A man using a Gardus Gutter Sweep to clean gutters filled with water while he stands on the back deck of a home

Gardus GutterSweep: An Honest Review

Cleaning your gutters is a tough job. Typically, you’ll need to hop on a ladder, scoop out some leaves, climb down, move your ladder, and repeat the process around the entire perimeter of your home. You could get on the roof and clean on your hands and knees, but that’s dangerous (and the process gets even more dangerous if you have a two-story house).

At HY-C, we manufacture and sell GutterSweep under our Gardus brand. It’s a drill-powered, extendable rotary cleaning tool to help you clean your gutters without a ladder.

But what’s included with a GutterSweep purchase? What are the pros of the tool — and what are the cons?

In this guide, we’re going to provide an honest, in-depth look at GutterSweep, where it excels, and even where you may run into some difficulties with it (and how to overcome them).

By the time you’re done here, you’ll know how GutterSweep works, what’s included in the kit, and how to get the best use out of one to keep your gutters nice and clean.

What is GutterSweep?

GutterSweep is an extendable rotary cleaning tool. It consists of two poles, an attachable handle, a curved tube, and a pair of rotating rubber paddles at the end. Attach a cordless drill to the device, reach up and set the rubber paddles in the gutter, and pull the drill’s trigger to sweep debris out of your gutters.

The kit can also attach to your hose, allowing you to run water through your gutters to spray out any small debris you may have missed in your initial cleaning. GutterSweep allows you to avoid climbing a ladder to clean out your gutters (and all the hazards that come along with doing so).

What Does GutterSweep Come With?

GutterSweep isn’t just a tool; it’s an entire kit that comes with all the bells and whistles you need to clean your gutters as thoroughly as possible. Here’s a look at what the kit comes with:

A layout of all the components included in a GutterSweep rotary gutter cleaning kit against a white background and labeled with a number 1 through 11
  1. Extension poles
  2. Rotary paddle brush
  3. Curved tube
  4. Grip handle
  5. Button release tool
  6. Right-angle gear drive
  7. Drill adapter
  8. Camera mount
  9. Hose attachment
  10. Gutter brush (with water jet nozzle)
  11. Threaded tool attachment

How to Use GutterSweep

To use GutterSweep, start by attaching the two extension poles together. Add the curved tube to the end of the extension poles. On the end of the extension poles opposite the curved tube, attach the drill bit adapter. Then attach the right-angle gear drive to the curved tube, and attach the rotary paddle brush to the right-angle gear drive. Finally, attach the grip handle to the same extension pole that has the drill adapter attached to it.

From there, attach your drill to the drill adapter. Reach up toward your gutters and set the rotary paddle brush in the gutters. Now, power on the drill — the rotary paddle brush will spin, sweeping debris out of your gutters.

After you’ve thoroughly cleaned the gutters of large debris, you can swap out the rotary paddle brush with the gutter brush to sweep out anything you may have missed. Be sure also to take off the drill adapter and replace it with the hose attachment, and instead of attaching a drill to the GutterSweep, attach a garden hose. This will let you run water up into your gutters to rinse out smaller debris.

The GutterSweep also comes with a camera mount tool so you can take a video recording of your gutters to see if you missed any spots that need cleaning. It’s vital not to attach a camera while using the rotary paddle brush or the gutter brush as you could ruin your camera.

Also, be sure not to lose the button release tool. It’s specifically designed to disassemble your GutterSweep. You will still be able to take everything apart without it, but the process will be much more difficult.

Three Pros of GutterSweep

A man using a GutterSweep supplemented by a GutterSweep extension kit to clean gutters on a two-story brick building

1. It Allows You to Clean Your Gutters without a Ladder

We’ve mentioned this already, but perhaps the biggest benefit of GutterSweep is that it saves you the trouble of getting up on a ladder to clean your gutters. Climbing a ladder or getting on your roof can be dangerous; GutterSweep offers a safer alternative.

2. It Tackles Large and Small Debris

All kinds of junk can end up in your gutters — everything as big as sticks and leaves down to stuff as small as acorns and shingle granules. Within the full scope of the pieces available in the kit, GutterSweep is designed to help homeowners tackle it all.

Starting with the rotary paddle brush allows you to sweep out large debris like leaves and sticks. Following up with the gutter brush allows you to take care of smaller obstructions, and using the hose attachment to rinse your gutters especially helps.

3. It Can Clean Two-Story Houses, Too

GutterSweep comes standard with two three-foot extension poles. These poles, coupled with the curved tube attachment on the end, allow you to reach up and clean out the gutters on a single-story house.

We didn’t forget about two-story homeowners, though; we also offer a GutterSweep extension kit that allows for six feet of additional reach. The kit operates the same way with these additional poles. All they do is give the GutterSweep some additional range.

Three Cons of GutterSweep

A man attaching the rubber paddle brush head to the curved tubing of a GutterSweep with a brick wall in the background

1. You’ll Be Cleaning Blind

Say what you want about the dangers of being up on a ladder or a roof, but at least you can see what you’re doing while you’re up there. This isn’t true with GutterSweep. You’ll be on the ground while you clean, so you won’t visually be able to make sure you clean every nook and cranny.

