Louvered vents are prone to collecting debris and dirt because of the hard-to-reach slats. Cleaning these vents may seem cumbersome, but the following tips should make the task easier:
- First, you have to prepare your cleaning materials. You will need a soft-bristled paint brush to do most of the cleaning. If you do not have one, you may just get a sturdy ruler and wrap a rag (or an expendable sock) around one end. Secure the rag or cloth in place using a rubber band. You’ll also need to have water and soap.
- Use the dry and soft-bristled paint brush to dust the aluminum vent louvers clean. The bristles will help remove dust from the inclined surfaces by sliding between each louver. In case you do not have a brush, you may alternatively use the ruler with a rag wrapped around its end and insert it between the louvers. The ruler and rag method is going to take longer if you’re going to use a brush, but it will still do the trick and leave the louvers clean and free from dust. Thoroughly remove any dust from between the slats.
- To remove the grime and dirt that has built up on the louvers, it’s best to mix up soap and water to create a solution. Simply dip the same brush into the soapy water and wash the louvers. Another way to do this is to transfer the solution into a spray bottle and spray the louvers with the soapy water. Use the brush to get off the grime and focus on noticeably dirty areas. You may also use the rag and ruler technique to accomplish this. The louvers will be just as clean, but it’s going to take longer.
- Once you’re done soaping the louvers, it’s time to rinse them with fresh water. To do this, just dip the brush or the ruler with rag into clean water and run them on each louver.