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Is there an easy way to clean AC return grilles?

Posted by hammerslammer (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 12, 11 at 19:58

I have two AC return grilles that always look dirty due to the dust that is continuously drawn through them. We live on a dirt road, so that doesn't help either. The only way I can get them as clean as I'd like is to completely remove them and wash them down with a garden hose. Within a couple of days they need a good dusting again. Can anyone recommend a quicker, easier way to clean them?

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RE: Is there an easy way to clean AC return grilles?

Use the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner. It looks something like this:

RE: Is there an easy way to clean AC return grilles?

I've tried the brush attachment. It did help some, but not as much as I'd like. Thanks for the tip, though.

RE: Is there an easy way to clean AC return grilles?

I live on a dirt road also so I KWYM. The best thing for regular dusting is a microfiber cloth, kind of bunched together so it gets between the slats.

I'm awful, I keep forgetting to clean it until I notice it's partially brown. lol.

Since moisture probably gathers there from the return air due to high humidity, about the only thing to do is wash it with 409. 409 is my friend. :)

If that doesn't work, they can easily be painted. Good luck!

RE: Is there an easy way to clean AC return grilles?

I'm on a crushed limestone road, in an agricultural area that is drought-stricken. The only thing that works for me is taking the grills out and hosing them off. If I just cannot face doing that, I use the brush attachment on this Metro Data-Vac vacuum cleaner:
, my go to emergency catastrophe vacuum. Still, however, the hose is best.

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