It’s springtime again—time to refresh and give the house a thorough cleaning. As you remove the clutter, scrub the floors, and polish the baseboards, you might want to clean your ceiling fan as well. At the very least, take a little extra time this spring to give your ceiling fan a complete cleaning.
Cleaning a Ceiling Fan
It doesn’t take very long to clean a ceiling fan, and it can create a healthier environment in the process. Prevent dirt, dust, and grime piling up and damaging your fan by following these simple steps:
- Prepare the area for cleaning. Turn the ceiling fan to the “off’ position. Place old sheets under the ceiling fan area and over any furniture that could be hit by falling dust. Use a sturdy ladder or step stool. Carefully climb to a step that puts you at or above eye level with the fan.
- A feather duster is perfect for removing dust on all areas of the fan. Use the extension hose of your vacuum to clean the ceiling fan’s housing fixture, and a damp cloth to remove excess dirt.
- Slip a pillowcase over each blade and use both hands to slide it across the blade and pull it off. Then follow-up with a damp cloth to wipe down the blades. Be careful not to bend the blades as this can affect the performance of your fan.
- You may have to use all all-purpose cleaner to remove built up dirt and grime on the blades. Be careful not to spray cleaner on or near the motor when cleaning a ceiling fan.
Regular cleanings will be faster and easier now that you’ve done a deep cleaning of your ceiling fan. Your fan will operate at its peak performance and will last longer when you keep it clean and properly maintained.
In addition to cleaning a ceiling fan, spring is a good time of year to reverse the direction of the fan. In the summer (or warm spring months) you want the fan to spin in a forward direction (counter-clockwise) to maximize the cooling airflow. The forward direction forces air down to produce a wind-chill effect.
This winter you will want to reverse the direction (clockwise) at a low speed. In the reversed direction your fan will force air towards the ceiling. Since warm air rises, your fan will push the air down and out to the walls to produce a warming effect in the room.
While you’re spring cleaning this year, don’t forget to clean your fan as well. By thoroughly cleaning a ceiling fan at least once a year you can increase its longevity, improve performance, and benefit your health by removing dust mites as well. Learn more about cleaning a ceiling fan and browse a wide selection of fans at www.CeilingFan.com.