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Clean Ceiling Fans

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WHY DO THIS?


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.

15 MINUTES
EASY

What You'll Need:

  • all-purpose cleaner
  • canned air ($5 at your local hardware store)
  • screwdriver
  • soft cloth or baby wipe
  • ladder

How To:

Safety Note: Cleaning your ceiling fans usually requires a ladder. Please use ladder safety precautions at all times.

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

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