Angie's How To Clean Ceiling Fans

Date Published: Nov. 12, 2019

Difficulty:33%
Time: 15 Minutes

Dirt, dust and debris get caught on your ceiling fan and then are dispersed throughout your home, causing aggravating allergies and leaving a layer of dust on your furniture. Every two months, take the time to clean your ceiling fan to avoid these problems.

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Tools & Materials Needed 
all-purpose cleaner
canned air ($5 at your local hardware store)
screwdriver
soft cloth or baby wipe
ladder
1MAKE SURE YOUR CEILING FAN IS TURNED OFF

A ceiling fan blade is dangerous when it's moving and can cause serious injury. If you use an on/off switch to control your fan like a light, place a piece of tape on the switch to keep it off during the cleaning process.

2USE A LADDER

Place a ladder directly under the ceiling fan and make sure it's stable. Make sure someone is there to spot you for this cleaning task.

3CLEAN THE FAN

Once you're near the fan, open the compartment that surrounds the motor. You may need a screwdriver to do this. Using your bottle of canned air, spray the motor to remove dust, dirt and other debris. Then, close the compartment.

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4TURN YOUR FAN UNTIL YOU CAN EASILY ACCESS A BLADE

Spray your all-purpose cleaner on a soft cloth, and wipe the top of the blade until you've thoroughly removed the dirt and dust. Repeat this step for each fan blade.

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Note: Avoid the fan's motor and always keep it dry. Any moisture on the motor could ruin the electrical components.

5BONUS:

If your fan is connected to light fixtures, now would be a good time to clean those, too! Here's how: How to Clean Glass.