Have you checked out your ceiling fan up close and personal lately? If you haven’t, chances are it’s time to clean it. The amount of serious dust and debris that can accumulate up there is truly amazing; in order to keep your fan in top working order, it is imperative that you clean it a few times a year. You don’t need a special duster or any other fancy equipment – so take ten minutes and follow these steps:
1.) Turn off the fan and attached light fixture (if it is part of the fan).
2.) Spread an old sheet or drop cloth on the floor below the ceiling fan to catch all of the dust that will fall from the fan blades, and put on a baseball hat – if it’s been a while since you cleaned the fan, you will get dust in your hair if you don’t!
3.) Grab a step ladder, an old pillow case and/or some rags, and your favorite all purpose cleaner, or a solution of 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar in a spray bottle.
4.) To clean the blades, slip the pillow case over one of the blades, then apply mild pressure as you pull the pillowcase off the blade. All the dust will stay inside the case. Repeat to clean each blade. If you don’t have a pillow case, use a clean dry rag – everything will fall on the sheet or drop cloth below.
5.) After you have wiped the blades, spray each blade with your cleaning solution and wipe with a clean rag. If you can’t reach the top surface of the blades, spray the rag with the cleaner until moderately damp and wipe both sides of the blades, one at a time, top surface first.
6.) After you have done the blades, spray the light fixture and other parts of the fan with the cleaner and wipe clean, working top to bottom.
7.) Shake out old sheet or drop cloth (plus your hat) outside. Repeat process at least three times each year to keep your fan working efficiently.