A few weeks ago, my friend Kevin was having trouble getting fresh air into his high-rise apartment. For safety, the windows of the building don't open all the way, but kick out just a few inches. I helped him out by teaching him a trick to increase the flow of outside air into a window. Kevin loved the technique I taught him, and has been using his fan to keep cool every night.
We met for drinks on Friday, and Kevin thanked me for solving his fresh air problem. He said that he is much more comfortable in his downtown high rise, but now the fan he's been using has gotten dirty. Even though he has tried cleaning it, he found that it's impossible to reach inside of the fan and get at the blades, which have accumulated a considerable amount of dust.
I asked him if he had taken the cover off of the fan, and he looked at me like I had three heads. Kevin had no idea that this part comes off of most standard-issue electric fans!
Since I've done this before, I advised him that removing the front grille from the appliance would make cleaning a breeze. First, I reminded him to make sure the fan is off and unplugged, and then to remove the front cover by undoing the latches or using a screwdriver.
Once it's apart, I told Kevin that cleaning his fan will be much easier, since he will have access to the blades and all of the other nooks and crannies on this device. I told him that standard all-purpose cleaner should have it looking good as new in no time.
On Saturday, I got a picture message from Kevin showing his fan in great shape. He's so happy that he knows how to clean this appliance now.