We tried to solve this issue with the camera mount attachment, and it certainly helps. But it may take some time to inspect your gutters with your camera, and even if you can spot some additional debris on film, you’ll still be guessing by the time you get your GutterSweep back up there.

Another point of frustration to prepare for is the gutter hangers. These anchors help to connect the gutters to your house, and they’re usually located inside the gutters every few feet. You may have trouble maneuvering a GutterSweep around them; in fact, when you run into one, you’ll have to lift the paddle brush (or gutter brush) up and over the hangers to avoid them.

2. It May Have Trouble with Shingle Granules

Shingle granules are tiny, crushed pieces of stone that are glued to your shingles. They help to protect shingles from the elements (specifically solar radiation), and if you’ve ever cleaned gutters before, you know that these granules will inevitably accumulate in gutters over time.

The gutter brush attachment of the GutterSweep — with its accompanying water jet nozzle — was designed to help clear out tiny debris just like this. Still, they’re hard enough to get out by hand, and it may prove difficult to get them out with a GutterSweep, too.

3. The Debris Gets Everywhere

If you clean gutters by hand, you at least have some control over where the debris winds up when you drop it from the top of the roof. GutterSweep, on the other hand, proves to be a little wild, flinging debris in every direction.

On the bright side, the debris will be out of your gutters. On the downside, though, it could take a while to clean it all out of your yard, and it may even end up landing directly on you. We’d suggest wearing a pair of protective goggles when using a GutterSweep (just in case).

Should You Get a GutterSweep?

It can be intimidating to have to get up on your roof to clean your gutters. Some people hate it, and their fear of heights makes the job exponentially more difficult. It can be frustrating to overcome that fear to keep your gutters clean.

By now, though, you should understand how GutterSweep helps you to clean your gutters without the need to climb a ladder and get up on your roof. You know what the kit comes with, and you know some of the caveats and how to overcome them.

But should you get a GutterSweep?

If you’re comfortable on your roof and you’ve cleaned gutters before, it may simply be quicker and more convenient just to stick with what you know.

But if you have a fear of heights, if you’re getting a little older and less spry, or you just want to try something new, GutterSweep is a useful and powerful tool for keeping your gutters clean without the need to ascend your roof. If it sounds like it could help you, we’d encourage you to give it a try.

An exploded view of a Gardus SnugDryer against a white background

Gardus SnugDryer Dryer Vent Wall Plate: An Honest Review

Dryers are great appliances. Long gone are the days of clotheslines and clothespins; nowadays, you just toss your laundry from the washer into the dryer, choose the appropriate cycle, and your clean clothes are ready to be folded in an hour or less.

Dryers aren’t without their issues, though — lint buildup in the vent hose can hamper their efficiency or even cause a house fire. The vent hose connection point on the back can also cause your dryer to jut out from the wall much farther than your washer, which takes up space and looks aesthetically unpleasing.

SnugDryer — a HY-C dryer vent wall plate under our Gardus brand name — was created to solve these issues: improving the safety, efficiency, and alignment of your clothes dryer. But the question is, does it actually solve these problems?

How much space does SnugDryer save? How does it help alleviate lint buildup? Which situations are best-suited for a SnugDryer — and who may not be a good fit for one?

While we are the manufacturer of SnugDryer, we want to answer all these questions as clearly and objectively as possible to help you figure out whether or not you need one.

By the time you’re done here, you’ll understand how SnugDryer works, its pros and cons, and you’ll be able to decide for yourself whether your dryer setup should or shouldn’t include one.

Three Pros of a SnugDryer Dryer Vent Wall Plate

1. It Helps to Reclaim Lost Space

A side-by-side comparison of a washer and dryer setup with SnugDryer installed vs. without SnugDryer installed, demonstrating that, with SnugDryer, the dryer fits more closely to the wall

Some dryers are installed in a closet area with doors that close in front of the appliance. Others are installed in a dedicated laundry room that may measure anywhere between 50 and 100 square feet. These situations are by no means uncommon, and they result in a pretty tight fit, with the washer and dryer taking up to a quarter of a laundry room’s space.

SnugDryer helps your dryer sit closer to the wall and in line with your washing machine, allowing for an even, aesthetically pleasing fit. A dryer utilizing SnugDryer can save five inches of space or more, which can make all the difference, especially if the washer and dryer are set up in a closet (where the doors have to be able to close without getting stuck on the machine).

2. It’s Designed for Easy Installation

A POV shot from an installer's perspective as they install a Gardus SnugDryer

If you’re even a bit DIY-inclined, you shouldn’t have to pay a contractor to install a SnugDryer for you. As long as you have access to a drill and are nimble enough to move your dryer out and get behind it, you should be able to install a SnugDryer on your own.

The kit comes with all the hardware you need — four screws and four drywall anchors. Of course, it also comes with the housing (two plastic panels and a rubber gasket) and the cylindrical hose connection piece.

