Things You'll Need
Protective eyewear (optional)
Protective mask (optional)
Screwdriver, Phillips head (optional)
Small bowl (optional)
Air compressor or a can of compressed air
Tower fans' small surface footprint and height of cooling wind make them useful for small spaces. Just like regular fans, tower style fans collect a lot of dust with use. While regular fans are typically designed to be taken apart for cleaning, most tower fans prove problematic to clean with a vacuum and cloth the way most manufacturers recommend. With a few simple tools, you can clean and maintain tower fans so a cool breeze does not have to mean a dusty home or office.
Set the tower fan in front of you, unplugged, in an area safe to clean in. Put on the protective eyewear and mask to keep the dust and debris out of your eyes and lungs during the cleaning process.
Detach the panel by removing the screws, if your model has a panel. If yours does not have a panel, skip to Step 3. Place the screws in the small bowl set both the panel and bowl to the side.
Shake the can of compressed air well for 30 seconds. If you're using an air compressor, apply the blower nozzle and turn the air compressor on, allowing it to build up pressure for the manufacturer's recommended time (typically 30 seconds to two minutes).
Use the compressed air to blow the dust off the panels, aiming at not only the flat surfaces but into visible accessible crevices, starting at the top of the fan and working your way down.
Turn the fan tower 180 degrees. Use a brush to clean off any remaining dust and dirt on the fan. If you had to remove a panel, put the panel back in place and secure with the screws. Plug the fan in and turn it on.
Based in Southern California, Daniel Holzer has been a freelance writer specializing in labor issues, personal finance and green living since 2004. His recent work has appeared online at Green Your Apartment and other websites. Holzer studied English literature at California State University, Fullerton.