how to clean ceiling fan blades

How often do you clean your ceiling fans? You should deep clean them at least once every 3 months with dusting more regularly. You might need to add your ceiling fan to your cleaning schedule more often if you live in a particularly dusty area or if the fan is in the kitchen, where grease can build up on it. Figuring out how to clean ceiling fan blades can be a challenge.

It’s awkward to balance on a stepstool and wipe all the gunk off of fan blades over your head. Keep reading to learn simple and fast ways to clean your ceiling fans.

Grab a Stepstool

Ceiling fans are usually between 7 and 9 feet above the floor, so it’s easiest to clean the blades with a stable stepstool. You can also use a chair if it’s tall enough and sturdy enough. Don’t use a rolling or tilting chair.

Make sure the fan is shut off. Let everyone know that you’re cleaning the fan, so they don’t flip the switch accidentally, or turn off the breaker to prevent it from being turned on. Position the stepstool or chair below the blades.

Use a Pillowcase

For a quick, simple way to clean the entire fan blade in one swipe, grab a pillowcase. Slip the blade inside the pillowcase, and use the fabric to wipe the blades, repeating on each blade until you’re done. You capture all of the dust in the pillowcase instead of dropping it all over yourself or onto the floor.

When you’re done, dump the dust from the pillowcase outside to keep it out of your house. Then, toss the pillowcase in the laundry.

Grab a Duster

If you don’t want to mess around with a stepstool or if the fan is extra high, you can use a dusting tool with an extension arm and a tilting head. Run the duster along the top and bottom of each blade. Lots of dust will fall down as you wipe each blade with the duster, so wearing a mask or bandana over your face is a good idea.

Tackle Greasy Spots

If it’s been a while since you’ve cleaned your ceiling fan, you might notice caked-on gunk or greasy spots. Simple dusting won’t remove the tougher spots.

Prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild detergent or white vinegar. Use a microfiber cloth, which is soft and gentle on the fan blades. Squeeze out all of the excess water so it’s just damp to avoid damaging the fan blades.

Wipe the tough spots with the cloth. Be careful not to press hard or push down on the blades, as this can damage the fan. Dry the blades after using the cleaning solution to get rid of the moisture.

Repel Dust

You can make cleaning easier in the future by using commercial dust-repellent sprays. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe the spray onto each blade. Wiping the blades with dryer sheets can also help to cut down on how much dust it attracts.

How to Clean Ceiling Fan Blades Easily

Once you know how to clean ceiling fan blades the easy way, you won’t dread the cleaning task so much. Regular cleaning keeps the blades free of dust, grease, and grime to make the job easier each time.

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