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.
Safety Note: Cleaning your ceiling fans usually requires a ladder. Please use ladder safety precautions at all times.
Make 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.
Use 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.
Clean 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.
Turn 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. Note: Avoid the fan's motor and always keep it dry. Any moisture on the motor could ruin the electrical components.
Bonus: If your fan is connected to light fixtures, now would be a good time to clean those, too! Here’s how: Clean Glass Light Fixtures with Denture Tablets.