How To Clean A Fan
Let’s talk about some fan cleaning methods. Keep fan blades and screens clean to prevent dust from blowing through the house. Dusting monthly should suffice, but if you notice accumulations between cleanings, dust more frequently. Before you clean any fan, turn off the power source. Unplug portable fans and cut the circuit to ceiling or whole-house fans.
Carefully remove the screens, then wipe each blade with a soft cloth dampened with warm soapy water (use a mild dish washing liquid). Make sure you do not get the cloth too wet, because you do not want to get water into the fan’s motor or gears. Use a soft bristled brush on the screen to clean crevices. Wait until all parts of the fan are dry before reassembling it and plugging it in.
Floor fans- Wipe the fan with a soft, damp cloth. Use a mild detergent if necessary. For all fan types- Clean your fan by using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove most lint and dirt. We also recommend using a can of compressed air to clean dirty or dusty interior blades.
The easiest way to clean dust off of internal fan blades is through the use of compressed air. Cans of compressed air can be purchased at most hardware and office supply stores.
Floor, table and window fans.
Dust regularly on both sides of the grille. Then use a vacuum-cleaner brush attachment or duster. Make sure the fan is unplugged and clean the blades and inner parts with a hair dryer or a can of compressed air. If the grilles can be removed then hose them down. You can also put them under the shower two or three times a year. Then scrub with a brush to remove dirt. Clean blades and other plastic parts with a cloth. Use a cloth sprayed with or dipped in an all-purpose cleaner.
How to clean attic fans. Brush and vacuum the louvers and screening at least once a season for maximum airflow. Some fans are thermostatically controlled, so be sure that the fan is turned off. You don’t want to try to clean a fan that is turned on!