Floor fans get a lot of use during the summer months, which means they fill up fast with dust and dirt. If your fan has developed a grunge look, it’s probably time for a clean. This is generally a quick task that leaves your air cleaner and your house cooler.
Turn off and unplug your fan. Never attempt to clean your fan while it’s still connected to a power source.
Remove the fan’s front grill by unscrewing it with your screwdriver. If your floor fan doesn’t have screws, there should be clips holding the front grill to the back grill that you can pop off with your fingers. If it’s unclear what to do, consult your owner’s manual for directions.
Some fans may have a blade cap, which is located in the center of the fan blade. Unscrew this until it is loose and then pull it off.
Slide the fan blade off the back grill. Again, consult your owner’s manual if you have any questions.
Optional: Remove the back grill from the base of the fan. Some fans have a back grill nut that needs to be unscrewed before you can do this.
You should now have three parts to clean: A front grill, the fan blades, and a back grill. If your fan has a lot of dust and debris built up, take a rag and remove as much as you can now, before you start rinsing with water.
Add about 1/2 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid into the bucket of warm water.
Dip a clean rag into the bucket of warm water and wipe down the fan blades and grills. If your fan has a lot of dirt, make sure you rinse the rag frequently to avoid just spreading dirt around. Note: Be careful not to get the fan motor wet while wiping down these areas. The mechanical parts can be damaged by water.
After you have rinsed all surfaces thoroughly, take a dry rag and wipe the surfaces down one last time to remove any leftover debris.
Lay the grills and fan blades on top of your towel to dry. Allow the pieces to completely dry before your reassemble the fan.
Stay cool, my friends.