How to Clean Air Fans
Air fans offer effective, low-cost spot cooling during heat waves. They can also reduce your air conditioning costs by keeping the cool air circulating. But fan blades are a prime place for dust, shed hairs and other debris to accumulate -- you don't want that re-circulating in your air. A regular cleaning when you pull the fan out of storage, and any time you see dust accumulating on the blades, will help keep your air clean.
Unplug the fan. Slide the safety clips holding the front and the back of the fan together off the fan. If they don't come off easily, use a butter knife to gently pry them off. Some fan grilles are screwed together; use a screwdriver to remove the screws.
Remove the front grille and set it aside. Unscrew the cap holding the fan blades in place. Set the cap aside and remove the blades.
Wipe the edges of the fan blades, then the front and back of each blade, with a soft, dry cloth. Wipe the front and back of the grille, and the motor housing, with another soft, dry cloth. A dry toothbrush may help get the accumulated debris out from between the grille bars.
Moisten another cloth with a mixture of mild soap and water. Wipe the edge of each fan blade, then the front and back of the blade assembly, removing any dirt. Be careful not to get the fan motor or motor housing wet. If this doesn't get the fan blade clean, you can submerge and wash it in a sink full of soapy water.
Dry the fan blades with another soft cloth, then set them face-down on a hand towel for about 10 minutes. This allows any remaining moisture to dissipate.
Reattach the fan blades to the fan motor. Reassemble the grille and clip or screw it securely in place.
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