It was starting to take an unusually-long time to de-fog the bathroom in the mornings after my shower, and when I looked up at the fan vent, all I saw was dust and grime. Time to clean it out. Had I known it was going to be this easy I probably would have done it a long time ago.
Here’s what I used:
- Phillips screwdriver
- Shop vac (with a brush attachment)
- dry rag
Here’s how to clean it.
1. Turn off the power. Safety first. Make sure that the power is off.
2. If you have a simple fan (without a light), you should be able to pull down lightly, squeeze some pins on the side, and pull the grate off. If you fixture (like mine) has a light, you’ll need to pull the light cover down first (mine was plastic, but when the sides were squeezed together it popped right off.
3. Remove the light
4. Remove the grating and then look for screws and remove the piece that holds (and powers) the light. It is likely plugged in (along with the fan)– carefully unplug and remove.
5. Unplug the fan as well.
6. Use the shop vac to clean all the dust and other gross-ness off everything you can see.
7. I was unable to get my fan out of the ceiling, so I used a toothbrush to clean the fan blades and everything else I could see. This resulted in a dust shower all over the floor, but boy was it exhilarating to get all the crud out of the fan.
9. Attach the grating and the piece that holds the light back into the ceiling with the screws
10. Put the light back in.
11. Pop the light cover back in.
12. Turn on the power and test it.
I’ve listened to the difference, and my fan seems to be operating a lot smoother– not to mention my light is a ton brighter after cleaning out the light cover.
What Spring Cleaning projects have you been working on lately?