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HOW TO PROPERLY CLEAN A CEILING FAN

When people are cleaning their homes, how many of them actually remember to clean theirceiling fans too? Too many times our fans are out of sight, out of mind, since they aren’t in our direct line of vision. Since they are so far out of sight, the dust that collects on the motor housing, mount and top of the fan blades, goes unseen and underestimated. Even when you are constantly running your ceiling fan, it can still collect dust.

WHY DO I NEED TO CLEAN MY CEILING FAN?

Your ceiling fan can accumulate dust, dirt, smoke and even grease from your nearby kitchen, and those can damage finishes, thus shortening the life of your ceiling fan. The dust that collects on your ceiling fan ends up getting circulated back into your home, which can be bothersome for your respiratory system, and possibly dangerous for those with severe allergies and/or asthma. For the safety and health of everyone in your home, it is important to regularly clean and dust your ceiling fans.

Don't just dust, clean!

You can do light dustings with a feather duster, but it is recommended that you go a thorough cleaning initially, to remove heavy dust and grime, as feather dusters and wands move dust around, as opposed to removing it. Once the ceiling fan is cleaned, lightly dusting can be time-saving and help maintain a low-dust level. Regular cleanings are suggested once a month, but that can vary depending how often or how often your fan is operated.

WHAT TO USE TO CLEAN YOUR CEILING FAN

You can use items to clean your ceiling fan such as a microfiber cloth, washcloth, or paper towel soaked in cleaner. It is recommended that you are above eye level when cleaning your fan, but if you can’t, be sure to use protective eye wear, to keep debris and cleaning solution out of your eyes.

TIPS TO CLEAN YOUR CEILING FAN

You should clean your fan from top to bottom, so it is best to take your damp (not dripping) cloth or towel and start by cleaning the canopy near the ceiling, working to the downrod, down to the motor housing unit.

Fan shades and globes

If applicable, you should remove the shades or globes from your lights, and clean them either by soaking them in warm water, or spraying and wiping them clean, depending on the level of build up. Before replacing the shades/globes you should lightly dust the light bulbs, and use this time to replace any burnt out bulbs.

Cleaning ceiling fan blades

After you clean the major hardware, you should clean your ceiling fan blades, one blade at a time, starting at the top of the fan blade and wiping from the inner side out to the edges. When moving from one blade to the next, you should rotate the blades towards you, while you stand in place, and make sure the blade has fully stopped before you start cleaning, in order to avoid potential injury. It may take multiple rounds of wiping and cleaning to fully clean your fan and fan blades. After you have finished cleaning your fan, you will probably need to vacuum dust particles out of your carpet or tile flooring. You can possibly avoid this part if you put down a drop cloth before cleaning your fan. You can also  use a pillowcase to clean your ceiling fan blades. You can wipe the blade with one edge, while the dust falls into the open edge of the pillowcase, keeping dust off the floor, and when you’re done, you can simply shake out the pillowcase in your yard.

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