Sunday, May 18, 2014

How to Clean Your Return Air Vent

Spring cleaning?  Why yes, I believe I will!  And I have been for the past several weekends.  This is our freshly cleaned return air vent in the hall way.  It wasn't always this pretty!
Its a little bent up and mis-shapen (probably from cat crashes), but it looks way better than before I started!  One day I plan on changing it out for one like THIS.  We just have to find the cool hardware cloth first!
Don't be scared, its just a really filthy dirty vent.  I'm a bit embarrassed to show these next few pictures, but I felt like I needed to share with you so you can go check your vent and make sure its a healthy vent too!
A short story.  We have three cats.  They run through our house like maniacs!  On occasion one of them misjudges and ends up running into things, like vents.  The other day I heard a loud boom and went to investigate and this is what I found. Um, Eeeeeew! Gross!  One screw on the left just fell out of the drywall and was hanging there, the other one on the right, firmly holding on.  Oh screwdriver? Where are you?
This is what I found when I removed the vent! WOW! That is a lot of dirty dust bunnies!  Or should I say dirty dust kitties?
It was a good inch thick on the bottom.  Oh shop vac? Where are you?  This has got to go NOW!
I vacuumed all the "kitties" out of there and even found several pieces of dry wall.  Really?  Messy contractors!  LOL!
Next I broke out the Clorox wipes and cleaned the wall where the vent had been resting.  Don't mind all the scrapes and bumps, we will be painting in here soon I hope!
NOTE: DO NOT use Kaboom bathroom cleaner on your metal vent!  Not good as you can see!  I'm sure soap and warm water with a scrub brush would have done much better.
I headed to our paint shelves in the shop and oh look! A vent repair kit!  I primed the whole thing with white primer (a little extra on the area where I removed the paint while scrubbing) and then when that was dry I sprayed two thin coats of white gloss over the entire thing.  I even painted the screw heads too!
Aaaah!  So much better!  I told my honey that now that the vent is all beautiful and white, the wall and base board looks really awful and ugly!  He said, "It'll just have to wait until the kitchen is done first"!  You are so right honey!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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  1. Thank you for linking up to the Super helpful post.

  2. I am so impressed with this. Yup, that was dusty but mine are probably worse. :) Best wishes, Linda at Crafts a la Mode

  3. Just wanted to let you know this is one of the featured posts this week on Friday frenzy. Love for you to join us again this week.

  4. this is one job that I forget to do! thanks for sharing


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