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Dealing with mold and mildew in the bathroom? Your bathroom exhaust fan may need cleaning.
We all have those things around the house that we know we need to clean but put off doing forever.
For me, it is the bathroom exhaust fan.
I tend to forget about it and then one day look up and notice how gross it really is.
Our exhaust fan in our bathroom water closet has a light fixture built-in so we sometimes even get bugs in our fan. I know, so gross!!
I recently went and did a really good cleaning of the bathroom exhaust fan. I thought I would take a few pictures and share my favorite tricks on cleaning a bathroom exhaust fan. You can see below my tips on how to clean a bathroom fan like a pro.
How To Clean A Bathroom Fan
To really clean your bathroom exhaust fan you will need a few things. Depending on how tall your ceilings are you may need a ladder to access it too.
- Dawn Soap
- Scrub Brush
- Old Toothbrush (or denture brush)
I also usually grab an old towel to lay the fan out to dry on after cleaning it too.
Also, before you get started I recommend turning off the breaker for electricity in the room you are removing the fan in. You don’t want to risk getting injured.
Why You Need To Clean A Bathroom Fan?
Bathrooms tend to have a lot of moisture from showers and baths. By using your bathroom exhaust fan you can help stop the moisture from gathering in your bathroom.
This will help cut down on moisture and prevent some mold and mildew.
However, if you don’t clean your bathroom exhaust fan regularly it won’t work right and can’t remove all of the moisture.
Follow the tips below for cleaning a bathroom exhaust fan and keep your home free from mold and mildew.
Getting Started Cleaning a Bathroom Exhaust Fan
To get started you will want to remove your fan cover from the ceiling. As I mentioned above you may need a ladder to do so.
If you have a light on your bathroom fan you will want to remove it first. Then, remove the actual fan cover. Keep in mind if you haven’t cleaned it in a little while a lot of dust may come down with it.
Vacuum The Fan
Once you have removed the exhaust cover and light you can vacuum the actual fan. As you can see from the picture mine was covered in dust and grime.
I vacuumed the fan blades, then turned it on real quick and vacuumed one more time. This really helped loosen up a bunch of dust.
If your fan cover has a lot of dust on it you may want to give it a quick vacuum too.
Washing The Bathroom Fan
Once you have vacuumed the fan and the covers I recommend soaking them in some hot soapy water.
Just fill your sink up with warm water and a couple of squirts of Dawn soap. Then, let the fan cover and light cover soak for about 10 minutes.
After ten minutes then you can use a toothbrush to clean any leftover dust from the cracks of the fan cover.
Next, rinse the bathroom exhaust fan cover and let it air dry along with the light cover.
Put It Back Together After Cleaning
After your bathroom fan cover is dry you can put it all back together again. You will want to make sure it is 100% dry since you are installing it near live wires.
Once your fan is reassembled you can go back to using it.
By keeping your bathroom exhaust fan clean you can help keep the humidity out of your bathroom and prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
Just a little time spent every 3-6 months cleaning the bathroom fan can help keep the bathroom cleaner.
Want some other cleaning tips? Check out how to deep clean a bathroom quickly.
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