One of the ways I lower electricity costs in my home is by using table top fans to cool my home instead of turning on the air conditioning. Table top fans are inexpensive, stylish, and use a fraction of the electricity of an air conditioner.
Table top fans do get dirty however, especially in the kitchen where the moving air of the fan blows grease particulates around the room. The particulates eventually stick to the fan and over time the screens become choked with dust and cobwebs. Cleaning these fans is really quite easy however and requires nothing more than a screwdriver, some Dawn dish washing soap, window cleaner, rags, a scrub brush and Q-tips. Here’s how it’s done:
WARNING: Before starting this spring cleaning project, be sure to unplug your fan
Remove the screen
The wire “cage” that surrounds the blades are usually held in place with screws. Depending on who made your fan, the screws might be on the back or along the edge towards the bottom. Once you’ve located the screws, use the screw driver to back them out. The cage should fall apart into two pieces, the front and the back.
I wash the cages to my fan in hot, soapy water using the Dawn dish washing soap. Stubborn grease may have to be removed with a scrub brush. Once the cage is clean, rinse with hot water and set aside to air dry.
Wipe the blades
While the blades could be removed from the base, it’s really much easier just to keep them in place and hand wash them with a damp rag and a dab of Dawn. The soap can be rinsed off with a second rag that has been dampened and wrung out to remove extra moisture.
Clean the base
This is also a great time to clean off the base of your oscillating table top fan. To avoid getting moisture inside the housing, I spray window cleaner onto a dry rag and then wipe down the fan base. Q-tips dipped into the window cleaner are used to clean around the vents and the switches. I always finish up by polishing up the base with a dry rag.
The last step in this spring cleaning project is to reassemble the fan’s wire cage by reversing the steps used to remove the cage in the first place. This part can get a little tricky so don’t hesitate to ask for a helper to hold the pieces in place as you screw them back together.
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