How to Keep Dust Off Your Ceiling Fan

A ceiling fan.
What You'll Need
A sturdy step stool or ladder to stand on
A roll of paper towels or a handful of rags
All purpose cleaning spray
Paste car wax
Car polish buffer
Never work off of a ladder alone.

Ceiling fans are a great way to stay cool, but if you don’t keep the fan blades clean, you’re inviting dust and the problems associated with it into your home. Allergies, asthma, dust mites, and a dirty home are just a few of the problems associated with dust build-up. When dust accumulates on the blades of your ceiling fan, simply turning the fan on can cause it to kick up and spread throughout the rest of your house. This easy to follow guide will teach you how to get the dust off and keep it off.

Be Safe

It is important for your safety, as well as the safety of your fan, that you exercise proper safety measures prior to and during the cleaning of your ceiling fan blades. First, turn the power to the fan off and wait for it to come to a complete stop before placing your step stool or ladder under the fan. Make sure your stepping device is sturdy and strong enough to support your weight shifting around. Climb the ladder. Never work off of a ladder by yourself++++++++++++++

Two ceiling fans.

Find a Good Position

It’s important to find a comfortable position where you can completely reach one of the fan blades. It’s not necessary for you to reach all of them from this position, as long as you can reach one.

Clean the Blades

While standing on your step stool, spray a generous amount of all-purpose cleaning spray on a paper towel. Start on the top of the blade and wipe from the center of the fan outward. After you clean the top of the blade, use the paper towel to wipe along the outer edge of the fan blade before moving down to the underside and wipe it in the same fashion as the other side.

When this blade is clean, gently push it aside and grab the next one that comes your way. The general rule of thumb is to use a new paper towel for each blade but really, the number of paper towels you should use depends on how clean you’ve kept your fan until now. I suggest you use each paper towel until it gets dark and starts smearing dust, or until you move on to the next fan blade, whichever comes first.

A ceiling fan.

Add Wax

Next, you’re going to make sure that each blade is dry. Once they’re all dry, apply your paste car wax. You don’t want to lather it on, but make sure it reaches every part of every blade. Use your buffer pad to buff out the fan blades, leaving them shiny, smooth, and newly waxed. This will prevent build-up, as every time you turn on your fan dust will just fall off because it won’t have anything to stick to.

By following these easy steps you will keep dust off your ceiling fan.