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Design Tip: Spruce Up Your Space By Cleaning Your Bathroom Fan

I know this tip isn’t pretty, but it is ‘all about the details’ and very important! So many times (more often than not), when visiting a client’s home for a pending renovation, when I look up at the bathroom fan, the cover is caked in dust. Who would think this little fan could get SO full of dust?

Don’t get me wrong, this is not a criticism on housekeeping, it’s just so easy to overlook this appliance when it is on the ceiling! It is so important to keep the fan clean and free of dust. One, to make sure it is functioning at full capacity and two, to not become a fire hazard.

Cleaning the bathroom fan is not just a matter of dusting the cover. Sorry! You need to dig a little deeper to get to the heart of it all. This is a very easy task, however, so no worries. The cover to the fan just pops off with two small springs.

Bathroom Fan

The cover can be soaked in soapy water and cleaned with a soft brush. To clean the fan, make sure it is turned off and unplugged. When you remove the cover you will see the plug just beside the motor. Take a dry paint brush and dust as much of the dirt and grime away from the blades and housing as possible. Do not use water! I use my vacuum in tandem with the brush to clear away as much dust as I can.

Once you are satisfied that you have cleaned the fan well, plug it back in and replace the cover (making sure the cover is dry). Now, test the fan by turning on the switch. Voila, you are all done!

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Barbara Aylesworth of A Stroke of Genius Interiors was hired in 2017 to undertake the interior design of the Oakmont building in Vancouver. At 25 years old, the common areas within the Oakmont, a thre… Read more

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