual. All manuals for our products are available on our website and can be found here http://www.dimplex.com/en/customer_support/technical_and_troubleshooting