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a 100% clean room
that or fans so fast, that the dust would even stick to them
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post #12 of 19
Move into a processor manufacturing facility, You wont see any dust problems there
post #13 of 19
Dust makes my fans more aerodynamic. Either that or im just really lazy.
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Originally Posted by blackbalt89 View Post
I've been contemplating finding/ formulating a way to keep dust from accumulating on dust blades and I came across the idea of spraying the fan blades with some kind of non stick kitchen/ cooking spray, much like the stuff you use to keep grilled cheese from sticking to your pan.

Does OCN think that this could be a viable option to keeping blades clean or would this only end in disaster? If I were to do this I would try my best to keep the spray off wires and away from the motor by means of creative use of masking tape.

Also I've never actually sprayed this stuff on anything and let it sit to dry so I'm not sure if it even air dries. But if it does wouldn't it create some sort of slick surface that dust won't adhere to? Or is there a deeper reasoning behind WHY dust sticks to leading edges of fans?

I ask you, OCN, would this be possible?!
Of course dust sticks to the leading edges of the fans.
When the fan is spinning, these leading edges are constantly in motion.

Dust particles are everywhere.

Now, think of the moving blade as a bus moving at high-speed through an area with many airborne insects, where in this case the insects are the dust particles in the air, and the bus is the blade.

Assuming even, that these said insects are some unique sort of insect with no bodily fluids, they would get stuck even on a dry windshield, as long as the bus continues moving.

As the fan blade moves, it constantly collects dust particles.

Dust is not really a tiny dot. It is a small strand of substance; usually from linen or other apparel-making materials.

As the blade edge is thin, it tends to wrap around the edge, and that is why you see 'trails' of dust from the edge.
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post #15 of 19

I suppose you can use anti-dust anti-static spray on the fan blades. This is just like how you would do to ceiling fans.

Options:
a. Make your own (ie mix 1 part fabric softener to 3-4 parts of water). This is the cheapest way but the effect would not last as long because the 'coating' is fairly thin.

b. Anti-static spray for photography (eg http://www.photodon.com/c/Anti-Static-Spray.html)

c. Wax Shop's Slick Stuff (http://www.waxdepot.com/mm5/merchant...tegory_Code=BA). If you have this kind of product already, it could work well.

d. Good old Pledge (!)

I am using Gelid fans with removable blades. The whole fan impeller is detachable in one click for easy washing. I do not use cotton swabs on them anymore.

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post #16 of 19
Actually, most dust is dead skin cells.
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Originally Posted by Nixuz View Post
Actually, most dust is dead skin cells.
Perhaps in most houses. But when you have lots and lots of dust, there is more in your atmosphere. For example, if you own a cockatoo or similar lint-shedding bird you will find feather-colored dust on your filters.
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post #18 of 19
Solution to keeping portable fans more clean.....get yourself some fabric softener sheets and with a hole punch put a few holes in them (4-6) and place them on the rear of your fan......also makes your room smell good too! You can cut down on ceiling fan dust by getting some ceiling fan air filters....they stick on the top of the blades and work great....made in USA by biostrike
post #19 of 19
Pretty much anything you can spray on your fans will attract dust. I've found filters block the worst of the dust and what does get through will blow off fairly easily as long as I clean them frequently. When allowed to stay on anything too long, the dust will pretty much fuse to the surface.
     
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