How to Clean an Extractor Fan Vent/Duct

If you do find that you have a extractor fan vent or duct in your home usually found in your kitchen, then you might have noticed that is will usually get more clogged up with the debris inside.  This is usually the grease in your kitchen produced when you are cooking; but if you are worried when it comes to cleaning the extractor fan duct or vent then don’t, cleaning this can be actually quite easy to do once you know how to.

Cleaning out your extractor fan is something that is going to be great to help extend the life of your fan.  You are going to need all of the equipment to help clean out your extractor fans; doing this won’t take all day, in fact an hour or two is all that is needed.

Extractor Fan Vent How to Clean an Extractor Fan Vent/Duct

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Soapy Water
  • Polish
  • Cloth
  • Sponge
  • Vacuum

    Step 1 – Unscrewing the Extractor Fan

    You can start by taking out all of the screws to the extractor fan and remove it from the wall; you should be able to take the housing off the wall when you have unscrewed all of the screws keeping the fan attached to the wall.  Then you can get to the actual vent or duct; it could be something just as simple as a vacuum to clean your fan out or if you want to use a cloth then you could also.

    When you re deconstructing the fan then make sure that all of the parts are kept in a safe place so that when you want to put them back in then you are not going to miss a piece out or lose them.

    Step 2 – Cleaning the Vent

    To clean you vent then you are going to have to use some hot water combined with some soap and a bit of elbow grease.  If you can remove the fan from the extractor wall unit then that is great because you will be able to clean it better but a lot don’t so you are going to have to use water and your soap but a little amount on the vent itself.

    Step 3 – Scrubbing

    Now you are going to have to scrub your heart out to get rid of all of the dirt and grime on your vent; you are going to need hot water and of course some sort of cleaner – getting something which is great for taking tough stains out would be best.  Try to work on the parts which are really bad and are in need of plenty of cleaning.

    To get rid of all of the tough stains then you should try to wash the extractor fan a few times just to make sure that you have got all of the dirt away; a lot of the times getting rid of the dirt can be quite tricky however.

    Step 4 – Cleaning Outside

    To clean the outside of the vent, then you can do what you did before, it is that easy; the only thing that is a little different is that you can take your vent from the wall.  You will need to unscrew the fixtures and then you can wash the vent in hot soapy water and if you do this right then you could have your vent looking brand new again.

    Before you think about reattaching the vent then make sure everything is completely dry.

    Step 5 – Fixing the Vent

    Your vent can be  reattached back to your wall again but don’t worry this is the very easy part you will follow the guide to where you had the vent originally and affix it by using the holes in the wall from where the vent used to go.


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