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Angi How To Clean Your Bathroom Exhaust Fan

Date Published: Nov. 12, 2019

Difficulty:33%
Time: 15 Minutes

Yes, it helps remove smells, but your bathroom exhaust fan has a much more important job: It keeps mold out of your bathroom. After each one of those steamy showers, your bathroom fills up with moisture. A quick post-shower flick of the exhaust fan switch will zap moisture from your bathroom.

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Tools & Materials Needed 
screwdriver
mild soap
soft cloth
1LOCATE YOUR BATHROOM EXHAUST FAN

It's typically going to be on your ceiling or high up on a wall. Using your screwdriver, loosen the screws holding the vent cover in place. Remove the cover carefully.

2LOCATE THE EXHAUST FAN BLADE

If your unit has additional screws holding the fan in place, remove them now. If possible, you want to remove your fan blade because it's easier to clean that way. Don't misplace any of the screws – you're going to need them to put the exhaust fan back together!

3CLEAN THE COVER AND THE FAN BLADE

To clean them, use mild soap and warm water. Carefully wipe away any dirt or debris so that it doesn't circulate around your bathroom when the fan is on. Clean both sides of the blades and both sides of the vent cover. Let your items fully dry before you put them back into your wall or ceiling.

4INSPECT THE VENT

Take a quick look to assess where your vent is taking the moist air. It should either lead outside or to a part of the house that is close to an exterior vent (such as an attic ridge vent or a soffit vent). If your air is recirculating back into your bathroom or being sent to a place with poor ventilation, call a professional handyman to assess the problem.

5TURN OFF ALL OF THE POWER TO YOUR BATHROOM

You can do this at your main panel. If you're not familiar with your main panel, get to know this vital system now.

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Tip: If you're just looking for a quick fix, blow your vent with canned air to remove visible dust. This won't clean everything, but it's better than doing nothing