Keeping your traditional radiator in check

Traditional radiators need slightly different levels of care to your everyday designer model.

Radiators are often overlooked when it comes to general upkeep in the home. Like with the oven and the fridge, every now and again the radiator will need to be cleaned, both inside and out, but due to their nature, can attain less focus than other household appliances. The traditional radiator is like the modern in most ways, except for in its aesthetics, and so most of the same points made below can be exported to more modern designs as well. Thankfully, radiators have evolved to work with a wide range of energy sources and through a plethora of convection methods, and traditional radiators are still modern in that sense, just crafted into a unique, classic design.

When we say traditional radiator

We mean a very specific model. Whilst the term traditional radiator could be used on a multitude of models, say a cast iron horizontal or a classic white panel radiator, what we’re talking about is a very specific type. The traditional bathroom column radiator is a very well-known design and is often used as a compact towel warmer for many bathrooms. These can come in the form of a centrally heated, dual fuel or electric radiator, and due to their size and use, need to be maintained in a very specific way. These often come with a compact central unit, and piping which is often plated with chrome. Chrome is a great alloy to plate your piping with due to its reflective qualities and its ability to give the illusion of more space in a bathroom, much needed in these often-cramped rooms.

Cleaning the exterior of your traditional radiator

Traditional radiators, like all other radiators will start to accumulate dirt over time. Bathroom radiators will accumulate more dirt due to the damp conditions in the room, meaning that you will have to eb extra vigilant when cleaning. Using a bowl or bucket of water and soap, use a clean cloth to wipe down the exterior. Make sure that the soap you’re using is gentle and doesn’t contain any chemicals which could interact with the metals on your radiator. For instance, a chrome or stainless-steel plated radiator can be wiped down with glass cleaner, ensuring that you keep the radiators shine without damaging the metal.

Traditional radiators and chemical inhibitors

When it comes to the interior workings of your radiator, you’ll have to use a different method to ensure everything is in working order. For starters, the inside of a radiator can become clogged up with gunk, which can form over years. On top of this, internal decomposition can occur with metals beginning to degrade within the inner lining of pipes. With the constant flow of hot and cold water running within its pipes, the radiator can quickly be affected by these shifts in temperature. The radiators internal workings can be saved using chemical inhibitor, which creates a protective layer around the inside of the pipes and c an defend against corrosion.

Regularly maintaining your traditional radiator

Sometimes its simply a task which you as a homeowner can’t perform. Whether it’s a technically complex surgical job, or a reinstallation needs to occur, we here at Great Rads can always give you some advice on professionals in your area. However, when it comes to regular upkeep of your radiator, whether that be the bleeding or the balancing of your system, then that is something which you as a homeowner can undertake in just a few minutes. These jobs may be boring, BTU to retain the efficiency of your homes BTU output, they are jobs which need to be done whenever necessary.


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