Perhaps most importantly, though, the box that your SnugDryer comes in will act as your measuring tool. Just cut the template out from the box and trace it carefully against your drywall with a pen or pencil. As long as you’re precise, installation should go smoothly.

3. It Increases the Efficiency and Safety of Your Dryer

A close-up of a dryer's vent connection port fitting into a fully-installed Gardus SnugDryer

The biggest problem with a clothes dryer is the accumulation of lint in its venting. This lint accumulation problem is often the result of flex pipe; over time, as a dryer gets bumped into or pushed toward the wall, the flexible pipe connecting the dryer to the exhaust vent gets crushed. This causes the lint to collect near the dryer’s exhaust port, which could lead to a fire.

SnugDryer utilizes a non-flexible plastic connection port, eliminating the easily-damaged flexible pipe altogether, allowing lint to be sucked safely away from the exhaust port.

Not only will keeping the port clear and lint-free exponentially decrease your risk of a house fire, but it will save you money, too; clogged dryer vents can add up to $25 a month to your energy bill.

A clear dryer vent also means that your dryer will run more efficiently. A dryer that can’t cycle air properly will take much longer to dry your clothes. SnugDryer helps facilitate proper airflow, ensuring clothes dry faster.

Three Cons of a SnugDryer Dryer Vent Wall Plate

1. It’s Best Suited to New Construction

A contractor installing a Gardus SnugDryer into a house that's under construction with the wall studs and subfloor visible

As with any other project requiring ductwork or venting, SnugDryer is most easily installed before drywall is put into place. That’s not to say that a retrofit installation isn’t possible — folks who buy SnugDryer do it all the time. But it is more difficult.

Obviously most people looking for a solution like SnugDryer aren’t typically looking to install one on a home they’re building; rather, homeowners are most often looking to upgrade the efficiency of their current dryer setup.

That said, if you happen to be in the process of building a home, be sure to talk to your builders about SnugDryer. Now’s the best time to install one in your future home if you’re interested.

If, on the other hand, you want to retrofit your existing dryer vent connection, you certainly can. But be sure you’re aware that…

2. It May Not Be DIY-Friendly

A contractor cutting a hole out of drywall in order to install a Gardus SnugDryer

While SnugDryer is designed for easy installation, a self-install may not be for everyone. Homeowners’ DIY skill sets are all over the map, and it’s important to understand whether or not you’ll be able to tackle a SnugDryer installation on your own or if you should leave it to a contractor.

Installing your own SnugDryer will require you to pull your dryer out and get on the floor behind it. You’ll also need to be able to measure precisely where your dryer vent connects with your drywall and the ductwork on the other side.

You’ll need to be comfortable with putting drywall anchors and screws into your wall. But the thing that may turn most homeowners off to a self-install (especially DIY novices) is the requirement to cut a hole in your drywall.

If everything isn’t measured out accurately from the start, you could wind up cutting out the wrong part of your wall. Cutting improperly poses two problems: for one, you’ll need to repair the damage you caused with the first cut. For another, you’ll need to try again, which poses the risk of even more damage.

If you think you can handle all these caveats, you may be able to install a SnugDryer on your own. If you have doubts, though, err on the side of hiring a contractor.

3. It’s Not Suited for Every Dryer Setup

A washer and dryer in an industrial factory with various cleaning tools and agents scattered around

We manufacture SnugDryer, and of course, we like it when we sell them. But trust us: SnugDryer is simply not suited for some washer and dryer tandems.

Take basements, for example. Any dryer sitting with its back facing the concrete foundation would not benefit from SnugDryer at all. SnugDryer is meant to plug into a vent system enclosed in the drywall behind it, and in an unfinished basement, the dryer exhaust vent is almost always mounted well above the dryer. In this case, a flexible dryer vent hose is the only way to go.

More generally, if the dryer connection point in your ductwork isn’t already at the same height as the exhaust port on the dryer itself, SnugDryer may be more trouble than it’s worth. These cases can require cutting out large sections of drywall to adjust the position of the ductwork inside the walls.

If you really want your dryer to be flush with your wall for aesthetic purposes or you want to up your dryer’s efficiency, a project that intensive may be worth the financial investment. If not, though, you may simply have to rely on a dryer vent hose instead — after all, situations like that are what they’re made for.

Is a Gardus SnugDryer Dryer Vent Wall Plate Right for You?

By now, you should have a good understanding of what SnugDryer is, how it works, and the problems it’s meant to help solve. We’re confident that, for the right homeowner, SnugDryer can save space, increase your dryer’s efficiency, and even make your home safer. But ultimately that decision is yours.

If you find that your ductwork doesn’t line up with your dryer’s exhaust port or you don’t feel too comfortable with tools or drywall work (and you don’t want to pay a contractor), SnugDryer may not be the right fit for you.

But if you’re handy, if your home’s blueprint makes sense, or if you’re willing to make some adjustments (or pay a contractor), a SnugDryer is a great device to help improve your laundry room setup. You’ll end up with a dryer that fits the way you want it to and dries clothes with out-of-the-box efficiency.

