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Alright one last question. I've got some SERIOUS fan power on its way here. All are used fans though, and they're all kind of dirty. My Rosewill 120's in my case right now are kind of dirty too.

What can I do EASILY to clean these fans off? It takes too long to sit there and wipe off each blade with a Q tip.

Can fans SAFELY be washed in the sink with dish soap?
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post #2 of 22
Wipe them off with a paper towel?Not a q tip that's like washing the floor with a toothbrush.
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post #3 of 22
I've taken the blades off my fans and washed them in a sink before, but I've never just thrown the whole fan in.
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post #4 of 22
Water will brick a fan quick. I've done it before lol. If you can pop the actual fan blade section off, then sure wash it off.. some fans don't detach easily however.
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post #5 of 22
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Yeah I'm not really comfortable pulling expensive fans apart. I'm talking about Delta and Sunon fans here (and my cheapo but really good Rosewill fans).
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post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post
Yeah I'm not really comfortable pulling expensive fans apart. I'm talking about Delta and Sunon fans here (and my cheapo but really good Rosewill fans).
Then I suggest you grab some Q-Tips and get comfy It's gonna be a long night.
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post #7 of 22
Cotton balls work really good, enough surface area to wipe down a whole blade in one swoop.
    
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post #8 of 22
No. Water, detergent and bearings don't mix. You might be able to get away with just water and letting them dry, even then I would still oil them after. I just use a cloth and some cleaner.
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post #9 of 22
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And I'm assuming just regular old rubbing alcohol as the solution to clean it?

Or is there a better alternative? I've also heard "Simple Green or Mean Green" from the Dollar store helps a TON to get cigarette smoke residue off components. Now seeing as my rig is in the garage (my dad does steel and woodwork out here), should I maybe use that instead?
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post #10 of 22
Simple green will work.
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