How to Clean Ceiling Fans

Learn our simple, 7-step method for effectively cleaning your ceiling fans.

How to Clean Ceiling Fans

Gather a few supplies, grab a friend or family member to spot you on the ladder, and you’re ready to get started. Your safety comes first though, so if you have high ceilings, hire a professional to do the job.

Ladder or stepladder
Flat bed sheet
All-purpose spray cleaner (and wood cleaner if your fan blades are wooden)
Cleaning rag
Paper towels

1. Turn off the ceiling fan. Make sure the fan’s off before you start cleaning. If it also has light bulbs, unscrew them to avoid breakage
2. Protect the floor. Spread the bed sheet on the floor below the ceiling fan. Place the ladder or stepladder on the sheet, directly under the fan. Have sometime spot you while you’re on the ladder
3. Clean the blades. Spray the tops and bottoms of one ceiling fan blade with all-purpose or wood cleaner. Slip a pillowcase over it, making sure the blade is inside the pillowcase. Position one hand on top of the pillowcase and one on the bottom and slowly pull it off the blade, letting the dust fall into the pillowcase instead of onto your floor. Shake dust into trashcan
4. Repeat the cleaning. Repeat Step 3 until all the blades are cleaned
5. Polish the blades. Spray a cleaning rag with all-purpose or wood cleaner and polish all of the blades
6. Clean the lights. If you have lights on your ceiling fan, clean the light shades while you’re up there. Spray paper towels with all-purpose cleaner and wipe them down. Be careful to avoid the socket and never spray directly onto hot light bulbs, as it could spark a fire or shatter the bulb
7. Tidy up. Shake out pillowcase and sheet over trashcan, then wash

Tip: Shake out the pillowcase and sheet over an outside trashcan to avoid sending all that dust back into the air of your home.

Do you have tips for maintaining your ceiling fan’s cleanliness? Share it in the comments section below!



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