Cleaning a Bathroom Vent Fan

Cleaning a bathroom vent fan requires little technical know-how and should be done at least twice a year to ensure that the unit operates smoothly and more quietly.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Screwdrivers
  • Damp cloth
  • Dry cloth
  • Soapy water

Step 1 – Switch off the Power

Switch the device off first. Locate the circuit breaker or the fuse box providing power to the bathroom and turn it off as well.

Step 2 – Detach the Vent Fan

Locate the mounting screws on the device and remove them carefully. Usually, the fan has a light fixture attached to it so be sure to remove all mounting hardware completely. Remove the vent cover and light fixture, set them aside and determine where the fan blades are. There may also be additional screws attaching the fan. Detach every retainer screws and slide the fan blade assembly out of the unit.

Step 3 – Clean the Bathroom Vent Fan

Dampen a clean cloth in soapy water. Do make use of a mild detergent only when mixing the soapy solution. Wipe the dirt and grime on the surfaces of the fan, the cover and all dirty surfaces. Wipe the surfaces with a clean dry cloth.  Reinstall the fan and the other parts in reverse order.