How do i clean a fan?

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  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 27, 2021

    I clean my box fans and upright fans each summer. I first unscrew the grate cover on the front side (put the screws in a cup so you don't lose them. Then I run the cover grate in the kitchen sink using a dish brush to clean it. Then I use wet wipes and a bit of Dollar Tree Awesome Orange to clean the fan blades. Screw cover back on, and your good to go.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jun 27, 2021

    Hello. Fans do you collect lots of dusty crusty residues. Opening them up and carefully cleaning them seems to be a worthwhile adventure.

  • William William on Jun 27, 2021

    A few ideas here


    https://www.hometalk.com/search/posts?filter=clean%20fan

  • Here is how to clean a fan without removing the casing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBeVXNrZ0_I

  • I haven't used fans in a long time, but I used to unplug them, then unscrew the metal frame, use vinegar and water on a rag to scrub the blades and wash the wire frame. Then I put it all back together again.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 27, 2021

    Hi G. A. Is this a ceiling fan or a floor/window box fan? If a ceiling fan, turn it off, get a moist cloth and wipe down the blades on the top, bottom and sides, then wax them. If a floor/window box fan, unplug it and the front cage should have clips that will open the front of the fan, or there maybe screws in the back. The knob that is in the centre of the fan should unscrew and you can take the blades off and clean the insides of the fan motor with a toothbrush or similar brush. Then, clean off the blades, wax them and clean the cage and reassemble. That should do it.


    Or, you can stick a moist foam brush into the fan and clean it that way. Vacuum the fuzz that is stuck to the front cage.


    Good luck

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jun 29, 2021

    are you talking about a ceiling fan or like a box type fan??

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGKM0ldrlEM


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAKROBeLoH0

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Jun 29, 2021

    Swiffer duster

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jun 30, 2021

    Hi! If it's a fan you use for cooling, unplug it and then take the protective grills off. Some unscrew and some just pop off. I use my hand vacuum and microfiber cloths to get the inside nice and clean.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jun 30, 2021

    If the fan is an electric plug-in type:

    Liquid dishwasher soap and hot water work well on removing greasy dust that has gunked on to plastic fan grills. Remove the grills first to avoid getting any water near the fan motor.

  • Beka 6 Beka 6 on Jun 30, 2021

    Air compressor

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jun 30, 2021

    Microfiber duster that is bendable should do the trick.

  • What kind of fan are you looking to clean? A ceiling fan, portable fan, bath fan or another type? Generally dusting them or vacuuming the dust off gets most of it, then wiping with a damp rag gets most the rest.

  • Dee Dee on Jul 01, 2021

    Are you looking to clean a ceiling fan or rotating fan? A ceiling fan can be cleaned with windex. The rotating fan you need to take off the cover then you can spray and clean.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jul 01, 2021

    Take the cage off and the clips on the sides open then they slide up next there is a round screw cap on the front of the blade unscrew it counter clock wise off then pull blade off then unscrew the round ring holding the back cage on then the back comes off

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 03, 2021

    For ceiling fans use a pillow case, put over a blade and pull off gently. Dust stays inside case.