The cold weather is coming and with it comes the need to turn on the radiators to feel wrapped in a warm embrace when we enter the house. Before turning them on, however, it is good to clean them thoroughly so as to avoid spreading dirt around the house and compromising their functionality. How to do this? Simple, just the jug method, which can remove all the dirt from the radiator quickly and easily! Let’s see together how to do it!
Before you start
Before you move on to cleaning the radiator, we first recommend that you place towels both under the radiator and behind it, so as not to get the floor and walls too dirty. Then, we recommend that you use already soiled towels that you need to wash and place them on top of each other so as to create a fairly thick layer. After that, place a basin on the towels and move it around as you wash the radiator. Of course, always remember to turn off the radiators to proceed with this cleaning operation safely and securely. Turn them on, then, only when they are completely dry. Once we have seen these tricks, we just have to see what this method consists of and how it can come to our rescue to clean the radiator from top to bottom!
Trying this method is really a breeze, as you will only need pantry ingredients that you surely already have at home or, in any case, easy to find. Therefore, equip yourself with:
- 1 teaspoon of bar soap flakes
- 1 cup of white spirit vinegar
- Warm water
- A pitcher
Begin, then, by adding the white vinegar and hot water (better if demineralized) to the pitcher, after which cut the soap flakes into small pieces so that it is easier to dissolve and add them to the pitcher. At this point, stir everything with a wooden spoon and, with great precision, pour the resulting mixture into every crevice of the radiator, always remembering to move the bowl as you go to collect the dirty water. Finally, let it drip down to the last drop and, using a microfiber cloth, wipe the drops on the outside of the radiator. And voila: your radiator will be free of all dirt! Vinegar and bar soap, in fact, boast cleaning and degreasing properties that can clean thoroughly. As if that were not enough, then, vinegar is also a godsend for delaying the appearance of more dust!
How to dry it
To speed up the drying of your radiator and prevent any water droplets from remaining inside it that could also cause unpleasant odors, we recommend the knot method, which will also help to remove any residual dust still attached. All you will need to do, then, is to equip yourself with an electrostatic cloth and tie a knot on one end in such a way as to form a sort of “handle” to this cleaning tool. After that, slip the cloth into the spaces between the individual elements of the radiator and let it slide all the way down by pulling on the “tail” of the knot. Of course, we recommend that you change the cloth from time to time when it gets very wet or heavily soiled with dust. At the end of this operation, your radiator will be as clean as ever!
Please note that it is important to carry out the described steps before using the described method, especially if you own marble or natural stone floors.