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How To Clean A Tower Fan & Get The Dust Out (Inc Dyson)

Written by Ethan
Updated on July 18, 2022

Different Ways To Clean Tower Fans

Tower fans are great for cooling down rooms during the summer months, but they can accumulate a lot of dust.

Dusty towers aren't very attractive, and they can even cause health problems.

So give your tower fans some well deserve cleaning with this easy step-by-step guide. 

How to Clean a Dyson Tower Fan

Bladeless tower fans are easier to clean than other types of tower fans because they have fewer parts that can accumulate dust. 

Step By Step Process

1. Turn off your fan and unplug it.

2. Dampen a cloth or rag with some all-purpose cleaner of your choice and wipe down the inner and outer surface of the bladeless fan.

3. Locate the vents and clean them. You can use compressed air or dry brush, then vacuum or just vacuum brush attachment to loosen any dust or other particles and clean the vents of your fan.

4. Use a dry paper towel or cloth to remove any dust that may still be on the surfaces. 

5. If you want to clean the interior, refer to the manufacturer's instructions on how to disassemble and assemble your type of bladeless tower fan. Mostly you can simply twist off the top of the fan to access the interior.

Use a microfiber cloth or rag, or vacuum to clean the insides of your fan. You can also use compressed air for the spots that are harder to clean. 

Cleaning Other Types Of Tower Fan

What You'll Need:

  • Vacuum 
  • Vacuum brush attachment/ dry paintbrush/ dust brush
  • Screwdriver or other disassembly tools
  • Can of compressed air
  • All-purpose spray cleaner
  • Rag or cloth
  • PPE (face mask and some eye protection)

Important Notes:

Read manufacturer instructions. There are many variations of tower fans. Some can be opened for cleaning, while some can't. Make sure to determine if your fan can be opened by referring to the manufacturer's instructions. Please also be reminded that opening tower fans that are not designed to be opened may void the warranty. 

Wear Some PPE. Wear your mask and eye protection before starting to work on the dust to prevent specks of dust from getting into your eye and so that you don't inhale the dust.

Run the vacuum even when you're not directly using it on the fan, such as when you're using the compressed air, so the vacuum can pick up anything that comes out. This can prevent your house from filling with dust and debris. 

It's even better if you can clean your tower fan outside. 

Use a vacuum hose and a dry brush as a substitute to brush vacuum attachment. If you don't have a brush attachment, you can brush the grills manually with a dry paintbrush or any adequately long and soft brush while simultaneously vacuuming, so you get rid of the dust while brushing. 

Cleaning From The Outside

Step By Step Process

1. Turn off your fan and unplug it.

This is an important step for your and your fan's safety. Your fan may accidentally turn off if you leave it plugged in. This will cause the blades to move while you're working on them. Unplugging the fan while cleaning also prevents the specks of dust from getting deeper into the machine.  

2. Start vacuuming.

Use the vacuum brush attachment on your vacuum to get rid of the dust on the grill of your fan.

Aside from the grills, vacuum the external casing, and especially the entire vent. You should spend more time working on the fan vents because they collect dust as air enters and exits the fan. Clear as much as you can with the vacuum and brush. You may not be able to get all of the lint and other debris with this step, but the next step will take care of that.

3. Blow compressed air into the vent.

You can buy compressed air from home improvement and office supply stores.

To use them, aim the air canister nozzle directly where you need extra help getting rid of stubborn built-up dust, especially inside the machine. Use it for cleaning the inside of your tower fan by aiming it directly over the vents. Move the blower nozzle along while releasing the air. You can put the nozzle closer or blow air longer to dislodge more stubborn dust, lint, or other debris. You can vacuum again if you need to pick up any loose dust. 

4. Wipe the exterior.

Dampen a cloth or rag with some all-purpose cleaner of your choice and wipe down the exterior casing or exterior of the fan to remove any dust that is stuck there. 

5. Turn the fan on to blow out any remaining dust.

Plug the fan back on and turn it on for a few minutes to blow out any remaining dust, lint, or other debris. 

Make sure that no cleaning tool or anything is in the vents before you turn in on to avoid damage. 

Deep Cleaning + Greasing

Step By Step Process

1. Turn off your fan and unplug it.

As mentioned above, this is for the safety of you and your appliance, especially so because we'll be doing some disassembling. Ensure that the blades are not moving before you start disassembling.

In addition, you can wrap the cord, so it's not dangling and is out of the way. 

2. Vacuum the exterior.

Remove as much dust or any other particle from the exterior parts of your fan with a vacuum with a brush attachment so it's less messy when we open the fan. You can also use another dry brush, such as a paintbrush, together with your vacuum if you don't have a vacuum brush attachment.

3. Remove screws.

Locate the screws on the casing of the fan. Find an appropriately sized screwdriver for the screws and start disconnecting the casing from the frame. 

TIP!

Put the screws on a small container or stick them to a piece of tape so that you don't lose them.

4. Detach the casing from the frame.

After removing all the screws, use a flat head screwdriver to gently pry the casing from the frame. Work your way from top to bottom. Be careful not to break the two tabs on the bottom interior of the casing. 

5. Blow compressed air to dislodge dust.

Place the fan down on a flat surface and use a can of compressed air to dislodge any dust, lint, or other debris on the interior of the fan, focusing on the blades. 

6. Vacuum the interior.

Vacuum all over the interior slowly with the brush attachment or any dry brush. Again, focus on the blades of the fan, but also gently vacuum the casing, motor, and brackets.

7. Grease the bearings.

Locate the fan's bearings. They are silver or black rings, usually on the ends of the fan blade column, right above the blades. Put a few droplets of WD-40, car grease, or another lubricant on the bearings. 

Make sure you only put a little of the grease, or it can make its way to the other parts of the fan and collect more dust later on.

8. Put the fan back together.

Make sure the bearings and the fan blade are in the right position. Insert the casing into the bottom tabs to reattach the casing to the frame. Put back the screws on the casing. 

9. Wipe the exterior.

Dampen a cloth or rag with some all-purpose cleaner of your choice and wipe down the casing or exterior of the fan to remove any dust and dirt particles that are stuck there. 

10. Turn the fan on to blow out any remaining loose dust.

Plug the fan back on and turn it on for a few minutes to blow out any remaining dust, lint, or other debris. 

Make sure that no cleaning tool or anything is in the vents before you turn in on to avoid damage. 

Final Words

In conclusion, cleaning a tower fan is actually pretty easy.

Just follow these simple steps, and you'll have fresher and cleaner air at home. 

Cleaning your fans can also make them last longer. 

Hope this article helped. See you in another one!

Ethan

Heya'll Im Ethan, I run TowerFanReviews.UK. By trade an Electrical Engineer, an owner of a fan shop. Always being asked about my recommendations for tower fans, I created this site. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out :)
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