Coming Clean

Coming Clean

Every conveyor dryer vent needs to be cleaned on a regular basis to remove buildup inside the vent. The accumulation that builds up is a combination of chemicals, lint, dust, and other contaminants. If the angle of the vent from the dryer to the ceiling is at a low angle, with sharp bends, and the air movement is not adequate, the buildup will be worsened.

The schedule for cleanup will vary from shop-to-shop depending on the amount of time the dryer is operated and what is moving up the dryer vent. It is a good idea to clean the vent before the buildup becomes so severe that it becomes a fire hazard. Also, the more often you clean the vent, the less work is involved.


Cleaning will require that the vent either be completely removed or at the very least at the top and bottom to facilitate the cleaning. You can purchase a vent cleaning kit at most well-stocked home improvement centers, i.e., The Home Depot or Loews. The kit consists of a lint brush head and six, 2 foot (0.6 meters) flexible segments. You join these parts together to form a rod that spans a full 12 feet (3.66 m). If the vent is longer you can purchase two kits with doubles the reach and provides you with a back-up brush head. The end of the kit may be attached to a standard power drill chuck, which makes cleanup go faster with less effort.

Place a plastic garbage bag over the lower end of the vent the farthest away from your point of entry with the brush. Assure that the drill is rotating counter-clockwise to avoid unscrewing the segments of the kit. As the brush spins it will help to move it up and down a bit, as you progress from the top to the bottom of the vent. By working from the top, you let gravity assist you in moving the loosened debris into the plastic garbage bag at the bottom.

Standard Operating Procedure

Every task should have a written Standard Operating Procedure and the cleaning of the dryer vent is no different. Begin by cleaning the dryer vent and then performing a monthly inspection to find out how often the cleaning procedure should take place and the details of your cleaning procedure.

Following SOPs is an easy thing to do. It’s like following what you’re trained to do. However, making one is another story, and it proves to be a very difficult task. These few tips should help:

  • Determine the purpose of your SOP.
  • Choose a format. This can be laid out in paragraphs, succeeding bulled or numbered items, or flowcharts.
  • Draft necessary parts of your SOP. This includes a title page, table of contents, quality control, and references.
  • Make sure to detail every component of your SOP. For the content, you should cover the scope, methodology, and safety warning.
  • Recheck your work, and finalize everything for evaluation or approval.

Standard operating procedures continue to affect not only the entire flow of company procedures but also the well-being of the company and its staff members. Also, standard operating procedures offer a number of advantages such as the following:

1. Quality control. Standard operating procedures guide employees and supervisors to achieve an optimal output.

2. Improve skills. With instruction clearly stated, employees, know what to do. They can continue doing their tasks until they achieve a certain level of proficiency.

3. Monitor performance. Standard operating procedures can help evaluate an employee’s productivity.

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