How to clean your electric fan

How to clean your electric fanHow to clean your electric fan

With these tips, you will be cleaning all types of fans like a pro!

Every newly purchased electrical fan will definitely come with its own instruction manual. And it is this manual that you should read first before tackling the issue on how to clean an electric fan. This step is crucial because it would contain added information about the electric fan, particularly the model you just bought.

But there are so many different types of electrical fans. There are tower fans, standing fans, table fans, wall mounted fans, box fans and even floor fans. But no matter the type, you still need to clean them every now and then to maintain the performance of your fan.

How to clean an electric fan

How to clean your electric fan

Despite the different types and models, the general idea of how to clean an electric fan in the same. Basically, all non-electrical parts of the fan that can be dismantled can be cleaned. Just remember to unplug the fan from the electrical source before you start.

Tower fans

Tower fans are not so commonly used these days if you do not count those bladeless fans that are a breeze to wipe down. When cleaning the older generation tower fans, you should never open or dismantle any of the parts unless otherwise mentioned in the instruction manual because if you do, you risk ruining your entire tower fan.

A simple wipe down of the exterior with a damp cloth should suffice. Then vacuum all the dust from between the vents of your tower fan by using the brush attachment and your vacuum cleaner.

Standing fans, table fans, wall mounted fans and most fan types

  1. Start by dismantling the front grill by releasing two clips that are usually found on the top and the bottom. Some models just have one clip and a two-pronged hook on the top.
  2. The blades of the fan can also be removed by unscrewing the middle attachment.
  3. Then remove the back grill by unscrewing another middle attachment situated behind the middle part of the blades.
  4. If the grills and blade have a lot of dust or oil build-up you can always give it a quick soak in warm soapy water before scrubbing it with a sponge.
  5. You can either air dry the grills and blades or wipe them with a clean dry cloth.
  6. While waiting for the parts to dry completely, wipe down the exterior of the fan with a damp cloth.
  7. Make sure that all the parts are completely dry before you reassemble your fan to its original state.

Box fans

How to clean your electric fan


  1. Depending on what model you have, the front and back grill may be held together by a clip or a screw. If it is held together with a screw, then use a screwdriver to remove the screws. Remember to keep the screws in a safe place so that you do not misplace them.
  2. Remove the front grill to expose the fan blade and then wipe the blades with a soft damp cloth if they are not removable.
  3. If they are removable, then dismantle it so you can do a more thorough cleaning of the back grill.
  4. You can also add a tiny amount of detergent in the rinsing water for the damp cloth if the box fan is really dirty, but be sure to clear free of all the motor and other electrical components.

Floor fans

  1. Floor fans tend to get really dusty. To avoid the dust from going everywhere you can start by vacuuming between the grills with the brush attachment on. Make sure to pay more attention to the back grill.
  2. Remove the front grill, and wipe the blades with a soft damp cloth with some mild detergent.
  3. Remember to remove all accessories on your hand when wiping floor fans as they are mostly made of metal including the blades. If you have unplugged the fan, chances it won't hurt you. But the blades or metal parts could scratch a watch for example, if you're not careful.

When you consistently follow these steps on how to clean an electric fan, you are actually ensuring its optimum state. This in turn make it perform much better compared to a dusty and grimy fan. When was the last time you cleaned your fan?

Written by

Rosanna Chio