We just figured this out ourselves. There are four (4) screws on the back of each fan that when undone it releases the grill for cleaning. But the fun part is getting the screws back in to the little holes. But all in all we got it clean...
I used tweezers to put the screws back into place..... Also...the screws are on the back of each fan head between the back grills....it's hard to see...but after CLOSE inspection you'll see them.
Wash the front grills in the sink, dry and put back into place. I wiped the fan blades and used my dyson to clean the back grills. Looks like new.
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There's usually a screw or a clip which locks the two halves of the grill together. You need to remove the screw or undo the clip. Then you should find that one half of the grill cage just lifts out of its locating lugs. Once you've got the cage open you have access to the fan impellor. This should be removable. Sometimes by undoing the locking screw or just by pulling it off. You can now get to all parts of the fan assembly to clean it. Here are some links to useful sites: DIY Home Improvement Information DoItYourself com YouTube Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post
I have a similar model to this one. It's a little tricky. Everything snaps or twists together. Press a little on the front and back of the fan grills and twist lefty loosy to open. The blades are an easy detachment, just pull them out easily, and take off the back grill. The back grill may have two screws connecting it to the main case of the fan, but mine didn't.
There are four clips the hold the grill to the cowl.
Look along the outer edge, on the back. One clip at 11 o'clock, one at 2 o'clock, one at 4 o'clock, and one at 8 o'clock. Use a flat blade screw driver to push the 11 and 2 positions down (do 11 then do 2) and the grill shuold come off. The clips are just tabs molded into the grill, don't push too agressively, or the tab will break, and the grill will not latch on as well. Check the Vornado website for more information. They used to have a video about cleaning.
Use mild soap and water the clean the blades after removal.
Yeah it takes a good push and a sharp tug to get them off if they've been there for awhile, they get greasy and stick, They sometimes bend a bit coming out but they're easy to staighten after you clean them. and yes they are one part.
You can remove it by pressing the clips. I used a flat screwdriver as there was no way my thumb would fit in there. But it worked like a champ with the screwdriver. I pressed two clips and it popped and then I could simply lift the grill away from the fan blades.