Ceiling Fan Cleaning 101

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Dear Home Ec 101,
How do you clean ceiling fans? I’m especially wanting to know how you manage to clean them without dust bunnies falling down onto the furniture.
A fan of fans

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retrochick.JPGIvy says:

I suppose, theoretically, if you cleaned your ceiling fans constantly that there’d never be any little bits of dust falling off when you clean them. I, however, only remember to clean my ceiling fans every once in awhile, usually if I happen to be looking up when the fan is off. Or during spring and fall cleaning. So yes, I feel your pain about dust going everywhere when you clean the ceiling fan.

My old way of cleaning ceiling fans is to put some old pantyhose on the end of a broom and go from there. But when I worked as a professional maid, I was introduced to the wonder of lambswool dusters, and I got one immediately and never looked back. But that still doesn’t address the main problem- those weird snakes of dust that come tumbling down everywhere.

This was another trick I learned while working as a maid. Start in the master bedroom. Peel off all the bedding but the fitted bottom sheet. Get the comforter or coverlet out of the way and put the top sheet in the laundry (might as well take care of 2 chores at once, right?) Then just dust the fan, one blade at a time toward the sheet. This way all the dust comes down onto the sheet and not the floor.

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Then take the sheet into any other room you’re cleaning and use it to catch the dust bunnies. Before you put it in the laundry, make sure to take it outside and shake it out– that dust is really dirty and you don’t really want that in your washing machine. Then just wash the sheet and put fresh sheets on the bed in your master bedroom before you lay down and appreciate the cleanness of your ceiling fan.

Pretty simple, eh?

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16 thoughts on “Ceiling Fan Cleaning 101”

  1. I stick a pillowcase over the blade and use the pillowcase to both dust and catch the dust bunnies

    then take the pillowcase outside, turn it inside out and shake before laundering

  2. I guess I am a sucker for punishment. I get the ladder and a bottle of all-purpose cleaner and the old burp cloths out (cloth diapers). I completely wipe them down and then vacuum up the pile of dust when done. I get them COMPLETELY clean so I don’t have to do it again for four months. This will be the only chore on a Saturday afternoon. After this I feel the need to take the rest of the day off (Pizza delivery, anyone?)

    Luckily the house we are in now only has three fans…..I’ve lived in houses that had as many as seven!!

  3. Very nice tips to help clean the fans. I usually use something that grabs all the dust and doesn’t let any of it escape. Sometimes there are some that get past it and fall on the floor or whatever else is around. I will use your tip from now on. Thanks.

  4. That’s an excellent tip and one that I hadn’t thought of with the bottom sheet. We typically use one of those extending swiffers but that doesn’t forgoe the problem with the runaway bunnies. Still does well just every once in a while you get a stray. I’ll have to try this next time.


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