The components of a LintEater Pro dryer vent cleaning kit laid out on a concrete floor

How to Use a Dryer Vent Cleaning Kit [6 Steps with Pictures]

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are nearly 16,000 dryer fires every year in the United States. Most of the time, these fires start due to an uncleaned dryer vent. As a dryer is used on a weekly basis, lint gathers in the vent hose and backs up over time. If it backs up too closely to the heating elements, that’s a house fire waiting to happen.

It’s best to keep your dryer vent clean and lint-free, but professional dryer vent cleaning can be expensive. Luckily, there’s a solution for the DIY-minded homeowner: dryer vent cleaning kits.

But how do you use a dryer vent cleaning kit?

And, beyond just lint, how do these kits help you clean out bigger blockages?

At HY-C, we manufacture LintEater, a home dryer vent cleaning kit designed to help you clean your own dryer vent and keep your home safe from accidental house fires. We understand that these cleaning kits are complex, so we want to show you how to use one.

In this guide, we’ll cover how to use a dryer vent cleaning kit step by step (we’ll use our own LintEater Pro as an example, but most of these kits operate very similarly to each other). We’ll also explain how to use the kit to clear larger obstructions (like birds nests) from your dryer vent, and we’ll include step-by-step pictures to make things as clear as possible.

Step 1: Take an Inventory

A layout of the separate components of a dryer vent cleaning kit

Before cleaning lint, blockages, or anything else from your dryer vent hose, the best thing to do is to take stock of your dryer vent cleaning kit to make sure all the components are present. Our LintEater Pro kit, for example, includes the following components:

  1. Four 36” rods
  2. One 2.5” lint brush
  3. One 4” auger brush
  4. One vacuum adapter
  5. One dryer/blower adapter (with size adjustment ring)
  6. One blockage removal tool (with nut)
  7. One drill adapter bit
  8. One button release pin tool

In order to capitalize on the kit’s rotary cleaning capabilities, you’ll also need a cordless drill. Be sure the drill’s chuck is big enough to accommodate the drill adapter bit (a drill with a ⅜” or ½” chuck will work well).

It’s optional, but if you have a Shop-Vac (or a similar vacuum), it will help greatly during the lint removal process.

Step 2: Clean out any Large Blockages

A rod, drill bit connector, blockage removal tool, and nut of a dryer vent cleaning kit

This step doesn’t require your drill yet (but keep it handy). Start by locating your dryer exhaust vent on the side of your home. You’ll have to remove that vent and any other protective covers that may be present on your home (like animal exclusion guards).

A black dryer vent cover on a house with white siding

After that’s off, attach the drill adapter to one of the rods, slide the blockage removal tool over the threaded portion of the drill bit adapter, and secure it in place with the nut.

From there, insert the rod into your dryer vent, continually rotating it clockwise as you slide it in. As you insert the full length of the rod all the way into the vent, connect another rod to continue pushing further into the vent.

If you feel any blockages (like a bird’s nest or a large chunk of lint), keep rotating the rod(s) to catch the blockage on the removal tool. Pull out any large obstructions you find until you reach the end of the vent hose.

After you’ve finished clearing these blockages out, you’re ready to tackle the dryer lint.

Step 3: Attach Your Vacuum

A vacuum hose connected to a flexible dryer vent pipe by way of a vacuum adapter

Pull your dryer out from the wall and disconnect the vent hose from the back. Next, insert the vacuum adapter into the vent hose and connect the vacuum hose into the vacuum adapter (if your vacuum hose doesn’t fit, try using the included adapter ring).

The rest of the cleaning process consists of pushing lint from the exhaust vent on the outside of your home toward the vacuum on the other end. If you don’t have a Shop-Vac-style vacuum, that’s okay — just understand that the lint will spill out of the hose and onto your floor, and you’ll have to pick it up after you’re finished.

Step 4: Assemble Your Cleaning Kit

Head back outside with the rest of your kit’s components. Insert the drill adapter bit back into your drill and attach a 36” rod. Depending on the kit you purchased, your rods may have button-style connectors, or they may be threaded and screwed into each other.

A dryer vent cleaning kit rod with a button-style connector about to connect with the drill bit connector attached to a drill

On the other end of this rod, attach the auger brush. Also, be sure to insert a fully-charged battery into your cordless drill.

The auger brush head of a dryer vent cleaning kit being connected to one of the kit's rods via a button-style connector

Step 5: Clean Your Dryer Vent

A dryer vent cleaning kit's auger brush head about to be inserted into a dryer vent hose

With the rod, auger brush, and drill connected, it’s time to clean the lint out of your dryer vent hose. Insert the auger brush head into the dryer vent and power on your drill. Be sure to utilize a medium to high power setting.

Push the auger head back and forth, moving your way deeper into the vent hose to dislodge dryer lint as you go. After you’ve pushed the first rod all the way into the hose, disconnect that rod from the drill and attach another one. Attach those two rods to each other, and hook everything back up to the drill. Additional rods will allow you to push even deeper into the vent hose.

