A dusty fan can present an unhealthy situation for your family. When you run a dusty fan, you're circulating allergens and other impurities back into the air. If the dust gets into the fan's mechanisms, it can cause the fan to malfunction. That's why it's so important to include the cleaning of your stand fan in your housekeeping routine. Before cleaning your fan, make sure it's unplugged.
How to Remove Fan Blades
To clean a standing fan, you'll first have to remove the cage that protects the blades. The cage will either have clips that hold the front and back together, or the components are attached with screws. Unsnap the clips or use a screwdriver to remove the screws, and take the front grill off of the fan. If the back grill comes off, remove that as well.
Next, unscrew the cap that holds the fan blades on to the cap. You should be able to twist and then unscrew the cap for removal. After removing the cap you should be able to slip the blades out for cleaning.
How to Clean Fan Blades
Take a dry cloth and dust the fan blades and grills to remove any loose dust. For more stubborn dirt, use a damp cloth or sponge. If something stronger is needed, you can use the scrubbing side of a sponge, but avoid using anything too abrasive or it will scratch the metal and remove the paint. An old toothbrush or dampened cotton swabs will remove dirt from corners as well as around screws and hardware. When the blades and grill are clean, dry all the parts with a dry towel and put the fan back together.
Cleaning the Rest of the Fan
Take your damp cloth and clean the fan base and stand. If needed, use your toothbrush or cotton swabs to get into all the corners and around any switches and buttons. If there's stubborn dirt, use a mild household cleaner. Wipe any dust off the cord. Allow the fan to dry completely before plugging it back in.
A handheld vacuum or vacuum with a hose attachment can help to keep loose dust off the fan between big cleanings. Run the vacuum over the blades and cage to remove any dust particles.
A dusty fan puts your family in an unhealthy situation and can prevent the fan from working properly. Regular cleaning will keep the fan functioning longer while your family breathes easy.
Deb Ng is a freelance writer and published author with over 17 years of experience in creating content for the web. Prior to her freelance career, she worked for over 12 years in traditional (print) publishing. In her spare time, Deb is an avid gardener who loves nothing more than bringing flowers and vegetables to life. She doesn't have as much time to spend outside as she'd like, however, because she's also assisting her husband with the DIY projects needed to complete their family home. See Deb's gardening and home improvement articles at LoveToKnow, Wisegeek, and Alloy.