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The Advantages of Keeping Your Ceiling Fan Clean

It’s been a hot summer, so I decided to invest in a fan for the bedroom and the living room. The revival of ceiling fans during the 1980s was one of the best fads to return to our culture. A ceiling fan finally allowed us to gently cool an entire room in warm weather, and it can also be used winter and summer to help the warm air generated by your furnace and the cooled air from the air conditioner circulate better. All of this use is bound to take some toll on your fan, especially when it comes to collecting dust.

You may not pay real close attention to your fan because of where it’s located, but if you take a look, you’ll discover a build-up of dirt along the edges of blades. When you can see this gunk built up on your fan, you’ll know it’s time to get out a ladder and do some serious cleaning.

Dirty blades are more than just unsightly. Maybe you’ve noticed a little bit of wobble in your fan. That can be caused by a build-up of dirt. If you want to keep your fan working as it should, you need to keep it clean. Since it usually involves bringing in a ladder, people tend to put it off. However, it must be done periodically, especially during months of heavy use. So get your ladder set up and grab a bottle of cleaner and some paper towels, and let’s get busy.

The first, most obvious step in cleaning a fan is to turn it off. You don’t want to risk getting hit by the twirling fan blades. In addition, if you try to stop the blades in order to clean them while the fan’s running, you can do damage to the motor or blades. Once the fan has stopped completely, set up your ladder so that you’ll be able to reach the blades easily.

Place your cleaning supplies on the ladder’s paint shelf, and carefully climb up until you can reach the blades. As long as the fan is off, you can safely turn the blades so that you can reach them without doing any damage. You don’t want to spray any cleaner that could get into the motor, so spray it onto a paper towel instead. Starting on top of the blade, gently wipe off any dust and dirt. You may need to use more cleaner and work harder on the edges of the blade, especially if it has been exposed to kitchen grease. After the blade is clean, turn the fan so that you can work on the next one, using a clean paper towel for each blade.

How Often?

Your ceiling fan needs this kind of heavy-duty cleaning at least every other month. In addition, you should dust it every week with a long-handled duster. If the metal parts of the fan need to be shined, you’ll want a different kind of cleaner that is made especially for use on metal. Once again, make sure that you keep the cleaning chemicals out of the motor.

There are many different things you can use to clean your ceiling fan. Swiffer dusters are a popular method. You can also use Pledge or other wood furniture cleaners, cloths made of microfiber, or static dusters. If you’re in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, look for one that has special attachments for cleaning ceiling fans. Many of the upright models come with a telescopic duster which you can also adapt for hand use. Specialty dusters are available that come with a long handle. This means you don’t need to drag in a ladder for weekly maintenance.

Why Bother?

There are three main reasons for cleaning your fan on a regular basis. Keeping the fan clean will increase the longevity of the fan by keeping the motor sound and reducing noise. A clean fan just plain looks nicer, too. If you’ve ever noticed someone’s grungy ceiling fan, you know what I mean. A dirty fan will also throw dirt and dust into your air where particles can get into the lungs of your family or set off allergy attacks. A clean ceiling fan is a safe, healthy fan. Plus a clean house gives you the peace of mind that you enjoy.

I hope you enjoyed reading this article, and stay cool.

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