To lead a proper healthy life, our bathrooms should always be cleaned. An exhaust fan is essential to keep your bathroom clean and odorless and extract excessive humidity. It is a very useful thing that provides us with a fresh environment and prevents bacteria and mildew growth.
We all know and face that after a certain period of time, generally six months, this exhaust becomes dirty due to collecting huge mold and mildew. So, after six months, now it is your turn to clean your exhaust fan.
Cleaning the bathroom exhaust fan seems very complex because you have to remove all the parts at that time. Besides, it looks more difficult if your exhaust fan has an inbuilt light. Here, you need professional tips and methods to do it properly.
This article will deeply discuss how to clean a bathroom exhaust fan with light. This can be a complete guide for people who want to clean their exhaust fan DIY.
So, let’s start.
How to Clean a Bathroom Exhaust Fan with Light?
The bathroom exhaust fan may be different. So, the cleaning process can also be different sometimes. Here we are sharing the method to clean a bathroom fan with light. There are some common ways to do it. We have made the easiest step-by-step process for you. Just follow these steps one by one. Hopefully, you do it without anything else to do it like a pro. These steps are as follows:
Things You Need:
Before starting the process, you must manage all the needed tools for this process so that you can easily use them whenever any of these are needed. Here are the tools you need:
- Dry Cloth,
- Screw Driver,
- Vacuum Cleaner,
- Cleaning Brush,
- Surface Cleaner.
These are basically the mandatory tools you need for this process. Arrange all these and keep them around you. After this, you can start the process.
Step 1: Turn off the Power
In the first step, you need to turn off the power of your exhaust fan with a light. It will be best if you can down the power of it from the main line. It is mandatory for any maintenance task to ensure the appliance is completely unplugged from the power for safety purposes. So do it first, then jump into the next step.
Step 2: Remove the Plastic Cover
Now, it is time to open the plastic cover that protects the exhaust fan and light. It is very easy; there is no screw used there to tighten it. You need a slotted or flathead screwdriver to open it. So use the stepladder carefully to reach the exhaust fan, insert the screwdriver into the middle of the casing, and cover and push it up. Do it from all sides of the cover.
Otherwise, the cover can be broken. The cover will easily pop out from the casing. Make sure you put your hand underneath the cover so that it doesn’t fall on the floor and get broken.
Step 3: Clean the Cover
Once the plastic cover of your exhaust fan is removed, start cleaning it. Take the cleaning brush and brush it on both sides of the cover. You can use a vacuum cleaner for deep cleaning. Besides, using surface cleaner also brings a good result here. After doing all this, wipe down the plastic cover with a wet towel which will give it a shiny and spotless look. When it is done, keep the cover aside and jump into the next step.
Step 4: Remove the Light Bulb
There are different types of exhaust fans used in bathrooms. In some of these, light bulbs are integrated. If your one doesn’t have any light integrated, skip this step. Removing the bulb is different according to the type of bulb. Many types of light bulbs may be installed there. So, find the light type first and then remove them accordingly.
Generally, in the case of the bayonet cap bulb, you need to press it inside slightly and twist it anti-clockwise. The light bulb should come in your hand. In the case of a screw mount bulb, twist it anti-clockwise until it is removed. When you are done, keep the bulb aside carefully and go to the next step.
Step 5: Remove the Fan Grating
After removing the light bulb, you will get access to the screws there that hold the fan grating. Now, you need to unscrew the grating with the screwdriver. When all the screws are removed, the fan grating will automatically drop down. There may be a wire connector in the grating. So, pull it down slowly and disconnect it.
It is better to leave the fan for cleaning. You will get easy access to everything when the fan grating is removed to clean your exhaust fan thoroughly. We recommend you keep the fan when you are doing it yourself.
Step 6: Clean the Fan
After removing all the necessary parts, now it is time to deep clean. You will soak the fan grating in soap water and rub it carefully. After that, using a cloth, wipe down the grating thoroughly and let it dry. You can use a blower machine to do it perfectly.
After that, you need to clean all the remaining parts, like the exhaust fan blade, cover plate, etc., using the vacuum cleaner. All these are accessible to clean. Just hold the cleaner near these and clean them like normally how you clean other materials. Some dirt may get deeply stuck on the different parts of the exhaust fan, like the fan blades and cover plate.
Apply some surface cleaner on all these parts and use the brush to clean all this stuck dirt. Behind the fan, you will notice an exhaust pipe and ports. Clean those also as much as possible with the vacuum cleaner. By doing these, all the main parts should be cleaned.
Step 7: Reassemble and Reinstall
Your cleaning process is almost done. Now it is time to reassemble all the parts that you removed to clean our exhaust fan. It is very simple. Install the fan grating exactly in the same way that you used in removing it. After that, put the light bulb in according to the same method. Lastly, attach the outer plastic cover to the casing and gently push it to fix it completely. Once it is completed, you are done with the process.
This is basically the step-by-step process to clean the bathroom exhaust fan with light. Now, with this guide, you can easily do it yourself. You need the necessary tools that we mentioned here.
Generally, in every house, these tools are kept for emergencies. You will easily get it in the nearby markets if you don’t have it. However, to keep your bathroom exhaust fan working well, it should be cleaned once every six months. Otherwise, you may face damage to it after using it for a certain period of time.
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