How to Take Care of Your Radiator and Radiator Cover

How to Take Care of Your Radiator and Radiator Cover

While it may not immediately cross your mind as you’re going about your chores, you will want to take some time to occasionally clean your baseboard heaters. Our baseboard heaters are crucial to our homes, so we need to know how to keep them clean and heating efficiently. In doing so, we can ensure that they last longer and continue to provide us with the warmth we need to survive in the coldest times of winter. Learn how to take care of your heater covers.

Standard Baseboard Heater Maintenance

The openings and crevasses of a radiator provide the perfect environment for dust and pet hair to build up. If left unchecked, this buildup can begin to affect the way your heater radiates heat and could, ultimately, cause it to damage the boiler itself. Be sure to vacuum and maintain the radiator every 6 months to cut down on the amount of debris clogging the system.

To begin this process, remove the heater cover front plate. Once you do this, you should be able to expose the copper pipe and fin tubes. It’s important that you wear the proper safety gear during these steps—including gloves and a face mask—to avoid injuring yourself or breathing in floating debris, dust and pet hair.

Once the fin tube is exposed, carefully vacuum the blades to get rid of any miscellaneous dust or pet hair. Be sure to work slowly, as this part of the radiator is very fragile and sharp. The blades can easily bend and restrict the airflow. Then, if the heat isn’t on, gently wipe away any remaining dust with a damp microfiber cloth.

Cleaning Your Radiator Cover

When the radiator itself is clean, you can then move on to cleaning the cover. This process can be as simple as wiping it down with a damp cloth. If you notice during your cleaning that your radiator cover is damaged, you may also want to consider getting a new one to more effectively protect the radiator’s inner mechanics.

If frequent cleanings aren’t helping the condition of your radiator, your radiator cover could be the problem. For new and clean-cut replacement baseboard heater covers, check out some of the options from EZ Snap™ Covers. Choose from different sizes and colors to find the perfect match for your home. EZ Snap Covers one piece design are so strong and durable they can be removed, taken outside and power washed.  The baked on powder coated covers are guaranteed for as long as you own your home.

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Measure Your Baseboard Heaters

How to measure baseboard heaters:

Step 1

Always measure left to right, and twice for accuracy

Step 2 

Always measure left to right, and twice for accuracy

Step 3


Based on how your heater is configured,

choose an option below to expand and view

specific hot water baseboard heater measurement templates.

[+] Option 1: Straight Heater Configuration
[+] Option 2: L-Shape and U-Shape Configuration
[+] Option 3: 45 Degrees, Z-Shape Configuration


Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,

you’re ready to order.