Two dryer vent cleaning kit rods about to be connected to each other via a button-style connector

Repeat this process as many times as you need to until you reach the end of your vent hose or you run out of cleaning rods. (If the rods in your kit aren’t long enough to clean the entire vent hose, simply finish the job from the other end.)

The auger brush head of a dryer vent cleaning kit sticking out of the far end of a dryer vent hose

Step 6: Reconnect Your Vent Hose to Your Dryer

After you’ve cleaned out all the excess lint in the dryer hose, be sure to reconnect the hose to the back of the dryer. Also, reattach any dryer vent covers you may have removed from the outside of your home.

A before and after shot of a dryer vent hose when it was filled with lint and after it was cleaned

How Often Should You Clean Your Dryer Vent?

Dryer vent cleaning kits come with all kinds of parts and pieces that work together to help you keep your dryer vents lint-free. By now, you should have a sense of how those pieces work together, and how to use them to eliminate lint from your dryer vent effectively.

But cleaning just once isn’t enough. It’s best practice to clean your dryer vent three or four times a year, especially if you do laundry often for several members of your household. Keeping a clean vent not only helps to prevent house fires, but it also allows your dryer to run more efficiently.

If you don’t have a kit yet, it may be helpful to compare some of the most popular dryer vent cleaning kits on the market. This will help you to get a sense of which kit is the best fit for your dryer setup and will go a long way to reducing fire hazards in your home.

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SpinAway Web Removal Tool

SpinAway vs. Cobweb Duster: Which is Best to Remove Spider Webs?

If you’re a pest control professional, you know that de-webbing — the removal of spider webs from a client’s home — is an important part of the job. You may not put much thought into your cobweb duster, though; in fact, it’s possible that you’ve been using the same company-assigned spider web removal brush for years at a time without even realizing that there are different options available.

One such option is SpinAway, a drill-powered extendable brush that HY-C manufactures. SpinAway is good for all kinds of cleaning jobs, and, as we’ve used it and tested it ourselves, we’ve been particularly impressed with its de-webbing capabilities.

But is it the right tool to add to your pest control toolkit?

In this article, we’ll compare SpinAway to the classic, tried-and-true cobweb duster. After you’re done reading, you’ll know the pros and cons of each kind of de-webbing tool, and you’ll be ready to decide whether you want to keep using your traditional brush or if you’re the right kind of person to give SpinAway a try.

SpinAway: 3 Cobweb Removal Pros

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1. Automated Spinning Brush Head

When removing spider webs from a home, pest control professionals are taught to rotate their brush to sweep cobwebs away effectively and efficiently. With traditional brushes, this is a labor-intensive process. But SpinAway is designed to do the job for you.

SpinAway is made with a drill bit built into the end of its handle. All you have to do is attach the bit to a drill, extend the brush head to the appropriate length, and pull the drill’s trigger. The brush head will spin, utilizing centripetal force to sweep cobwebs from gutters, downspouts, and eaves — no arm or wrist twisting required.

2. Pain-Free De-Webbing

Pest control professionals know that as the day wears on, cobweb dusting can take its toll. Pushing and spinning that brush head back and forth across multiple houses for hours at a time is demanding on back and arm muscles.

SpinAway takes the torque out of your muscles and transfers it into the drill. All an operator has to do is hold the brush head in place and maintain proper posture. The rotation from the drill provides the cleaning force, giving your muscles a reprieve.

3. Faster Cobweb Removal

Cleaning spider webs from a house with a cobweb duster is a lot like mopping a floor: you have to push back and forth, ensuring you sweep up every web from every surface. De-webbing this way necessitates some overlap in the sections you’re scrubbing, which can add to the time it takes to get the job done.

With SpinAway, there’s no need for the “mop method” of de-webbing; just touch the brush head to the surface of the house, pull the drill’s trigger, and walk a straight line from one corner of the house to the next. The rotating head will catch the webs from all the cracks and crevices of the home with little to no need to go over the same surface twice.

SpinAway: 3 Cobweb Removal Cons

SpinAway Cobweb Removal Extended

1. Requires a Cordless Drill

One of SpinAway’s biggest strengths as a de-webbing tool may also be its biggest weakness to some: to use it to its potential, you’ll need a battery-powered drill. This can mean additional upfront costs ($40 to $100 or more for a drill and $30 to $50 or more for batteries), and if the batteries die or the drill breaks, it goes back to being just like any old cobweb duster.

The saving grace here is that most pest control professionals already have a cordless drill for removing downspouts, drilling holes to add and bait, etc. Even if you do already carry a drill with you on the job, be sure to note that SpinAway is very demanding on the life of your batteries, and it may be necessary to purchase a few extras. Also, keeping all those batteries fully charged will be its own battle.

2. Shorter than Traditional Cobweb Dusters

Classic extendable de-webbing tools clock in at anywhere from 12 to 20 feet long — plenty long enough to remove cobwebs from the exterior of just about any home. SpinAway, on the other hand, extends only to 5 feet in length, falling well short of even average-length cobweb dusters.

