How to Clean Your Bathroom Exhaust Fan: 5 Easy Steps

Study shows that an average sized bathroom exhaust fan, used for about one hour every day, will exhaust over 2 000 000 cubic feet or air annually. This is almost as cleaning air in 1000 homes. In short a bathroom exhaust vent fan plays a really important role in our homes.

With such work, wear and tear is inevitable. But for your exhaust fan to last longer you’ll need to take proper care of it. One of the maintenance practices is to clean it. Cleaning your bathroom exhaust fan will remove the dust that built up on the grille and also fan motor.

How to Clean Your Bathroom Exhaust Fan in 5 Easy Steps:

Step 1: Power Fan Off

Turn the bathroom exhaust fan off. You can do this at the main switch or at the circuit breaker. When doing so ensure that you have taken every ideal safety precaution. Wear gloves, goggles, and helmet among other things.

Step 2: Remove Cover

When removing the cover of your bathroom exhaust fan – pull down. You should do this until the cover is lowered several inches from the ceiling. Most fans will have spring loaded wire clips. Press them (clips) to remove the cover of the bathroom exhaust fan. Then remove the clips from the slots in the housing.

Step 3: Clean the Grille

Once you have removed the cover the fan will be exposed; place the cover on a towel or old newspaper to avoid dust spillage. Use a vacuum cleaner with bristle brush dusting attachments to clean the cover and the grille. A handheld vacuum cleaner is often the best option. Do this for both the inside and the outside.

Step 4: Clean the Motor

Clean the inside of the fan housing and the motor. Use the dusting attachment on the vacuum to do so. If there are hard spots to reach, use a crevice tool on the vacuum. Make sure the fan is dustless. Take your time always.

Step 5: Reinstall Cover

When you are done, you can re-install the cover. Get the cover back and fit it in space. Press the clips on the fan cover together. Slip them over the slots in the fan housing. When done, push the fan cover up. Do so until it seats against the ceiling. Your work will have been done with here.

Safety Precautions When Cleaning your Bathroom Exhaust Fan

There are a number of things that you should ensure when cleaning your bathroom exhaust fan. They include the following.

  • Make sure the fan is switched off.
  • Wear the ideal safety gears including gloves, helmet, and goggles.
  • Use the right type of vacuum cleaning head.
  • Do not use any scoring items to clean.
  • Clean your exhaust fan at least twice a year.
  • Follow the user manual when cleaning and removing cover.
  • Work patiently as many exhaust fans have limited spaces.

How to Buy the Good Bathroom Exhaust Fan

When buying a bathroom exhaust fan there are a number of things that you should also consider. Some of the most common considerations include the following.

Size of the Bathroom: A larger bathroom will require a larger bathroom exhaust fan. This is because it might release so much accumulated damp air.

Size of Exhaust Fan: You don’t need a large fan when you have a small bathroom. That will consume more power and work less. This is less efficient.

Cost of the Fan: You must look at the cost of buying the bathroom exhaust fan visa vie the budget that you are ready to work with. It prevents impulse. 

Frequency of Use: The number of times a bathroom exhaust fan is used every day determines the capacity you would require to keep your bathroom safe and fresh.

Ease of Use Too: This will include how to assemble, disassemble, and maintain and care for the fan. It is very important as DIY models will make work easy and cheaper.


It’s important to have a vented bathroom exhaust fan.  It should be vented to the outside in every home that uses it. It is also important and to run it whenever you shower or bathe. This is because it will remove excess moisture and prevent mold and mildew from forming.

Joe Carrow

Product reviewer & passionate blogger. Beside writing for this blog, I spend my time crafting research based contents for HuffingtonPost, Lifehacker & Forbes!

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