How Do I Get Pencils Out Of LST Radiators?

How Do I Get Pencils Out Of LST Radiators?

Posted by Robin Mansell on 14 December 2018 09:00:11 GMT
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Here at Contour we understand that in some environments, such as schools and nurseries, there is a chance of pencils and other small items like pens and crayons being pushed through LST radiator covers. 

We have designed LST radiators in such as a way that, if this happens, retrieving the items is simple, quick and easy and have put together this blog post to guide you through it.

Read on to find out more…

Easy Access For Cleaning

RotaRad For LST Radiators | Contour Heating | Shifnal, West Midlands


In hygiene conscious environments, such as schools, it’s vital that LST radiators are regularly cleaned to remove dust and germs that could result in increase absenteeism if they are left unchecked.

Contour have partnered with RotaRad to include their rotating radiator valves in the design of our LST radiators. 

This means that the radiators can be lowered to floor level when they are cleaned allowing staff to easily remove any items, such as paper, that may have been pushed through into the cover.

Using RotaRad valves means that there is little risk of blockages being caused inside the radiator covers because items can be more easily removed.

If a lot of items do build up over time and are not removed, this can cause a reduction in heat output from the LST radiator as heat will not be able to properly be expelled into the room.

RotaRad are WRAS, KTW and ACS approved and can be installed onto new and existing LST radiators. Additional benefits of the RotaRad system are:

  • Flame-free installation
  • Simple and fast to fit and operate
  • Reliable, safe and economic
  • A design life of 50 years minimum
  • Can be rotated through 360 degrees
  • Slimline, unobtrusive and paintable

There are cost benefits of installing RotaRad into LST radiators.

RotaRad means that instead of it taking two people taking thirty minutes to clean one radiator, Contour radiators can be cleaned by one person in just ten minutes.

In the education system where budgets are constantly being made tighter, this can be a huge benefit.

Additionally, staff are then free to complete other tasks because spaces can be turned around faster.

The financial saving being made on cleaning can be invested in other areas such as for more equipment or staff, therefore improving cost-efficiency.


Fitting LST radiators with RotaRad valves will mean that you can have easier access to the back of the radiator to remove any small item that has been pushed through or spillages. 

RotaRad can be installed onto new and existing radiators and is designed to be more cost effective for schools and nurseries who are feeling the squeeze of budget cuts.

Would you like to find out more about how RotaRad valves could give easier access to your LST radiators for cleaning? Fill out the form below and a heating expert will be in touch!

About Us

Contour produces a range of innovative, safe surface temperature systems for healthcare, education, mental health, commercial and secure sectors, working in close partnership and collaborating with architects, M&E engineers, NHS Trusts, local authorities, design consultants and contractors to deliver outstanding safe heating solutions.

Contour is the exclusive partner of BioCote® anti-microbial technology for LST and anti-ligature radiators.  BioCote® additives reduce bacteria by up to 99.9%. Contour combine an extensive range of colour-paints is  with BioCote® for a durable, high-quality finish.

Contour’s heating solutions offer secure, single-person quick access to radiator guard interiors for regular deep cleaning and maintenance.  Each year, Contour save the NHS millions of pounds in cleaning costs, therefore delivering cleaner, safer environments.  Contour is redefining the marketplace and therefore many regard us as a design and innovation leader within the industry.

Contour have a quality- first philosophy. Our customer-focused team possess a ‘can-do’ attitude, they take pride in developing solutions for your heating requirements.

Contact us at:

The Mansions, 43 Broadway Shifnal

Shropshire TF11 8BB United Kingdom

+44 1952 290 498

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