If you’re a pest control professional who works mostly on single-story buildings, SpinAway’s length shouldn’t be a problem. In terms of total reach (i.e., the length of the tool itself plus the amount of distance an average user can reach), SpinAway is good for about 10 feet. If you’re de-webbing two-story houses or other taller structures, though, the extra length of a traditional cobweb duster may be better for you.

3. Price

SpinAway retails for about $60. Other comparable cobweb dusters typically cost somewhere from $30 to $45, and that’s without even factoring in the cost for a drill and batteries, which can easily add at least another $50.

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Is SpinAway the Right Web Removal Tool for You?

Before now, you may not have given much thought to your cobweb duster. Now that you’re aware of SpinAway and its de-webbing capabilities, you may be wondering whether or not it’s the right tool for you.

If you’re looking to keep a low budget, you don’t already have a cordless drill, or you need to de-web two-story houses on a frequent basis, SpinAway may not be the right cobweb duster for you.

But if you have some money to spare, you already have a drill and some batteries, or especially if other de-webbing tools have been causing you pain in your back, hips, or arms, you may want to give SpinAway a try. It’s light, it’s quick, and its rotating brush head does a lot of the heavy lifting for you, keeping you fresh for the next job.

LintEater Dryer Vent Cleaning Kit In Use

The Top 3 Dryer Vent Cleaning Kits: Compared

You’ve almost certainly cleaned your dryer’s lint trap. But have you ever cleaned the vent hose? It’s a harder task, but it’s vital to perform — lint buildup in a dryer vent can lead to a fire in your laundry room that can quickly spread out of control.

Many people hire a professional cleaner, but DIY dryer vent cleaning is becoming a popular alternative. We should know — we own LintEater, the first retail dryer vent cleaning kit designed specifically for homeowners. And though we were the first, we’re not the only ones on the market anymore; plenty of other impressive dryer vent cleaning kits have hit the shelves since LintEater. But, with so many options available, which kit is right for you?

Let’s take a look at three rotary dryer vent cleaning kits: LintEater, Lint Wizard, and — far and away the most popular manufacturer on the market — Holikme. We’ll compare them along five different attributes:

  1. Rod length
  2. Rod material
  3. Rod attachment style
  4. Accessories
  5. Price

By the time you’re done, you’ll understand the ins and outs of what makes a rotary dryer vent cleaning kit work. You’ll also have a sense of the similarities and differences between three of the top kits on the market so you can find the right kit for your cleaning needs.

What Is a Rotary Dryer Vent Cleaning Kit?

LintEater Dryer Vent Cleaning Kit Diagram

Residential dryers have a vent hose attached that runs from the back of the dryer to the exterior of the home. Think of the dryer vent hose as the “exhaust pipe” of a dryer. Clothes can’t dry unless the moisture has some place to escape through, and that place is the dryer vent hose.

Over time, clothing lint inevitably gets sucked into the dryer vent hose and accumulates. The lint trap is supposed to help prevent this buildup, but lint traps can’t catch everything. Lint buildup in a dryer vent hose is very dangerous. Dryers get hot, and if lint gets near the dryer’s heating elements, that’s a house fire waiting to happen. In fact, there are nearly 16,000 dryer-related fires per year in the United States that result in hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

A rotary dryer vent cleaning kit is designed to help you clean the lint out of your dryer’s vent hose. These function primarily by way of three components:

  1. Extension rods
  2. A brush head
  3. A drill (not sold with the kits)

To operate the kit, just attach as many extension rods as necessary to your drill (enough to reach through the entire length of your vent hose), connect the brush head to the extension rods, insert the rods and brush into your dryer vent, and power on your drill. The rotating brush head will scrape lint out of the dryer vent as you push it in and out.

Comparing the Top 3 Rotary Dryer Vent Cleaning Kits

So, it’s clear that you should clean your dryer vent. Hiring a professional is always a viable option, but it also tends to be more expensive than if you were to do it yourself. And if you want to do it yourself, you need a dryer vent cleaning kit.

But which kit should you buy? One of the three top dryer vent cleaning kits on the market — LintEater, Lint Wizard, and Holikme — is a good place to start.

Let’s compare and contrast these three kits, taking a look at the length of their connector rods, the material of those rods, the method by which the rods attach to each other, the accessories included in each kit, and, finally, the price of each kit.

Rod Length

Rotary Dryer Vent Cleaning Kit - Rod Length

In the world of rotary dryer vent cleaning kits, a good rule of thumb is, “The longer the rod length, the better.” Shorter rods mean more connection points, and more connection points make the column of rods less stable as they spin. Longer rods are gentler on dryer vents, easier to operate, and offer superior cleaning results.

The Lint Wizard and Holikme kits offer 24” rods, while LintEater is the only dryer vent cleaning kit that offers 36” rods. And while the “Longer is better” rule of thumb is true, shorter extension rods are viable options for cleaning short, straight dryer vent hoses. So be sure to choose a kit with rods appropriate to the length of your dryer vent hose.

