The Cleaning Lady

How to Clean Your Ceiling Fan

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.

6 Responses to “How to Clean Your Ceiling Fan”

  1. Pamela says:

    Great idea about the pillow cases to catch the dust.

  2. Renee says:

    Wow! What a great idea. Thanks fir sharing.

  3. I so need to do this!

  4. Evie says:

    I love the pillow case idea, I clean houses and always dread the ceiling fans but the pillow case is an awesome idea ty

  5. Lynne karhan says:

    I try and clean my fans (3 of them) at least once a month. I use the 360 dusters and they work really well at trapping all the dust and cat hair. I am always amazed that the 2 that run continuously are always sooooooo full of dust and debris, while the one that doesn’t run at all is usually just a little dusty. One of my fans is in a room with sculpurted ceilings, and I let it go for 2 months and the ceiling itself was in dire need of cleaning too! The pillow cases will definately help.

  6. diana murphy says:

    Boy do I need to do this thanks

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