Cleaning Bathroom Exhaust Fans
You should always run your fans while using the shower or bath. Then you should let it run for 10-15 minutes right after. This helps to remove any leftover moisture that might be in the air. You definitely don't want mold and mildew to form in these areas.
When your fan is running and the air is being pulled up and through you fan, dust and dirt particles from the air can build up on the fan cover, the grille cover, and the actual motor of your fan as well. These need routine cleaning - about every 6 months if you have a large family and probably only once a year for a small family.
Read on to learn the process of cleaning the vent and fan in your bathroom:
To clean a bathroom vent fan:
1. Make sure you turn off the fan. You can turn it off via the circuit breaker, but just having it turned off should be fine.
2. You vent cover is held up using spring clips. Squeeze/press them and you should be able to remove it. You might just be able to pull down on your vent and it will automatically release on its own. Once you have it about 3/4 removed, you might need to squeeze the wire clips to completely remove it.
3. Grab your vacuum and vacuum out the interior of your fan. Use the dusting brush to do so. If you have a small, skinny attachment you might be able to use this to get to the actual blades. Clean around the motor as best you can. For hard to reach spots, use a crevice tool.
4. Place your vent cover onto a towel. Using your vacuum, clean it off. If you have some extra build up, place it in the sink filled with hot water. You can add 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of baking soda. This can be dissolved in the water and then it will help get your vent clean without you having to do extra scrubbing. If you do scrub, make sure on the exterior that you don't scrape it or scratch the surface. You need to take your time and be gentle but thorough.
5. Now all you need to do is replace your fan cover.
Make it a great one!
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