Summer is almost here, and you know what that means: it’s time to take the fans out of the box and wonder how the hell they got in the dirt.uh since you last saw them. Hair, dirt, lint, and all kinds of other coarse airborne stuff builds up on fans over time – and if you don’t clean them, it’ll all come back to your face.
The good news is that most household fans are very easy to take apart and clean, even if you’re not a real handyman. All you will need is a Phillips screwdriver, a small bowl or dish for the screws, two rags, and vinegar or dish soap. An old toothbrush or a small bottle brush can help go in nooks and crannies, but if you don’t have one, rags will do just fine.
You will be dealing with a lot of dust, so I highly recommend that you clean your fans outside. (Seriously, get on your front porch if you have to – it won’t take long.) Locate the screws that hold the displays, unscrew them, and set the displays aside. Store the screws in a small bowl or dish so they do not roll on you. Use a rag to wipe dust and hair from screens, blades, and any other dirty-looking parts, shaking off the excess in the breeze as you go. Once you have deleted solids, apply vinegar to the other cloth and attack what remains. A few drops of dishwashing liquid will dissolve the extra stubborn grease, but be sure to remove all traces of soap thoroughly residue so as not to attract more dust.
When everything has been cleaned upto your satisfaction, leave it fan disassembled in the sun to dry. If you don’t have the outside space for this, dry everything as best you can with a clean, dry towel. All that remains is to replace the screens and screws and enjoy an afresh, clean up broken.
Depending on the type of dirt that regularly flies through the air in your home, you may need to repeat this process once or twice during fan season, especially if it is overlapping a wildfire and DIY air purifier season, like here in Portland. But once you see how easy it is to clean a fan, you’ll never let yours get hopelessly grody again.