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Can't get at the fan to clean

We can't get the cover off to get at the fan to clean it. How do we open it?

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You cannot do it as it need a specialist's skill.What i do is to insert a bubble tea's drinking straw and insert it into a vacuum cleaner's attachment that is formed like a **** and attach the other end into the grills of the device and gently vacuum the dust away.Good luck.

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