How to Clean Bathroom Vents

At Pasterkamp Heating and Air Conditioning while we are repairing your HVAC systems we get up close and personal with your vents and we see how dirty they can get. Part of maintaining your home is keeping these vents clean.

Spending a little time on the maintenance can save you a lot of work in the long run and it will make the air that is blowing around your house cleaner too! Check out some of these tips from our friends at on how to clean your vents and as always give us a call if you have any questions! Bathroom Vents – Bob Vila Radio – Bob Vila Bathroom ventilation fans whisk away odors, but their more important job is to draw moisture out of the room. Moisture leads to mold and mildew, so a well-functioning vent is critical to keeping your bathroom healthy.

To work well, your vent needs to be clean, but over time it can get downright grimy. After all, the fan inside is sucking up, not just moisture, but also dust, hair, towel lint, and all kinds of particles from the sprays and powders you use in the room.

Start by flipping off the circuit breaker to the bathroom. Next, remove the vent cover (wear eye protection, because you may get a face full of dust when you open up the vent.) Place the cover in a pail of soapy water while you work.

Under the cover, you’ll see the fan blades. If there’s a lot of dust, you can use a vacuum cleaner to take a first pass at it. Then use a rag dampened in soapy water to gently clean the blades, being careful not to touch any wires. If access is a problem, you can always use a toothbrush or a foam paintbrush to reach up into the unit to wipe away the grime.

Finally, wash and dry the cover and put it back in place. Be sure all parts are dry before turning the power back on. You’ll be surprised at how much quieter and more effective your vent becomes once it’s clean. Read more…