Keeping Dust Off Your Ceiling Fan Blade Keeping Dust Off Your Ceiling Fan Blade

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

Ceiling fans are a great way to stay cool, but if you don’t keep each ceiling fan blade 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 simple guide will teach you how to get dust off and keep it off!

Step 1- Safety First

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 stepping 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 and proceed to step 2.

Step 2- Positions

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

Step 3- De-dusting

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, wipe the paper towel along the outer edge of the fan blade before moving down to the underside and wiping 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 amount of paper towels you should use depends heavily upon how clean you’ve kept your fan until now. I suggest you use each paper towel until they get dark and start smearing dust, or until you move on to the next fan blade, whichever comes first.

Step 4- Wax On

Next, you’re going to make sure that each blade is dry. If they’re all dry then apply your paste car wax. You don’t want to lather it on, but do 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 falloff because it won’t have anything to stick to.

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