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Lint Literate?

Author: rachel/Monday, March 02, 2015/Categories: Uncategorized

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Everyone knows they have to clean the "lint trap" on the dryer but have you ever wondered what that mysterious material is that collects on that trap? Clothes are woven from soft fabrics to provide flexibility, breathability and comfort. Fabric eventually begins to deteriorate even if it is not washed or dried. The agitator of a washing machine will loosen these fibers from the cloth in the form of lint. We can certainly see the result when the clothes are placed in a clothes dryer. The process a dryer goes through to dry the clothes creates a static friction that compounds the process. Dryers need to dispense their hot air exhaust and a lint trap or screen helps to block most of the loose fabric from entering the exhaust vent.

The lint trap gathers loose fabric fibers until there is no more room and will eventually choke the exhaust of the dryer. This means it takes longer to dry the clothes. It also creates a serious fire hazard. Many clothes and cloth material are not flame retardant. Placed inside the drum of a dryer with hot air created by a heating element or open flame, dryer lint can easily catch on fire. To make sure your dryer is running efficiently, and to ensure it is not a safety hazard, the lint trap or lint screen should be cleaned out thoroughly after every use per your owner’s manual.

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