Laundry Ductwork Cleaning

At Ductbusters, we pride ourselves on being able to clean any and all types of ductwork. We work with a huge range of companies in many different industries, and that means we clean and remove various types of debris and materials from ductwork with our expert team of ductwork engineers. In recent months, we’ve seen a rise in the demand for laundry ductwork cleaning to remove build-up of fluff and fibres that not only block ducts, but pose a potential fire hazard.

Dangers of blocked ductwork

Ductwork is in place to draw up any contaminated air or particles in that air and divert it away, helping maintain a clean and regular supply of air to all areas in the building or premises. If ductwork is blocked, it poses several serious risks to health and safety.

Blocked ducts do not allow contaminated air to be drawn up and away efficiently, therefore the air in the building has the potential to be contaminated by smoke, fluff, or even something potentially much more dangerous, like asbestos or plaster dust. When ductwork operates properly, the air is funnelled into the ducts and out into the open air while fresh, clean air is circulated in the building, ensuring a healthy and pleasant environment. Blocked ductwork, even partially blocked, also results in slower air circulation, meaning environments have the potential to store dangerous particles like smoke for longer.

If ductwork is blocked it can pose a very real fire hazard. Grease from kitchens, fluff from clothing, and flour from bakeries all have the potential to block ducts; all of these materials are highly flammable. It’s important to ensure that your ductwork is regularly and properly cleaned by a professional ductwork company such as Ductbusters.

Care homes and ductwork

Ductbusters have worked with many care homes recently who have discovered their laundry ductwork completely blocked with fluff and fibres as a result of years of tumble dryer activity. Care homes frequently wash and dry linens, clothing and uniforms, meaning they need to have very effective laundry ductwork in place due to the high volume of use it will experience. Blocked ductwork for a tumble dryer facility means fluff, which is not only flammable, but blocked tumble dryer ductwork means it will take longer to dry clothes, meaning more electricity used and more time, making it inefficient on both counts.

As care homes often have large facilities for their washing and drying, the ductwork may be inaccessible to ordinary maintenance staff. Ductbusters have the knowledge and expertise to clean laundry ductwork no matter how difficult it seems.

Vets and ductwork

A more unusual call out for our team of engineers recently was to a veterinary practice, who had discovered their ductwork was blocked with not fluff, but pet hair. Vets, like care homes, are frequently washing and drying bedding and towels, but with the addition of pet hair, ductwork can become easily blocked even with lower frequency of use. Ordinary ductwork in vet practices also have a risk of blockage, simply due to the amount of hair present in the air from animal patients and procedures such as clipping and shaving.

Pet hair and fluff from the bedding had combined to form a real fire hazard in the ductwork. Ductbusters were able to completely clean the ductwork, ensuring the practice can now wash and dry any bedding with peace of mind.


When ductwork is hidden out of sight, as it often is for laundry purposes, it’s easy to forget that it too needs regular cleaning and maintenance. At Ductbusters, our expert team of ductwork engineers are on hand to handle any materials we might find in your ducts, and restore them to perfect working order. Contact us today to see how we can help:

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