How to Clean Baseboard Heaters

baseboard heater

Baseboard heaters can become clogged with dirt, dust, debris, pet dander and hair. Clean them at least once a year to keep them working safely and efficiently.

  1. Shut off power to the heater. Allow the heating element to cool completely.
  2. Remove the heater cover.
  3. Remove any visible debris from inside the unit.
  4. Vacuum inside the heater with a soft brush vacuum attachment.
  5. You can also use a pressure steam cleaner to clean the fins. Lay down towels to protect the floor from water damage.
  6. If any fins are bent or damaged, gently straighten them with a putty knife or needle-nose pliers.
  7. Wipe down the heater cover before replacing it.
  8. Ensure the unit remains free from obstructions that could impede airflow, including flooring/carpeting, window treatments, furniture, toys and other items.



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