Many of us worry about filtering out the stale air in bathrooms. Leave it be and pretty soon your shower stall and toilet will stink. So, what’s to be done here?
Install a bathroom exhaust fan. Installing one of the best products will keep you away from nasty stink for a while (Keyword: For a while).
Things start to go bad when we forget to clean up the mess inside an exhaust fan. People procrastinate the most when it comes to handling these things.
The fact is, you need to pick the machine apart piece by piece, clean it, and then put it back together. It might not look like much of a hassle but believe me, it is. At least, it is to me.
Yet, I did it last Sunday. I got my set of tools for the job, unscrewed the whole thing, cleaned it, and assembled it within an hour.
Do you want to know how?
Grab your reading glasses and go through my article on How to Clean Bathroom Fan.
Why Go Through All the Trouble?
Some of you are guessing the obvious answer. An exhaust fan keeps odor away from the bathroom. Cleaning this thing keeps odor away from itself. Cleanliness is a part of hygiene too. This is true.
However, there’s another answer to the question. Most of you might not know the fact that an exhaust fan dries moisture up pretty quickly. As a result, the wall on which it’s mounted doesn’t sag. The bathroom fittings remain mold and odor-free.
Not cleaning this tool properly might clog up the internal mechanisms. As a result, it’ll make weird noises and will have dirt stuck in the motor. In the worst-case scenario, it’ll stop working altogether.
Thus, people need to take care of it while they have the chance.
Tools of the Trade!
Okay, since we covered the “Why we should clean it,” section, let’s move on to the tools we need for the job. I’ll be listing the things I need for the task below:
- Vacuum Cleaner (Don’t forget to take a hose with it).
- Cloth (You need it to wipe stuff off the face of the fan).
- A ladder to climb on to clean all the debris.
- Protective Clothing to prevent dirt getting into your clothes.
- A screw driver for all the intricate parts.
- Soap (If you need it during the cleaning Op).
- Warm water (Obviously.)
- Two buckets.
All set? Got the things you need? Then let’s jump into the meaty part of the discussion where I put all these things to use.
How to Clean Bathroom Exhaust Fan Within Minutes?
It’s all too easy. It took me a few hours because I was doing it the first time. The job shouldn’t take you more than half an hour if you go “Procedural” about it. Stay calm and follow the steps one by one.
- Switch off the power to the fan before you proceed with cleaning the fan. Leaving power on can cause serious electrocution issues and damages to both internal and external organs of yours.
- Take a look at the cover of your bathroom’s exhaust fan. If you find it relatively clean, you can proceed to step three. If you see dirt hanging from the holes, use a vacuum cleaner to clean it.
- You’d do well to clean the cover thoroughly under running water. Or, just submerge it under the solution of warm water and soap in a bucket. At this point, people use a cloth or a sponge to rub it. Once clean, take it out and dry it under the sun for some time.
- While the inner part of the fan is exposed, reach for the blades with your vacuum cleaner. Turn the cleaner once more to suck out any debris that might be lying there.
- Unscrew the blades properly from their place. After that, clean the vents beyond that. Use the vacuum cleaner to do it quickly. Get the blades into a separate bucket and clean them by dipping in warm water and soap’s solution. Rub them clean and then dry under the sun.
- After unscrewing the blades, you’ll find the motor. DO NOT wipe the motor with a wet cloth. Use a dried one if you have to.
- The next part begins with putting everything back together. Put the motor in place and place the screws. Tighten them with the screwdriver and then put the blades back in. Do the same (tighten them). Plug the motor into the socket for power.
- Next thing to do is to put the springs in place and seal the cover tightly in place. While assembling the fan, make sure all the parts are dry.
- Lastly, please do a raincheck on the fan to see if it is working as it should. Turn the main power outlet on. If everything goes smoothly, you’ll see your fan running faster than before. If it has multiple speed levels, cycle through the levels to see if the transitions are smooth or not.
Wrapping It Up
I believe people won’t circle around the cleaning gig after reading this piece. Now that you know how to clean a bathroom fan, you shouldn’t face problems regarding inconsistent speed or noise levels. Cleaning the device in every three months (depending on the type of dirt it accumulates) is a job well done.
Just a tip though, whenever you uncover the outer part of the fan for the first time, make sure to bring out your Smartphone and snap two or three pictures of this thing from different angles. This will help you understand the intricacies of the wiring, screws, nuts, and bolts better. The job will become a lot easier once you are familiar with the layout.