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How to Clean Ceiling Fans | ValueLights
If you’ve ever lay melting in your home during the height of a heatwave, then you know how many homes are simply not built to withstand heat. You might have even had to play the game of cat and mouse that comes with such weather. The loathed, ‘I need a fan,’ followed swiftly by ‘sorry, we’re totally sold out’.
Over and over and over. So, once you’ve got a ceiling fan, you want to make absolute sure that it sticks around for as long as possible. Which, if you read our blog on how long ceiling fans last then you already know that knowing how to clean a ceiling fan and keep it dust free is key to giving your ceiling fan a long and happy life.
So here are our top tips for how to clean that ceiling light, a how-to keep that fan spinning.
The Pillowcase Method
If you’re a sucker for instant gratification or are looking to save your pennies, this one’s for you. Unless you don’t already own a pillowcase or two, but if that’s the case I’m not sure we can help you. You’re an adult, you should have a pillowcase.
It’s not that widely known, but cotton pillowcases are actually a great option for cleaning. So, beyond just this little hack next time you treat yourself to new bedding and get rid of the old ones, tuck away those pillowcases with your other cleaning supplies. Use them for cleaning mirrors, windows, any smear prone surfaces and ceiling fans.
There’s a knack to using a pillowcase to dedust your ceiling fans.
- First, get a sturdy step ladder.
- Avoid over leaning! Maintaining balance and stability is the only way to stay safe so if you are struggling to reach – get down and move the stepladder.
- Make sure the fan and light (if it’s got one) are switched off.
- Climb the ladder with a clean pillowcase in hand.
- Make sure you’re protected from the dangers of debris. Noone wants eyes and lungs full of fan dust now, do they?
- Lightly clean each blade of the fan, using the body of the pillowcase to catch falling dust.
- If using cleaning products try opting for some human friendly mild dish soap or non-abrasive household cleaner to save your skin and respiratory system from upset.
- Clean gently to avoid causing the blades any damage.
- Make sure anything you’ve had to remove is properly and securely put back together; it is going to be spinning in the air after all.
- An optional extra step to keep the blades cleaner for longer is to spray them down with a repelling spray.
- Switch it back on and enjoy dust free air.
Microfiber Ceiling Fan Dusters
Cleaning the Fan’s Motor
When we’re talking about a fans longevity the motor is super important, if you let dust get all up in the motor then the lifespan is going to get cut short. Like the lifespan of a fan in the wild vs in captivity.
Make sure you’ve got a clear workspace and good task lighting before you jump in on your fan surgery. These are delicate inner workings and poking around willy nilly is a surefire way to do some damage.
As with any electrical item, make sure it’s switched off and disconnected from the mains before you go digging.
Please. We beg you.
The best way to keep it all clear and spinning smoothly is, firstly, to find it. It’s usually housed just above the fan blades, but this information should be available within the instructions that came with it. Once you’ve found the motor, give it the once over with a duster or soft brush (i.e., a paint brush or clean makeup brush) to fling off the bulk of the dust and then go in with a cannister of compressed air to blow away any remaining dirt or dust.
Some final safety tips, Sparky made us promise.
- Above all else make sure the fan is disconnected from the mains.
- Careful with that compressed air cannister! Avoid contact with skin and eyes. It’s not worth it!
- When you kick up all that dust from the nooks and crannies of your ceiling fan it’s got to go somewhere, and we’d prefer that not be into your lungs. So, make sure you’re working in a well-ventilated area.
- As with all electrics; your fan won’t be a fan of liquid. So be mindful of dousing it in liquid cleaning solutions.
- Always look for professional help if you’re unsure. Or you’ll be winging it right into A&E.