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What is lint?

May 8

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5/8/2012 10:02 AM  RssIcon

Clothes are woven from soft fabrics to provide flexibility, breathability and comfort. Over time, the fabric begins to deteriorate even if it is not washed and 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. Placed in a dryer and spun around while hot air blows onto them 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.

If not properly cleaned, the lint trap or lint screen will trap the gathered loose fabric and choke the exhaust of the dryer. This means it takes longer to dry the clothes. It also creates a 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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