We know it’s not a job that’s top of anyone’s favourite to-do list, but keeping your bathroom’s exhaust fan clean is a vital part of caring for your bathroom and making sure it’s mould- and mildew-free. Heat and humidity aren’t good for your grouting, your décor or your sealant – and if your exhaust fan isn’t working properly, it won’t be able to keep them under control.
Turn off the power
Safety first! Before you begin cleaning, turn your fan off. Many models have a switch that’s located behind the cover. But as an extra precaution, turn off your bathroom electricity circuit so that nothing is live.
Clean the cover surface
Begin by getting rid of any visible dirt and dust on the outside of the fan cover. Removing any surface dirt before cleaning the inside makes the job a bit quicker – and also ensures that you don’t end up with a floor full of dust when you do take the cover off!
Remove the bathroom fan cover
Most bathroom exhaust fans have a plastic cover that’s held in place with small springs or prongs. You’ll need to squeeze these together (or possibly unscrew them, depending on the type of fan fastenings you have) to loosen the cover and then fully remove it. Once the cover is free, you can easily wash it in the sink or bath.