A dirty water baseboard heater will give off an unpleasant odor every time you turn it on. This is attributed to dusts that, over time, accumulates on the dissipation fins of your baseboard heater. Here are 5 simple steps on cleaning a hot water baseboard heater.
Step 1 - Turn the Baseboard Heater Off and Remove the Cover
Make sure that the heat is off before you start cleaning. Remove the covers. Most baseboard covers are only supported by screws or end caps. Use a screwdriver for screw-mounted baseboard covers. As for the end caps, all you have to do is snap it off.
Step 2 - Clean the Inside and Outside of the Baseboard Covers
Clean the inside and outside of the baseboard covers using a damp cloth. Baseboard covers are very dusty and cleaning it is best done outdoors.
Step 3 - Clean the Dissipation Fin
Next, clean the dissipation fin with a soft brush. Remove clumps of dusts and dust layers. Clean the whole area around the dissipation fin.
Step 4 - Clean the Small Areas between the Fins
Using a vacuum cleaner or a computer duster, remove the dust that the soft brush failed to remove. Give special attention to the small areas in between the fins.
Step 5 - Final Cleaning
The last step is to once again vacuum the entire exposed area of your baseboard heater to remove further dust accumulation that your initial vacuum or computer duster failed to remove. Once you are sure that you have cleaned all the areas and that no visible dust can be seen, put the baseboard covers back in the reverse order that you removed them.