Rod Material

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Demonstration of the flexibility of nylon dryer vent cleaning kit rods

There are two materials that dryer vent cleaning kit rods are made from: plastic or nylon. Nylon is very flexible, which is advantageous — dryer vent hoses tend to twist and bend at all angles to extend from the dryer to the dryer exhaust vent. Flexible nylon rods have no trouble bending to follow the path of the dryer vent hose.

Plastic rods, while somewhat flexible, are a bit more rigid, and can break off and become stuck deep in the vent hose as a result. This could damage the vent hose, and the process of retrieving a broken extension rod can be frustrating.

Holikme kits and Lint Wizard kits come with plastic extension rods, while LintEater kits feature nylon rods. Despite their versatility, nylon rods do come with a glaring downside: they’re more expensive than their plastic counterparts (sometimes twice as expensive as kits with comparable lengths).

Rod Attachment Style

Rotary Dryer Vent Cleaning Kits - Rod Attachment Style

Dryer vent cleaning rods attach to each other in one of two ways: they can screw into each other, or they feature a spring-loaded, button-style locking mechanism. The button-style attachment (pictured above) is much more secure. It ensures the rods stay solidly locked in place during the cleaning process.

The threaded, screw-style method, on the other hand, is a bit more limiting. Because of the way the screw rods are threaded, you can only set your drill to spin clockwise. Counter-clockwise cleaning may cause the rods to become unscrewed from each other, resulting in wobbly rotation or even causing the rods to become disconnected from each other entirely, getting stuck in the dryer vent.

Holikme dryer vent cleaning kits are made only with screw-style extension rods. The Lint Wizard kits use only button-style extension rods. LintEater uses a mix of button and screw-style rods — the original LintEater and the LintEater extension kit use screw-style connections, and the LintEater Pro uses button-based connections.


Rotary Dryer Vent Cleaning Kits - Accessories

Dryer vent cleaning kits can come with a slew of accessories, some of which you may want, and some of which may just pad the price of the kit. Aside from the extension rods and the brush head, common accessories include:

  • A narrow lint brush attachment for cleaning lint traps
  • A vacuum adapter to vacuum out your dryer vent
  • A claw-like blockage removal attachment to help extract large clumps of lint
  • A lint-catching bag to attach to your home’s exterior vent to collect extracted lint

Holikme makes 14 different dryer vent cleaning kits, some of which come with just the bare-bones essentials while others come loaded with additional accessories.

LintEater and Lint Wizard kits come with vacuum adapters, lint trap brushes, and blockage removal tools. If you’re looking for a single, all-encompassing option, LintEater and Lint Wizard have you covered. Holikme, on the other hand, offers a great balance of accessory-heavy kits and cost-effective choices with just the essentials.


The four features above (rod length, rod material, rod attachment style, and accessories) are the factors that determine the price of a dryer vent cleaning kit. Kits can cost as little as $17 to as much as $45, and their prices vary between the big three manufacturers.

Holikme is both the most cost-effective and most expensive manufacturer of dryer vent cleaning kits. They make their kits in 15-feet, 25-feet, 30-feet, 40-feet, and 50-feet options. You can buy their rod-and-brush-only kits from $17 to $36 (depending on the length you need), or you can buy a 30-feet, 40-feet, or 50-feet kit with additional accessories for $30 to $44 (again, depending on length).

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Holikme rotary dryer vent cleaning kits pricing table

Lint Wizard’s options are a bit more straightforward: they sell a small duct cleaning kit for $15 and a large duct cleaning kit for $27. These kits are a great middle-of-the-road option from a price perspective, and they both come with the same number of accessories.

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Lint Wizard rotary dryer vent cleaning kits pricing table

LintEater offers both the original LintEater and the LintEater pro for $33 and $41, respectively. Both kits come with identical accessories. We also offer a smaller, more streamlined LintEater Junior with just two, 18-inch extension rods for $19, and the LintEater Pro Jr. (with button-style connection points) for around $21.

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Gardus’s LintEater rotary dryer vent cleaning kits pricing table

Which Dryer Vent Cleaning Kit Is Best for You?

So much of the answer depends on how your dryer is situated, how long its vent hose is, and how often you use the dryer. Your conditions may require a high-end, heavy-duty kit, or you may just need a bare-bones kit with few to little accessories.

The good news is that by now, you should have a great idea of which kit you need and what kind of features it should come with. After you decide, you’ll be ready to keep your dryer vent hose clean, lint-free, and safe from catching fire.

SpinAway Drill Brush: An Honest Review

“If you own anything, you’ve got to clean it.” Those are words that Paul Manning, the inventor of SpinAway, lives by. He and his wife Connie, both Louisianans, had been passionately developing, tweaking, and championing SpinAway for over 10 years before they decided to partner with HY-C.

Paul has run his own janitorial service for decades — he knows how to clean. But one day, a heart attack limited his ability to (quite literally) do the dirty work. Paul hated not being able to operate at full capacity; he believes that you should never ask anyone to do something you wouldn’t do, and his condition was causing him to have to do just that. Determined not to sit on the sidelines, Paul — with the help and support of Connie — began developing SpinAway.

