What are the Best Tips for Cleaning Ceiling Fan Blades?

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Many people neglect to clean their ceiling fan blades regularly since they are often not only difficult to see clearly, but also hard to reach. For this reason, it may be challenging to know where to begin when cleaning fans, but there are some tips that may make the job feasible. The first step is choosing the appropriate material for cleaning, as the best items range from a microfiber cloth to a simple rag. If the latter is chosen, it is important to select an appropriate cleaning solution to use with the rag. In addition, protecting the floor underneath the ceiling fan is often a good idea, especially if the blades are particularly dusty.

Homeowners who only have basic cleaning supplies, such as rags, sponges, or paper towels, should choose the material they prefer before cleaning. It is helpful to decide whether to use a material that can be reused, or one that is meant to be thrown away, as some people are not comfortable cleaning very dirty items with reusable supplies. Of course, some homeowners have more advanced products, such as a microfiber cloth, which typically collects dust and dirt easily without the use of cleaning solution. Additionally, a u-shaped brush can clean both sides of the ceiling fan blades at the same time, and often includes a long handle to reach up high.


If a microfiber cloth is chosen for the task, cleaning solution does not usually need to be used, but other cleaning products, such as rags, typically do require it. Some homeowners buy solution made just for cleaning the dust and dirt off of household surfaces, while others prefer to make their own. For example, water and a few drops of distilled white vinegar can usually be mixed together to thoroughly clean ceiling fan blades. On the other hand, some people opt to just use soap and water, or even water alone, which can be equally effective at removing dirt.

Before cleaning ceiling fan blades, it is helpful to cover the floor under the fan in order to protect it from the dust and dirt that tends to fall off during the process. This is especially true if there is furniture under the fan, such as a bed or couch. A large sheet or blanket can be used for this job, though of course homeowners can just sweep or vacuum after the chore is complete if they do not have a way to protect the surface under the fan. Additionally, it is helpful to wear a baseball cap along with goggles or sunglasses while cleaning ceiling fan blades, as this can prevent debris from falling into the eys or hair during the process.


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@Animandel - Sign me up for those detachable ceiling fan blades too. However, while we are waiting you might want to try using a pillowcase to clean the blades. A friend taught me this little cleaning trick and I find that it saves a lot of time and effort.

The first thing you need to do is get a pillowcase, preferably an old one that you aren't using on the bed anymore. However, you can wash the pillowcase, so use whatever you have handy. Slip the pillowcase over a fan blade and then press the case against the blade and pull the case off.

As you wipe off all of the dust and dirt it will fall into the

pillowcase. Make sure you are careful and don't let all of the debris fall out of the pillowcase when you get to the end of the blade. Give this a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how well this works.

Post 1

I never think of cleaning the ceiling fan blades. I am so short I don't even notice all that dust and grime piling up on top of them and I just pretend they are clean until someone points out the mess. This someone is usually my husband.

Cleaning the blades would be so much easier if you could simply pop them off and take them down then replace them. Someone should start working on detachable ceiling fan blades that allow for easy cleaning. The inventor would make a fortune, and I would be the first customer.

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