Most people don't take the time to clean their fans, instead deciding it's easier to spend another twenty dollars and getting a new one, but all it takes is a few minutes of work and you're guaranteed a fan that will be blowing air like it's new.
After a single summer you can be left with a fan so full of gunk and dust that it may seem like you're not even getting a breeze out of it, a good cleaning is all it takes to fix it right up, at least doubling it's lifespan if you had thoughts of throwing it out.
You're going to need to get a few things together to start. A screw driver, whatever size you need to get your particular model apart, some paper towels, a brush to dust with, a multi surface or all purpose cleaner, an old toothbrush, and steel wool.
First you'll want to remove the grills covering the fan blade. You might have to wiggle the power cord loose, if it's attached by a rubber ring to the grill, just make sure you keep the seal, and the screws for that matter someplace safe while you're working so you don't lose them.
Once you have the motor free, begin by using a brush to clean all the caked off dust from it. If you're doing this indoors, make sure it's over paper towels, or someplace you're comfortable cleaning afterward, since the dust will be falling to the floor. The place I find this easiest to do is in the shower, where everything can be rinsed away afterward. Spray a rag or paper towels with your cleaner, wiping down each blade individually. Be careful not to get any cleaning solution into the motor, that's why you should spray the towel or rag, and not the blades directly. If you simply brush off the blades, dust will collect much more quickly than if you get it cleaned completely.
The grills are next. Brush off the larger bits of debris, spraying them down afterward with your cleaner. Then use a toothbrush, or any brush you have that will fit through the slats and clean out all visible dirt and grime, finally wiping down with paper towels.
You're nearly done. Give everything a final wipe down with a paper towel, making sure you got everything, and that it's dry. Finally reassemble, and that's it. It should be looking like new, and working like new too.
Since most people don't bother doing this, you can probably cruise through your neighborhood after summer or spring, when the weather's cooling down and snag a perfectly good fan for free, using the above method to get it in working order again!
Autor: Jamie Ellerman
Added: January 8, 2010