But what is SpinAway? How is it different from other cleaning tools? What is it good at — and what isn’t it good at? In this guide, we’ll answer those questions (and more) to prepare you to jump into the world of rotary cleaning. By the end of this article, you’ll know exactly how tools like SpinAway work, and you’ll be ready to decide whether or not it’s the right tool for you.

What is SpinAway and How Does it Work?

SpinAway is an extendable rotary cleaning brush. Other extendable cleaning brushes get the job done just fine, but SpinAway comes with a drill bit on the end of its handle to attach to any cordless drill. That’s where the “rotary” component comes in: attach a SpinAway to your drill, extend or collapse it to the length you need, and pull the trigger. The removable brush head will spin as you hold onto the guide grip built into the handle and pull dirt and debris off surfaces (rather than rubbing it in).

SpinAway features no rustable components — the telescopic handle is made from aluminum and fiberglass. Its brush heads wear evenly as they rotate, ensuring consistent contact with surfaces as you use it.

Need to clean the brush head after a heavy-duty job? Just throw it in the washer and let it air-dry, or replace it entirely after it wears out. SpinAway can be used in wet or dry conditions. As far as using it with cleaning agents goes, wash & wax, neutralizing agents, Pledge, Windex, and soap all work very well.

Who Is SpinAway a Good Fit For?

One of the toughest things about using SpinAway is putting old cleaning habits out of your head. There’s no need to push or scrub; in fact, the brush works best if you simply rest it on a surface, pull the trigger on your drill, and let the bristles do their work with minimal pressure applied. Anyone from a custodian who cleans professionally all day long to a homeowner just looking to tidy up their house or car can make good use of the versatile brush head.

Paul developed it during his convalescence, and it’s still a powerful, effective cleaning tool for anyone who may be temporarily or permanently disabled. It’s adjustable between about three and five feet in length, and offers at least ten feet of total reach. It’s very light, too — weighing in at just 1.9 pounds, it takes minimal effort to maneuver.

Who Is SpinAway Not a Good Fit For?

SpinAway has some trouble with thick, sticky debris. Mechanics, septic tank cleaners, or any other roles which may encounter grease or coated residues may have better luck with more robust tools.

While SpinAway has many versatile uses, some cleaning tools are tailor-made for specialized jobs (and are hard to replace). Crime scene cleaners, for example, utilize specific, irreplaceable tools in their jobs. SpinAway isn’t a great fit for cleaning the inside of a barbecue pit, a surface that becomes greasy and oily after many uses. It’s also not best for cleaning grass off of a lawnmower — a job better left to a battery or gas-powered blower.

Advantages of SpinAway

SpinAway drill brush on stairs

We’ve tried out SpinAway on quite a few cleaning tasks. And despite its superb flexibility, there are three applications it serves particularly well: pest control, homes and businesses, and vehicles.

1. Pest Control

SpinAway can clean out bird nests and other animal-related debris, but we’ve found that it works especially well on spider webs. Spiders tend to make their webs in hard-to-reach-places like ceiling corners or soffits and fascias. SpinAway’s extendibility not only allows you to reach up high to these spots, but also to spin webs away to eliminate every last thread.

2. Homes and Businesses

Walls, windows, crowns, baseboards, ledges, edges, cracks, crevices — if you own a home or a business, it has these. And SpinAway can clean them. Use it wet or dry and polish up every square inch of your property. Outdoor furniture, bird baths, and swimming pools are also perfect targets for SpinAway’s rotating brush head.

3. Vehicles

Own a car or truck (or a fleet of cars or trucks)? Use spinaway to buff up your fenders, clean off your windshield, and remove debris from your doors — inside and out. It works well on ATVs and motor homes, too.

If you have more of a nautical bent, SpinAway is great for boats. Whether you need to clean algae off the hull or slime out of the live well, SpinAway can tackle it, wet or dry.

Disadvantages of SpinAway

While SpinAway’s cleaning functions are pretty far reaching, we’ve found that it has a lot of trouble with axle grease on vehicles. We would recommend sticking to a more traditional degreaser-and-rag-style solution in this case.

This isn’t necessarily a cleaning limitation, but something to look out for when using SpinAway: be careful near dangling strings, like those attached to your blinds. Like a vacuum, SpinAway’s spin doesn’t pair well with small components that may get caught in it.

Unlike a vacuum, though, SpinAway doesn’t always need to be used with the drill running. If you want to avoid getting things tangled up in the bristles, just run it without the drill — you can still use it effectively, wet or dry.

Is a SpinAway Right for You?

If you have a trusty extendable cleaning brush that works well for you already, no problem. But if SpinAway has piqued your interest, you can find one on or on Amazon. We’ve outlined what we know it can do, but try one out for yourself. Get creative with it. Push it to its limits. We want to know where it succeeds and, more importantly, where it fails, so we can continue to take Paul Manning’s ingenious tool to the next level.