how to clean ceiling fans

The average US home collects 40 pounds of dust each year.

Because ceiling fans move air, dust commonly settles on them. Not only is dust an allergen, but it also makes your fan work less effectively.

Read on to learn how to clean ceiling fans the right way.

Gather Your Supplies

Learning how to clean ceiling fans isn’t difficult. But you do need to make sure you have the right supplies to get the job done.

For this task, you will need a drop cloth or sheet, a pillowcase, a ladder, a screwdriver, a soapy, damp cloth.

If you have greasy ceiling fans (particularly in the kitchen) you will also need a 50/50 white vinegar and water mix. This is a great non-toxic cleaner that can be used for a variety of cleaning tasks.

Before cleaning the fan, place a sheet or drop cloth directly under the fan. This way, if any dust falls off, it will land on your cloth instead of on your furniture or flooring.

Before you start, make sure the fan is turned off.

Use a Pillowcase

The worst part of cleaning a fan is the dust the goes in your face or all over your room.

Using a pillowcase solves those problems. Put an old pillowcase over one ceiling fan blade. Holding the outside of the pillowcase, wipe down the sides and top and bottom of the blade.

Pull the pillowcase off making sure to keep any dust in the case. Repeat for the remaining blades.

Once you are done, take the pillowcase outside. Turn it inside out and give it a good shake. Toss it in the hamper and launder with other clothing.

How to Clean Glass Globes or Shades

Many ceiling fans have glass globes or shades. You will need to clean these as well.

Use a screwdriver to remove the globes or shades. Be sure to have a good grip on the globe to avoid dropping it.

You can wash these glass covers in warm soapy water in the sink. Or you can use a window and glass cleaner for a streak-free clean.

You may also use your water and vinegar mixture if there is any grease buildup on these.

Make sure to fully dry these before putting them back on the fan. Tighten the mounting screws fully so the glass won’t rattle while the fan is turned on.

How to Clean Ceiling Fans Without a Ladder

Some ceiling fans are installed in very high ceilings or on stairwells. In these locations, it is not possible to use a ladder to reach the fan.

Or perhaps you are unable to climb a ladder or don’t own one. Don’t worry, you can still have clean ceiling fans.

One of the easiest ways to clean fans without a ladder is by using an extendable fan blade duster. These microfiber wands have a long handle so that you can reach the blades without a ladder.

Enjoy Your Dust-Free Fans

Thanks for reading! Now you know how to clean ceiling fans.

Are you in need of some help with the housework? Contact Lemon Blossom Cleaning Services today.