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Lasko company designs and manufactures a series of small or large-room electric fans for use around the home. Popular fan models produced by Lasko include the blower/tower, pedestal, box, window, and pivoting floor ones.


Unfortunately, all-types of fans are quite susceptible to the build up of dirt and debris on the outer casing and blades. A build up of dust, pet fur, dander, etc. can clog up the inner workers of the fan, slow its performance, and make it noisier. For this reason is a good idea to give your fan a regular clean. A good time-frame to clean the fan is at the start of each new season. Plus, for the home with doors or windows open throughout the summer it benefits to clean more often.

Cleaning the different types of Lasko fans

Before cleaning the Lasko fan make sure to switch off and unplug from the wall socket. Also, make sure to free up enough space on the floor or workbench to make it possible to clean the appliance.

Blower/Tower fan (including the ionic models)

How to Clean A Lasko Fan: Blower FanThe Lasko units in this category include the fans built to deliver a high-velocity air stream in a compact package, as well as the ionic units.

  • The most-efficient method to clean this style of fan is using the brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner. This simplifies the process of removing the build up of dirt, lint, or other debris. The intake grill usually gives enough space to suck out any debris.
  • Once the inside of the fan has been cleaned as far as possible you can wipe down the housing with a soft cloth.
  • Use rubbing alcohol or vinegar to clean the more persistent marks.
  • For safety reasons, the manufacturer recommends against opening the fan housing in an attempt to clean the unit.

The tower designs include the ionic fans which have the extra benefit of being able to remove pet dander, mold spores, dust, and allergens from the air. The process of cleaning the Lasko ionic fan is basically the same and includes attaching a soft bristled brush to the vacuum cleaner and sucking the dirt from the grill area.

Pedestal Fan

How To Clean A Lasko Fan: Lasko Pedestal FanThe pedestal fans are a versatile option with features like a tilt-back head and adjustable height which makes it a practical choice for the bedroom, kitchen, or living room.

  • Start by disassembling the fan’s front and rear grills. For more guidance on taking the fan apart you can refer to the product instruction manual.
  • Once the blade parts have taken apart, it is time to give them a proper clean.
  • Fill a large bowl with a mild detergent and hot water and submerge the blade and grill.
  • Any other parts of the fan can be wiped down with a soft damp cloth.
  • Use a mild detergent on areas with a large build up of dirt – you can use Awesome cleaner
  • Leave all fan parts to fully air-dry before attempting to reassemble.
  • Note: make sure to avoid touching the motor while cleaning.

Box Fan

How To Clean A Lasko Fan: Lasko Box FanThe box fans are a low-cost option to provide high-performance air flow in the home.

  • Start by removing the four screws (Phillips head screwdriver needed) at the perimeter of the fan’s front grill.
  • This fully exposes the fan blade.
  • The blade is easily removed from its mount by gently rocking side to side and pulling up.
  • Use a soft cloth soaked in warm soapy water to fully clean the blade – you can also use Awesome cleaner
  • Leave the blade to air-dry before attempting to reassemble.
  • Note: make sure to avoid touching the motor while cleaning.

Window Fan

The single or twin-sized window fans provide a variety of features and are extremely quiet in use.

  • Remove the fan from the window and place face up on the floor. How to Clean A Lasko Fan: Lasko Window Fan
  • Remove the screws (Phillips head screwdriver needed) around the perimeter.
  • Lift the grill cover from the main part of the fan.
  • Clear any large pieces of debris with kitchen towels.
  • Use soapy water to clean the internal fan parts, including the knobs, panel, grate, and blades.
  • Leave to fully air-dry.
  • Reassemble and place the fan back in its position in the window.

Pivoting Floor Fan

  • Clean the pivoting floor fan using a soft, damp cloth.
  • Use soapy water for the really dirty fan.

Other fans in this category include the wind machine, cyclone/air companion, and breeze machine.

Wind Machine (video)

Here are the instructions how to clean a Lasko Wind machine:

  • Place the fan face down on a carpeted area and remove the screws (Phillips head screwdriver needed) from the back section.
  • It is also necessary to remove the securing knobs.
  • Pull apart the grill covers to expose the blade.
  • Give the blade a good wipe down to remove the dirt and debris.
  • Use soapy water on the very dirty blades – you can also use Awesome cleaner
  • Note: make sure to avoid touching the motor while cleaning.

Or simply watch a video made by Thatlinuxnerd:

Cyclone/Air Companion

How To Clean A Lasko Fan: Lasko Air companion

  • Place the cyclone fan face down on a soft surface.
  • Use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the screws on the back of the grill.
  • Turn the fan over and use a flat head screwdriver or a similar tool to pry open the grills to expose the blade.
  • Leave the knobs in place.
  • Use a soapy cloth to clean the blade.
  • Stay clear of the motor while cleaning.

