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Old 11-05-2015, 09:00 AM   #1
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Cleaning bathroom and shower vent screens

How do you clean the screens on the vent fans in the bathroom and shower? Have tried removing, too complicated, and tried small nose attachment and vacuum cleaner to no avail. Any ideas?
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:03 AM   #2
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We use a soft bristle brush attachment that goes on the end of our little hand vac.
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Old 11-05-2015, 11:08 AM   #3
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I use a damp microfiber cloth. It grabs the dust and dirt. Use it on the window screens as well.
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Old 11-05-2015, 12:28 PM   #4
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I am tagging so as to follow the thread, but to post something with content, I'll just suggest that you wait the four years it takes to clog up; then buy a new airstream.
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I am tagging so as to follow the thread, but to post something with content, I'll just suggest that you wait the four years it takes to clog up; then buy a new airstream.
Oh that is the best cleaning tip ever! If that doesn't work try the microfiber cloth as mentioned by other poster - dry first then wet.
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With the fan operating to draw the dust out, an old toothbrush seems to work pretty well.
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Old 11-06-2015, 11:22 AM   #7
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Since mine always seem to get some leaves or something on top of the screen I use a small right angle screwdriver, Harbor Freight, to remove the two screws and then the screen. The screwdriver looks like an L.

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In the toilet area. With the fan off, pull the handle down to close. At each side of the handle you will see a screw which secures the handle. Undo and remove handle. You can now undo the two screws holding the screen and remove the screen.
The shower area is more complicated because of the shower enclosure ceiling. This has added depth from the outside ceiling into the shower. The body of the fan is longer so when you pull the handle the ends doesn't clear the fan body like the toilet one. According to Airstream Tech support they suggest removing the plastic trim ring in the shower ceiling. This is sealed onto the ceiling for moisture intrusion so you will need to razor cut the caulking around the edge.
I have not tried this yet as it looks like the handle will still not clear the fan body I see this as a design issue between Airstream and the fan manufacturer.
There are a lot more design issues I could get into but will keep them for another day.

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I use a damp microfiber cloth. It grabs the dust and dirt. Use it on the window screens as well.
This works for us also.
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Old 11-06-2015, 12:26 PM   #10
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I've used a damp sponge. Same idea as the damp microfiber cloth as others have suggested. Not a perfectly clean result but good enough for camping. Repeat as needed.
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I just turn it on, brush it with an old toothbrush, and blow it out with an air nozzle.
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Thanks for the micro fiber cloth idea. We use a small soft fiber brush and it works well.
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Old 11-07-2015, 08:43 AM   #13
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In my Safari with the round Ventline fan, I use the toothbrush & fan on method.

In my Excella with the square opening I turn on the fan then thump the screen with my finger until all accumulated debris has been blown out. Then I use a soft cloth and/or the vacuum cleaner with a brush to remove dust from the interior of the screen.

Every year or two I remove the screens to clean fan blades, when they start looking bad.
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In the toilet area. With the fan off, pull the handle down to close. At each side of the handle you will see a screw which secures the handle. Undo and remove handle. You can now undo the two screws holding the screen and remove the screen.
The shower area is more complicated because of the shower enclosure ceiling. This has added depth from the outside ceiling into the shower. The body of the fan is longer so when you pull the handle the ends doesn't clear the fan body like the toilet one. According to Airstream Tech support they suggest removing the plastic trim ring in the shower ceiling. This is sealed onto the ceiling for moisture intrusion so you will need to razor cut the caulking around the edge.
I have not tried this yet as it looks like the handle will still not clear the fan body I see this as a design issue between Airstream and the fan manufacturer.
There are a lot more design issues I could get into but will keep them for another day.

happy trails
You are so right about the fan in the shower area. During a service trip to Jackson Center, I asked the service technician how to replace the plastic handle on the fan since the screws are not accessible. He stated it would require accessing the fan from the roof. I replaced the broken handle on the bathroom fan easily. Now I am faced with needing to replace the broken handle on the shower fan. I'm not looking forward to this exercise and have resorted temporarily to using tape to hold the handle together. This is a terrible design flaw since the handle on the fan is going to break sooner or later. If anyone has replaced the shower handle without going on the roof, I would love to hear how you did it.

We, too use a damp microfiber cloth to clean the screen. Not a perfect solution but works well enough.

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