Two easy and fuss-free approaches to cleaning the dirt and dust off your ceiling fans – without getting it all over your floors or bedding!
Soon it will be warm and we’ll be wanting to turn on the ceiling fans to circulate the air again, but before we do that we need to remove all the dust that’s built up on the blades over winter. Yes, look up and see all that dust that’s gathered on your fan! If not cleaned, it will spread over your whole room which may cause allergies and hayfever.
HOW TO DUST CEILING FAN: METHOD #1
Ensure your fan is switched off.
Slide the pillowcase over fan blades so that the blade is inside the pillowcase.
To help prevent dust from falling out, scrunch the opening of the pillowcase around the blade. Using your hands, press the fabric of the pillowcase against the side of the blade so that the dust releases and falls into the pillowcase. Repeat on each fan blade.
If needed, use a cleaning cloth and a light spritz of cleaner (or wipes) to remove any extra dust build-up.
Shake the pillowcase outside or over the laundry sink to remove all the dust. Turn the case inside out to make sure all the dust is cleaned away.
Clean the pillowcase in the washing machine using hot water and laundry detergent.
If you have a squeaky fan keeping you awake at night, dust build up could be the reason. A good clean might be the answer!
HOW TO DUST CEILING FAN: METHOD #2
Place rags or old towels below where you are cleaning to catch any dust that drops off. That way you can easily shake the towels outside when you’re done.
Use a step-ladder to reach the fans, or stand on the bed if underneath (but be careful please!).
If you are a shorty like me, you will more than likely not be able to see the tops of the fans. Perhaps wear your sunglasses to prevent dust falling in your eyes.
It’s best to use the brush attachment on the vacuum cleaner first, as this will pick up all the clumps of dust.
Take off the brush attachment regularly and suck up the build up on the brush with the vacuum.
If the vacuum hose isn’t long enough, bring a chair beside you and place vacuum on chair to give it more height.
Not all dust will have been picked up. Use a damp cloth, damp paper towel or surface wipes to wipe the top and bottom of each blade. Using a damp cloth will collect the dust easier and prevent it from falling onto the floor below.
Seasonally – or you may need to clean more often if you live in an area with dust stirring regularly outside.