Breeze Machine

How to Clean A Lasko Fan: Lasko Breeze Machine

  • Place the breeze machine face down on the floor.
  • Remove the knobs either side of the grill.
  • Use a flat head screwdriver to force open the grill cover to expose the fan blade.
  • Give the blade a clean using a damp cloth.
  • Use soapy water to help remove the dust and dirt on the very dirty blade.
  • Avoid the motor while cleaning.

How to lubricate fan motor when it squeaks? (video)

A while ago, my Lasko box fan started squeaking and it got so annoying! I usually turn on the fan at night to let some fresh air come from the window. But with such noise, I could not sleep at all. I had to do something.

I did some research on the internet and read tons of articles until I found the solution. It was simply lubricating fan motor. Here, I want to share the steps I did with you so you could fix your squeaking fan too.

Usually, squeaking happens when dust get inside the bearing. The dust increases the tension happening between the metal part and they start producing this annoying noise. Since the Lasko fan motor is sealed and we cannot really open and clean it, the solution is to reduce the tension by putting oil on the dusty parts. In order words, to lubricate it.

So, here is how to lubricate fan motor:

  • Turn off the fan – never do cleaning or lubricating while the fan is still on
  • Remove the fan cage by unscrewing the screws on the back
  • Remove the blades from the metal shaft they are sitting on. You may need to unscrew a lock bolt in order to do that
  • Spray the oil into the bearing into holes around the shaft using a fine tube or a nose of an oil bottle you are using
  • Wipe off the extra oil that came out
  • Put the blades back

Also, watch this video where quartytypo explains how he fixed his squeaking tower fan:

And of course, you may ask: What oil to use for lubricating the fan motor?

First, let’s see what you should not use.

Do not use WD-40 because it is not a permanent lubricant.
Do not use an automobile oil either because it contains “detergents” which is bad for electric motors. Detergent oils clean the crud off of components casing them to wear off faster and eventually getting them destroyed.

A good oil for electric fan is 3-in-1 oil.The oil also serves as a cleaning tool and removes rust and dirt. Your fan motor will love it!

Cleaning tips (and tools!)

In addition, I found for you the best tools and products that will help you to make your fan squeaking clean and free from germs and bacteria.  For each product, we explain how to use it and share our best cleaning tricks.

Brushes

There are some many different types of brushes out there. But which one is the best when it comes to cleaning a fan?

Flexible Brush

One of our readers shared his tip how to clean the back grills of his Breeze Machine. He uses a vacuum cleaner along with a flexible brush that is normally used to clean glasses and jars.

While sucking in the air with a vacuum cleaner, work along the grills with the brush. The soft tips of its bristle head will go in the grill gaps and gently scrub the dust off without scratching the plastic.

You can bend it slightly in order to properly reach the spots behind the grills and take out hidden dust.

You can also use it on a fan motor to loosen the dust before vacuum-cleaning it. Just make sure that the brush is completely dry. Never make the motor wet!

Duster

When you do not want to disassemble your fan but still want to remove the dust from its grills, you can use this duster.

The cover of the duster is made from dense chenille microfiber that’s sewn into a tube. Thanks to that, you can use all sides of the duster. The microfiber the duster cover is made from is positively charged meaning it will attract negatively charged dust without using chemicals.

The plastic wand is flexible so it will bend to the shape of what needs dusting. Meanwhile, the handle is designed in such a way that allows you to keep the duster flat on a surface insuring even dusting.

The size of the duster is perfect to use on smaller objects including fan grills. If you want to use it on ceiling fans, it might be less convenient to do so.

Pros:

  • Machine washable
  • Attract dust with no added chemicals thanks to positively charged microfiber
  • Comes with an extra microfiber head

Cons:

  • Some buyers may find its size a bit too small

Overall, it is a great neat duster that comes in handy when you need to remove dust from your fan without disassembling it. After cleaning, just pull the cover off and put it into a washer!

Germicidal Cleaning Products

Fans move the air we breath so it is important that the blades do not contaminate it with germs and bacteria. To make sure it does not happen, use germicidal products while cleaning your fan.

We have found for you the products that have the highest ratings on Amazon.

Disinfectant Spray

This spray is a great choice for not only cleaning your fan but for the rest of your home. It does not contain harsh chemicals, is alcohol free and kills germs naturally.

While cleaning your Lasko fan, you can dilute the product in water to soak in the blades. Also, you can spray directly on the blades, gently wipe them and then rinse with water.

Pros:

  • Disinfects and deodorizes
  • Alcohol free
  • Safe for kids
  • Bontanical based formula
  • No artificial colors

Cons:

  • some buyers find the smell a bit odd

Active ingredient:

  • Thymol (present as a component of Thyme Oil)

 

Disinfectant Wipes

These are great all purpose disinfecting wipes that will help you to keep your fan clean and germ free. Their botanical formula does not contain harsh chemicals or alcohol and kills germs in a natural way.

Apart from that, the wipes are recyclable and were never tested on animals.

You can use the wipes on the fan blades in the end of the cleaning process or after dusting the blades.

Pros:

  • Disinfects and deodorizes
  • Alcohol free
  • Safe for kids
  • Botanical based formula
  • No artificial colors

Cons:

  • Not very suitable for people who are very sensitive to smells due to its scent

Active ingredient:

  • Thymol 0.05% (as a component of thyme oil)

Other ingredients:

  • Aqua (water)
  • Citric acid (cornstarch derived water softener)
  • Citrus limonum (lemon) oil
  • Copper sulfate pentahydrate (bluestone) (mineral derived water mineralizer)
  • Sodium citrate (cornstarch derived water softener)
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (palm kernel or coconut-derived cleaning agent)

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13 Comments

  1. Nanette Turner

    I have the Lasko Windmachine. I love it, but I have to say, as a reasonably intelligent woman, you could not have made this more difficult to take apart for cleaning. Your reason for this?????

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Nanette.
      Maybe the reason is that the manufacturers wanted to make a solid fan that does not become loose after hours of hard work?

  2. I have the cyclone air. Companion fan and I need t o clean it how can I get at the blades to do that .. Can’t do w/ vacuum cleaner …help!!
    L

  3. Hi though not mentioned here there are two side screws that must come out of what looks like the Breeze machine (my handle is different) 3/4 of the way up toward the turn on switch. to separate the fan cover from motor side if unit. Make sure fan is unplugged.

    with two screws off then pry off carefully the cover minding the ridge and ridge locks about which the flexicover must be unlodged. Then take the fan cover ( which has no electronics) and spray with hose and dry and wipe throughly. Brush the unplugged fan motor unit side with a soft brush to loosen dust. Do not get motor or electronica wet. Vacumn what you can. Hand clean blades with damp soapy cloth and wipe dry-carefully. Use QTips to clean back grill. make sure everything is dry, Reattach fan cover carefully with two screws and lock circular fan cover ridge back to ridge holders. Yes it was a bit of a struggle but now I have a pretty clean fan for the summer season. Having a helper cleaning goes faster and you have all that dust and dust balls cleanned off for the most part. All my fans are a bit different as far as taking fan cover off.

    • hey Ann,
      Thanks for the tips!

    • Thank you so much for the info about the screws on the back of the fan. Now I can take the fan apart and really clean all the dust and grime from the blades as well as the front grill. I have used the vacuum attachment to clean off the back grill and found that a flexible brush (normally used for cleaning glass tumblers) worked very well when used along with the vacuum.

      Thanks for the tips!
      Bob815c

  4. Wow I like the flexie brush idea which is a good practice maybe I can use that during the season so I won’t have this big clean up job at the beginning of next summer. Hard to keep up with all the fan dust during the high use season.

    • Agree, Ann, this idea is indeed quite unusual, I would never thought of using the brush for anything else but cleaning jars. I threw away mine a while ago (before reading this comment) and I now I regret it.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. What about metal floor shop fan lubrication. I can take the fan apart and dust and wipe down, but unsure if i should be using some kind of oil to lubricate the inner workings.

    • Hi Sam,
      You can use an oil to lubricate the bearing.
      I would suggest to stay away from WD-40 since it is not a permanent lube.
      Better to use Don’t use WD-40, it is not a permanent lube meaning that squeaking may come back.
      Better to use 3-in-1 oil.
      Hope it helps!

  6. My cyclone fan is making a lot of squeaking noise while running. Is there a way to correct this by oiling? If not, what can be done?

    • Hi Christy,
      Thanks for your question!

      Yes, oiling the bearing may help to remove squeaking.
      Here is how to do it.

      First, turn off the fan.
      Then, you need to remove the blades from the metal shaft they are sitting on.
      After, spray the oil into the bearing using a fine tube.
      Wipe off the extra oil that came out.
      And put the blades back.

      For oiling, don’t use WD-40, it is not a permanent lube meaning that squeaking may come back.
      Better to use 3-in-1 oil.

      Hope it was helpful!