In the US, we spend almost 6 hours a week cleaning. For some, this number might even be higher, and you might be sick of it. But you know what they say: work smarter, not harder. The fact is, you might be wasting a lot of time and effort on cleaning. Not only that, but you might also be neglecting some key things, such as your ceiling fan. We know—it can be a pain to get up there, so is it really necessary to clean these fixtures? The simple answer is “yes!” When it comes to ceiling fan cleaning, we’ve got you covered. Here are 7 ceiling fan cleaning tips you should put into practice!
1. Use Pillowcases
This might sound weird, but it’s actually such a great cleaning hack that you’ll be eager to clean!
Grab your spare pillowcases and slip one on each blade. Secure them by tying them at the center.
Turn on your fan at its highest speed and let it go for a little bit. Turn it off, and then untie and remove each pillowcase.
Carefully empty each one into your trash can and then throw them into the laundry basket. Or for those who want to keep things as tidy as possible, wash the pillowcases right away.
This is a great trick to use on a regular basis. Not only is it easy, but it also keeps dust from falling onto your bed, furniture, and flooring.
2. Get Yourself a U-Shaped Brush
If you take a close look at your fan blades, they’re curved, which makes it hard to dust with a regular duster. Do yourself a favor and go to the local hardware store to pick up a U-shaped brush.
This brush will allow you to wipe both sides of the fan blades at once, which can save you both time and effort. It’ll have a long handle for easier use too!
If you don’t feel like fastening pillowcases to the fan blades, then the brush can come in handy for a quick wipe. For the best results, switch between the pillowcases and the brush every week or so.
3. All You Need Is a Cloth and Soapy Water
You might think you need some fancy cleaners to get your ceiling fans clean, but you’d be mistaken. For the average ceiling fan, all you need is a clean cloth and warm soapy water to get it sparkling clean again.
Just make sure you first dust it with one of the above two methods. This will help remove a lot of the dirt and dust and will make it a lot easier for you to clean the blades.
4. Get Extra Help If You Need It
For most households, you should be able to clean your ceiling fans with just a clean cloth and warm soapy water. But what if you have quite a bit of buildup, plus it’s sticky and hard to remove?
In that case, you should buy home cleaning products that are safe to use on fixtures. You don’t have to always use them for cleaning ceiling fans, but instead, every once in a while, such as when you’re doing some spring cleaning.
If you have it in your house, you can also use an all-purpose cleaner to wipe down each blade. However, make sure you don’t spray the liquid directly onto the fan. Instead, spray it onto the cloth and then gently wipe to avoid warping the fan blades.
5. Don’t Forget About the Light Coverings
While you’re up there, don’t forget to give your ceiling fan light coverings a good clean too. Carefully remove them and then immerse them in warm soapy water in your sink.
You can let them soak in there while you’re cleaning the fan blades to cut down on time. This will also make it easier to clean later on, as the warm water and soap will help break down any residue on your light coverings.
In between cleaning your ceiling fans, you can head over to the sink and wipe down the coverings with a clean cloth. Once they’re clean, put them out to dry and resume ceiling fan cleaning.
You should also wipe down the light bulbs with a clean cloth while the light coverings are off. Take this opportunity to replace any bulbs that are on their way out or have already burned out.
When you’re done with the entire process, the coverings should be completely dry, which means you can put them back on. Never replace them while they’re wet.
6. Get the Motor Housing Too
Just like everything else up there, the motor housing can gather some dust, dirt, and debris as well. So don’t forget to clean it, as it’s pretty much the most important part of your ceiling fan!
Get a clean and dry cloth and wipe the pull chain, as well as the motor housing. Bring a can of compressed air to spray the motor housing. That way, you’ll get into the nooks and crannies with very little effort!
7. Apply a Dust-Repelling Spray
If you’re sick and tired of how quickly dust builds on your ceiling fans, we highly recommend that you apply a dust-repelling spray! You can buy products from the store, such as Endust.
For the DIY lovers, you’ll be pleased to know that you can make your own at home. Simply mix 1 part liquid fabric softener to 4 parts water. Mix, spray on a clean cloth and then wipe both sides of your fan blades.
Make Ceiling Fan Cleaning Easy With Our Tips
As you can see, ceiling fan cleaning doesn’t have to be something you dread. While yes, these fixtures are up high in inconvenient places, our tips make it just a bit easier to keep them spotless.
So make sure you regularly clean your ceiling fans. Even if they’re constantly in motion, it’s still possible to get a buildup of dust, dirt, and debris on top of them. Keep your household healthy by putting our cleaning tips into action!
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- About the Author
Abigail Bassey is an interior design and lifestyle enthusiast & blogger with over 5+ years of experience in writing and editing. She takes pleasure in helping people achieve their dream homes.