How to clean a bathroom extractor fan: Say goodbye to grime for good

Open bathroom extractor fan on blue mosaic tiles
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Dust, dirt and grime are enemies of a fan, so learning how to clean a bathroom extractor fan is essential for a healthy and hygienic environment. Leave it and it will become ineffective and pointless. It will slow down, struggle to remove moisture from the air, encourage mould to grow and eventually break down.

Investing in one of the best bathroom extractor fans, means investing a little time to keep it clean and running at its optimum. Here we give you the lowdown on how to keep your extractor fan dirt and dust-free. 

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Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.