How to Clean Your Floor Vents

Updated October 24, 2021

Keeping floor vents clean allow for proper circulation of conditioned air throughout the home while maintaining good indoor air quality. Follow these steps for how to clean your floor vents as part of your regular home cleaning routine.
 

Why clean your floor vents

As time goes on, dust, dirt, and grime will build up on the floor vents throughout the home. This matter becomes very difficult to remove from the tiny cracks within the vent, and when debris build up, they can prevent the vent from operating correctly. When your floor vents do not operate correctly, airflow may be restricted, preventing rooms from gaining the heating and cooling they need. When floor vents are dirty, debris can be picked up off the vent by circulating air and carried into the home, diminishing indoor air quality and creating dirtier interiors.
 

Directions for how to clean your floor vents

  • Turn off your home’s heating or cooling system to prevent debris from circulating while you work on your floor vents.
  • Use a damp rag or vacuum to clean loose debris from the floor vent.
  • Remove the floor vent. You may need to unscrew the vent, and gently lift the vent out of its position in your floor. Lay down a towel or newspaper to place the dirty vent on to prevent transferring debris to the floor or other surfaces.
  • Removing the vent will likely expose more dirt, so go ahead and vacuum the vent’s crevice to remove debris.
  • If your floor vents are made of metal, they can be cleaned with a dishwasher cycle. Plastic, wooden, and painted vents should be hand washed.

 

Heating and cooling pros help homeowners with how to clean floor vents

If you are not comfortable cleaning your home’s floor vents, have your trusted, local heating and cooling professional do the job for you! Cleaning floor vents is typically performed as part of air duct leaning services that are offered by many heating and air conditioning professionals. These services remove debris from the forced air system, leaving cleaner air and better operating conditions for furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps.