How to clean and maintain your vents

How to clean and maintain your vents

23rd November 2023

How to clean and maintain your vents

Keeping various types of vents clean and well-maintained not only ensures their optimal functionality but also keeps the aesthetics of any space at the highest standard. Each type requires specific care to remain in top-notch condition.

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Air Brick Vents:

Air Brick Vents play a crucial role in maintaining proper airflow in buildings, and are often used to ventilate buildings with suspended floors and to prevent damp. Due to the fact that Air Bricks are fitted on exterior walls, they are more prone to debris and dirt build-up.

1.       Regularly inspect the vent and remove any visible debris or dirt by hand.

2.       Use a soft-bristled brush or a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to clean the grilles and openings to ensure optimal airflow.

3.       If the vents are excessively dirty or clogged, gently wash them with mild soapy water and a sponge. Avoid using strong cleaning agents that could damage the brickwork.

Air Brick

Floor Vents:

As the name suggests, Floor Vents are installed in flooring, usually suspended timber flooring in buildings that often use central heating. Just like with Air Brick Vents, due to their location, Floor Vents can get clogged with dirt and debris very easily.

1.       For regular cleaning, use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove surface dust and dirt from the floor vent.

2.       For a thorough cleaning, remove the vent cover and wash it with mild soapy water. Make sure the cover is completely dry before placing it back on the vent.

Floor Vent

Hit and Miss Vents:

Hit and Miss Vents are unique in the fact that they can be opened and closed depending on the level of airflow needed. With this type of vent, make sure that you clean it when it is both open and closed for the most thorough end result.

1.       Regularly check for any obstructions in the openings and clear away any debris by hand.

2.       Use a soft cloth or a brush to clean the vent's frame and louvres. For tougher stains, you can use a mild cleaning solution and rinse with water.

Hit & Miss Vents

Louvre Vents:

Louvre Vents are known for the hoods that are positioned over the slats, which facilitates airflow while keeping out debris, including water.

1.       Use a brush or a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove dust and dirt from the slats.

2.       If the vents are mounted at reachable heights, you can wipe them down with a damp cloth and mild detergent.

Louvre Vent

Slotted Vents:

A simple fixture, Slotted Vents are extremely versatile and the options are endless when it comes to ventilating a space.

1.       Inspect the slots regularly and remove any visible debris or dust by hand.

2.       Use a soft brush or a vacuum cleaner to clean the slots and surrounding areas.

3.       For stubborn dirt, gently scrub the slots with a cloth or a brush dipped in mild soapy water. Rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly.

Slotted Vent

Maintenance tips for all types of vents:

Although Vents come in many different forms, there are a few small maintenance tips to follow that can apply to all.

1.       Ensure vents are regularly inspected and cleaned to prevent clogging and restricted airflow.

2.       If you notice any damage or deterioration in the vents, promptly repair or replace them to maintain optimal functionality.

3.       Avoid using abrasive cleaning materials that could scratch or damage the vent surfaces.

4.       For vents in damp areas, keep an eye out for mould or mildew growth and address it promptly with appropriate cleaning agents.


By following these step-by-step guidelines and incorporating regular maintenance into your routine, you can ensure that your ventilation fixtures remain in pristine condition. A well-maintained ventilation system is not only functional but also contributes to the overall comfort and well-being of the occupants. All of these vents can be found within our range, in any size, design or finish you could possibly need, at the quality you expect.