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Clothes comming out grey and has a soot like stuff on door and inside drum that we cleaned off with carpet cleaner. Cleaned out lint from under link catcher and it was very black.. How do I clean all of the dryer to stop this?

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Sounds to me like that lint is just about to catch fire good. To clean the dryer itself unplug it and from the backside remove the back off of it. Should be 4 maybe 6 5/16" bolts you can remove with a nut driver. Some have the option for a flathead screwdriver. Now clean the duck ways inside the dryer. Now we need to make sure that this was not an even bigger issue. So once you get the dryer back together, and before you hook the vent hose up to it, plug it in and make sure you get plenty of air flow out that vent on the back. If you do the the dryer is cleared. Also check the ventilation tract in the home itself. This gets plugged from time to time and could have led to the dryer also being so plugged. You can either have a duct cleaning service come check and/or clean it out or if you can find where the vent exit on the outside of your home is. Take a high powered air compressor and put an air gun adapter on it and charge the compressor. Wear proper eye protection and, from the outside, blow that air passage clear. It will make a mess but this is what the duct cleaning service will do when they come out so if you can do this you will save some good money. That black is a sign of that lint catching some real intense heat. I would recommend you take care of this before you dry anymore. I would hate to see a place burn down from the dryer catching fire and it has happened.

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