Tips for Cleaning your Ceiling Fans Quickly and Easily

Keeping your ceiling fan clean and dust free is important.  Not only does it ensure longevity of your fan’s operation, it also ensures the air that your fan is circulating around your home carries less dust with it.

Ideally, your fan should be cleaned every month or two to ensure the least amount of dust build up.  We all know that sticky dust found on the top of kitchen cupboards, well our ceiling fans also capture that dust, and over time, that dust becomes “sticky” and more difficult to remove.  Moreover, it can also damage painted finishes on your ceiling fan blades when chemical cleaners are required to remove it.

We’ve put together a few easy simple tips for keeping your ceiling fan clean and avoiding damage to the finish and operation of your ceiling fans.

Clean regularly

Depending on the season, and the use your ceiling fan gets, removal of dust build up should be done every month or two.

Ceiling fans mounted on a standard ceiling height

If your fan is mounted on a standard ceiling height, a step ladder and a pillow case is all you may need to clean your fan.  Use the pillowcase to wipe down the canopy, downrod and motor housing.  Then slide the pillowcase over each fan blade, gently press down on the fan blade and slide the pillowcase back, removing and capturing all the dust within the pillowcase.  Repeat for all blades and then simply wash the pillowcase.

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Ceiling fans mounted on a high ceiling

If your fan is mounted on a higher than normal ceiling, collect an old sheet and a long arm duster. Lay the sheet out below your ceiling fan, and use the duster to remove dust from the canopy, downrod and motor housing.  Then dust each blade across the top and bottom and around the edges to remove all dust.  Once done, simply shake out and then wash sheet.

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Cleaning a Dirty or “Sticky” Ceiling Fan

If your fan has gone a little longer between cleans, you will need to do put in a little more elbow grease.  You will need a step ladder (or larger for taller ceiling heights), an old sheet, a bucket of warm soapy water and cloth, and paper towel.
Start by wiping down your fan blades with paper towel to remove any loose debris.  Use the damp cloth to wipe over the canopy, downrod and motor housing.  Then use damp cloth to wipe the top, bottom and edges of the blades.  This may require a few goes to remove all the build-up, or may even require a small amount of cleaning solution to remove any stubborn build up.  Be careful with the use of any cleaning solution, and try to spray onto a cloth and not your ceiling fan directly, so that it does not damage the finish to your ceiling fan.

Cleaning Light Covering on Ceiling Fan

Most light coverings on ceiling fans can be removed and washed in warm soapy water. 
Ensure light covering is completely dry before installing back on your ceiling fan.