Industrial fans can get dirty. They can gather dust, dirt, lint and “gunk” over time. Therefore, every now and then, it makes sense to clean your industrial fans. Oftentimes, this happens in the springtime during “spring cleaning.” Sometimes though, it makes sense to clean them every couple weeks, depending on how much dirt, dust and other debris tends to accumulate.
Industrial Fan Cleaning Tips
How should you clean industrial fans? First things first: unplug them! Also, don’t put fan motors in water. In fact, the motor shouldn’t get wet at all if you can avoid it. If you’re not sure what part is the motor, then here’s a good tip: just worry about cleaning the fan blades. If you still have the fan manual(s), look the paperwork over so you get good guidance.
So, if you have air circulator or wall-mount fans in your industrial space and you want to clean them, you can use a vacuum cleaner and/or a can of compressed air. Other fans might require removing blades and disassembling fan casing, but that’s not so with air circulator/wall-mount fans… With these, you just use the soft brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner to clean the intake grills. You can use a can of compressed air to blow off dust from inner fan blades. And that’s all you need to do! Plug the fans back in and you’re good to go.
What about pedestal fans or table fans? You’ll need to unplug them, and then remove the front and back grill casings in order to access the blades. If you can remove the blades, remove those too. Wash both the grill casings and blades with mild soap or detergent and warm water. You can use a cloth to scrub them down. Remember to keep water and soap away from motors. Reassemble everything only after everything’s dry. Then plug the pedestal fan(s)/table fans back in and you’re good to go.