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Which Radiator Cleaning Brush to Use?


When it comes to cleaning and dusting radiators, unfortunately, as you likely have already found out, there’s not an easy way to go about. They are awkward and somewhat difficult to get around when cleaning.

Luckily, there is a range of specific cleaning brushes for radiators that do a more effective job than others. So that’s what we are going to run through today - what is the most effective radiator cleaning brush to get the job done quickly and easily (ideally without having to take the whole radiator off in order to clean).

Long Handled Microfibre Radiator Cleaning Brush

This is what most people want to be looking for when it comes to the best solution for cleaning their radiators with a radiator cleaning brush. There is a range of models and variations out there too. These are long wire stick-like brushes that either has bristles or microfibre (and some even made with goat hair and other cleansing bristles), however, what makes them so good is that you are able to get into the insides of your radiator, easily and effectively.

They are long enough for you to reach all the way down the insides as well as the outside and as they are usually based on a wire, they are thin enough to fit in between the fins of the radiator allowing your radiator to breathe easier. What’s likely going to happen though is you are going to kick out a fair bit of dust. So you will want gloves, a mask and ideally some sort of vacuum angled nearby to suck up the dust (a handheld one would work perfectly).

They are a pretty reasonable price too and they will help you with other hard to reach areas in your house to clean as well.

Flexible Cleaning Rod Brush

You will come across some brushes that are on the wire as well but are more looped. These can be advantages if you have a particularly awkward designed radiator that you can’t get in with a straight wire or that the radiator is positioned funny in respect to other furniture being in the way etc.

Again, a good solution but can be a lot more time consuming and you might not be really sure if you have got all the dust-out. They do tend to work well with flat and ribbed radiators as well. When looking for the bristles, I would recommend looking for something soft to prevent scratches that on the radiator paint - something like Microfibre or Goat hair tends to be a popular option as well.

The Classic Feather Duster

This is a go-to and what most people will have on hand when it comes to cleaning their radiator and don’t have a dedicated radiator cleaning brush on hand. Now, they do serve a decent purpose for cleaning the initial dust off a radiator. They can get along the sides and on the tops and bottom surfaces areas of the radiator - and the particularly long models can even get down the backs in between the wall and radiator.

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You are essentially only getting to the dust you can actually reach (essentially only cleaning about 50% of the radiator and not a 100% deep clean with the inside of the radiator) - depending on the design essentially you can’t get to the insides of the radiator that specialised radiator cleaning brushes can do. As you are knocking dust into the air that you are breathing, we recommend you wear a mask of some kind as well as run an air purifier in the room afterwards to help with the dust removal.

Choosing Your Radiator Cleaning Brush

It very much comes down to the type or radiator you have and whether you have easy access to it. If you can easily access the insides of the radiator and around it, then you can wipe it down and clean it easily. You won’t really need a dedicated radiator cleaning brush (i.e the feather duster). However, if it is a typical one then getting the first option suggests picking up the wired straight bristle brush with a vacuum on hand.

Clean Your Radiator the Right Way

If it has been a while since you have cleaned it or you really don’t know the last time you have cleaned it, make sure you pick up some rubber gloves to wear as well as a protective mask. When you start cleaning you don’t want to have dust particles and an allergy breakout to interrupt your breathing.

This is actually why it is so important to make sure that you are regularly cleaning radiators to help improve the overall air quality of your house. It’s probably recommended to get an air purifier in addition to this as well as certain indoor plants to keep your house having a high-quality air supply for you to breathe in.


So after running through them all, we can see that some are more effective than others - that may be true - and I would recommend getting the long specialised bristle radiator cleaning brushes. However, ideally, you have quick and easy access where you can make sure of a vacuum cleaner with specific attachments.

A Dyson handheld vacuum cleaner with a particular long crevice will help you get so far with a Flexi component (this is something that you see with a lot of the most recent models, but it is something you are going to have to specifically look out for). However, to get any distinct stains off from the inside fo the radiator you might need to disassemble it to get access to then clean off with a damp cloth.

Now of course, let us know if you have any quesitos as well any other suggestions when it comes to radiator cleaning brushes on an easier and more effective method. Please just get in touch in the comments section below and we will be sure to get back to you.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Bradley Morrison

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