Many of us work hard to ensure our homes stay clean and tidy.

However, there are certain areas that can easily get overlooked.

Radiators, for example, might not be something we would think of cleaning often.

However, not doing so could be bad for both our energy bills and our health.

One expert spoke with Express.co.uk about the best way to clean your radiators for this very reason.

General contractor and the founder of Easy Pool Cleaning, John Parker, explained: “As a contractor with plenty of experience in getting homes ready for the heating season, I’ve learned how important it is to maintain your radiators.

“When dust builds up on your radiators, they can’t spread heat around the room as well.

“This means they have to work harder and longer to warm things up, costing you more on your bills and not working as well.”

He also warned about some of the health risks. “Dirty radiators are more than just a heating issue,” John said.

“The dust and grime that accumulate can degrade the air quality in your home.

“If you have allergies or respiratory problems, this can be especially troublesome.”

The best way to clean your radiators

John shared how to clean your radiator in five steps.

  1. Safety first – turn off the radiator. This stops dust from spreading while you clean
  2. Start by vacuuming between the fins with an attachment to get lots of dust out
  3. Then, use a brush made for radiators to reach tighter spots
  4. After brushing, wipe with a damp rag and a gentle sponge with soap and water
  5. Dry with a towel to stop rust.

John advised on the best equipment to use. “A vacuum cleaner with a crevice attachment is essential,” he said.

“Also, a specific radiator cleaning brush, dust rags, non-abrasive sponges, warm soapy water, and a towel for drying are all useful tools for this job.”

John also recommended giving radiators a thorough clean every year.

He said: “Aim to do a deep clean once a year at least. Regular dusting throughout the year can prevent dust buildup.

“Additionally, bleeding your radiators annually helps maintain their efficiency and effectiveness.

“Remember, maintenance matters – especially in colder places. Do these simple steps and save money while keeping your home comfy and healthy.”