The Ultimate Guide To Clean Your Fan At Home

There is nothing more refreshing than a cool breeze on a hot summer day. Whether it's a box fan, ceiling fan, or window fan, it should be cleaned regularly to function well. Take a look at a few steps to clean your fan at home.


How often should I clean the fan?

Because of dirt and particles in the air, fans become dirty very quickly. The cleaning frequency is dependent on the level of dust in your home or your space.

Deep cleaning should proceed at least quarterly especially during heavy-use periods.

  • For personal fans: it can go between 4-6 weeks without cleaning. If your room becomes dusty, it’s a good time to clean your fan.
  • For kitchen or living ceiling fan: it needs to be cleaned more frequently.

How to clean a fan?

To clean your fan, let’s prepare:

  • Dish soap
  • Warm water
  • Screwdriver (optional – for fans with a grate)
  • A couple of towels

For personal fan


Step 1: Before cleaning, turn the fan off and unplug it.

Step 2: Remove the grate from your fan to get the best cleaning.

Step 3: if you have a handheld vacuum, use it to prevent scratches.

Step 4: Wipe down the grate with a damp cloth.

Step 5:Wipe down fan blades with another towel.

Step 6: Dry the fan blades and cover.

Step 7: Reattach all parts onto the fan.

For ceiling fan

Ceiling fans are difficult to clean weekly. Follow these steps if you want to make your ceiling fan cleaner. 

Step 1: Pull out a step ladder or take an extendable pole and attach a duster to the end of it. 

Step 2: Turn a ceiling fan off

Step 3: Clean each fan blade individually

Step 4: If necessary, use an all-purpose cleaner and clean the blade

For box fan

Step 1: Unplug the power for safe

Step 2: Depending on your box fan model, the front and bank grill may be held together by a clip or a screw. If it's held together with screws, unscrew them. 

Step 3: Clean the cover:

To clean the front and back covers, you can put them into the bathtub and mix them in the water.

Step 4: Clean the blade:

Mix the vinegar and water or cleaning agent onto a clean cloth. You can reuse clothes that were used to clean the box fan cover after rinsing it and wringing out the excess water, wipe the blades with the cloth multiple times until the blades are completely cleaned.

Step 5: Brush the motor

Use a dust brush to remove the dirt in the motor.

Step 6: Reassemble the box fan

Make sure all parts have dried before reassembling them.

In summary

Fans make your room cooler when AC is not your option. Dirty fan blades won't give you healthy air. Therefore, cleaning your fan regularly is necessary. Cleaning fans at home can be simple if you know these steps.