Cleaning a Ceiling Fan

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.
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June 19, 2009 Flag
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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.

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Works well in the city also, where fans pick up city grime.

By magicalmarilyn from Millstream, Western Australia

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June 20, 20090 found this helpful

At first I thought this was a goofy/tacky idea but when you mentioned using colors I ended up thinking, "Hmmm." ;-) Could you pretty please post a photo ??? Would love to see your purple and black blades :-)

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June 20, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks for the great idea. We have white blades and getting white panty hose won't be a problem. The Georgia clay dust also is very bad so I will be picking up some white panty hose when I go to the store today.

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June 20, 20090 found this helpful

I would also like to see a photo of the purple and black blades-but one question where do you find purple hose?

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June 20, 20090 found this helpful

That is a great idea that I will try this week. We live at a busy intersection and dirt, dust and exhaust from the traffic comes in the windows and keeps our ceiling fans a mess. Thanks for the great tip!

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June 20, 20090 found this helpful

I do NOT like cleaning the ceiling fans at all. So this is definitely one idea that I am going to try. The way I see it, if your fan is always on and the blades are turning, who is going to even notice that they have pantyhose on them? Since we have natural wood style blades it won't be hard to find pantyhose that will compliment them well.

I do want to ask though...as easily as the hose tear,how do you avoid this from happening? What size do recommend one use for their blades (queen size or what?)

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June 21, 20090 found this helpful

Terrific idea, MagicalMarilyn! We ALL hate to clean ceiling fans so this makes an onerous job not quite so intimidating to tackle. By the way, WHAT is a gibber desert for those of us who aren't Aussies by birth? :0)

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July 27, 20100 found this helpful

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!

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July 27, 20100 found this helpful

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!

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August 6, 20120 found this helpful

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!

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August 6, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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August 7, 20120 found this helpful

April 15, 2010 Flag
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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

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April 15, 20100 found this helpful

I clean everything in kitchen with vinegar. It works, good luck.

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April 16, 20100 found this helpful

I agree with vinegar on most everything, but with grease I would try simple green, then rinse with the vinegar or other such as dawn dish soap to remove the grease residue to prevent the grease buildup. Keeping them dusted in the first place is sure easier than getting the built up grease/dust combination of later. I don't like to dust but would rather do it than clean that sticky greasy buildup from up on a ladder.

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April 16, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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April 16, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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April 16, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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April 16, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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April 18, 20100 found this helpful

I like "Greased Lightening". This even removes burned on grease from a broiler pan!

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October 8, 2007 Flag
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What is the best way to clean a ceiling fan?

Onesummer from Atlanta, GA

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October 8, 20070 found this helpful

If it is really dirty you may have to get up on a stool to give a thorough cleaning and to wash the light fixture. After you do the initial cleaning then use a swifter duster with the extending arm to maintain it during your weekly cleaning.

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October 8, 20070 found this helpful

Soap and Water on a ladder, my friend. Simple as that!

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October 8, 20070 found this helpful

I like to get my vacuum out and clean the blades with the brush attachment. The dirt and dust are sucked up by the vacuum and don't fall on the floor or spread to the rest of the room. After vacuumed, I then spritz with cleaner and wipe clean.

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October 8, 20070 found this helpful

I washed mine with Pine-Gel diluted in hot water. Kleen Green should also work well. PS: Make sure the electricity is switched off!!

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October 9, 20070 found this helpful

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.

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October 9, 20070 found this helpful

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

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October 10, 20070 found this helpful

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!

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November 7, 20070 found this helpful

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.

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December 7, 20150 found this helpful

don't screw around...remove three Philips screws, and take the fan blade into the sink and apply ammonia; this will cut thru grease caked on like dried syrup

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