Help Desk: Clean Your Standing Fan

September 20, 2018

Help Desk: Clean Your Standing Fan

How often do you clean your standing fan? How often do you even think about it? If your answer is never, you’re not alone. But it’s definitely time to give your fan a good clean, like, now. Don’t know where to begin? No problem. Melissa Maker, owner of Toronto-based cleaning service Clean My Space is here to help. “It’s easy!” she told us. Here’s what you need to do.


You’ll need:

A bath towel (old towels work great for cleaning!)

A smaller towel (a dish towel will work fine)

A can of compressed air (in a pinch, a blow-dryer will work)

A vacuum with a duster attachment

A microfiber cloth

An all-purpose cleaner


Step 1: Start by turning off and unplugging your fan.


Step 2: Lay the bath towel down on the floor. “The terry towels are clingy,” Maker explains. “They help trap dust that falls off the fan while you’re cleaning.” Stand the fan on top of the towel.


Step 3: Using the duster attachment, vacuum the outside of your fan. This will suck out (some of) the dust that’s built up over time.


Step 4: Drape the smaller towel over one side of the fan, almost like a cape.


Step 5: Spray the undraped side of the fan with compressed air. “As dust comes off the fan, it will either hit the draped towel or fall onto the towel on the floor,” says Maker.


Step 6: Drape the smaller towel onto the other side of the fan, and repeat step 5.


Step 7: Using a microfiber cloth and an all-purpose cleaner, wipe the fan down to clean off any excess dust.



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