With ceiling fans being up high and out of reach, we tend to neglect cleaning them regularly. When we do finally get around to it, the layer of dust can be quite thick. This is a guide about cleaning a ceiling fan.
An easy way to keep ceiling fans clean. Cut the legs off old pantyhose and put one on each blade, stretching them until the whole blade is covered. You'll have extra at the motor end so twist this until it's a tight roll then tuck it back into the "leg". When the pantyhose gets dusty, just remove and wash.
We live on the edge of a gibber desert where it's very dusty so our fans are always dressed in their best. No longer plain white, they look very colourful. They're currently wearing purple and black.
Works well in the city also, where fans pick up city grime.
By magicalmarilyn from Millstream, Western Australia
Now that I have a reason to buy pantyhose, I will keep my ceiling fan from picking up every piece of dirt from the road next to our house, this is great!
Thanks for the suggestion!
Not so sure that this a good idea. Fan blades are weighted and delicately balanced. If you put stockings, tights, etc. on the blades, you disturb that balance. This could wreak havoc with the ball bearings, electronics and other moving parts of the fan. Plus the wind "drag" caused by the stocking, makes your fan work harder. Dusting a fan is not that difficult. Why risk causing harm to the fan or possibly sparking an electrical fire to save yourself 45 seconds of wiping down five fan blades. Not a cost effective tip!
What an amazing idea! Pantyhose are so light and airy that I wouldn't give it a second thought about attaching them to my fan. As someone who lives in a severely drought affected state - and who despises cleaning the ceiling fan - this tip is a winner! Thank you for a great tip to use old pantyhose, while keeping an always-needs-doing chore at bay!
The white blades in the "kitchen" ceiling fan were quite hard to clean I must say... ended up doing the best I could and eventually buy a new one. Not sure about this idea but worth it for people to try. It is not just the blades that get dirty though, the interior of the fan unit itself does as well over time and inhibits the motor.
I have two white ceiling fans in my kitchen and I clean them with Comet liquid but it still doesn't get the grease film off. What can I use to clean them?
By Momma Dobson from KS
Try 'Dawn Power Dissolver' found at Wal-Mart near the dishwashing detergent. If your fans are not made of unfinished wood it should work. I find that it really does disolve the grease. I prefer to spray it on my cleaning cloth and apply to the surface rather than spray directly on the greasy area, especially on a smaller area.
1/4 Cup Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Vinegar
1 Cup Ammonia
Mix with 1 gallon of very warm water. I double it because I use a bucket with 2 gallons of water. This is great for walls & woodwork too but you should dry wood afterward.
I agree. If we all would just add dusting our blinds and ceiling fans to our dusting routine we could avoid having to clean this items. But like everyone else, I forget and when it gets bad, I find the only thing that works, is Awesome, a cleaner from the dollar store, in the purple bottle. You can find it other places too, I believe. Oh, and use a microfiber cloth. That keeps it form all falling in your face or on the floor. Those rags hold on to dust or hair until you peel it off. Amazing.
Whichever method you use, I would make sure that I dry the blades thoroughly & don't get them overly wet as they could warp & your fan won't work properly after that.
What is the best way to clean a ceiling fan?
Onesummer from Atlanta, GA
Slip a pillowcase over each blade, then grasp tightly as you pull the case off. Both sides of the fan blade are dusted at the same time, and the dirt and dust stays inside the pillowcase.
After thoroughly cleaning with soap and water and wiping dry, apply a thin coat of Armor All, you will be surprised on how clean your fans stays
I always clean my fans good (usually with lysol cleaner), then take dryer sheets and wipe them down good. This keeps the "dust bunnies" from sticking!
Dollar General sells a circular brush cleaner with long handle for cleaning fans. It's wonderful and very inexpensive. Haven't tried putting any spray cleaner on it but probably could.