Tips for Cleaning Your Ceiling Fan

Lately, every time you turn on your ceiling fan, you notice particles of dust flying around, and other debris getting knocked off the top of the fan. Gross, right? We think so.

Not only does your ceiling fan look better when it’s clean, but it also functions more efficiently and makes the air in your home cleaner and safer for you and your family. However, getting up there to clean your ceiling fan can be quite the feat. Luckily for you, this week’s M & M Lighting blog post is here to provide you with some tips on how to clean your ceiling fan the right way!

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Safety First

When cleaning your ceiling fan, the most important thing to consider is your safety. Whenever you’re working on your fan for any reason, always make sure that the breaker is turned off. You should also be careful as you climb and descend your step ladder, or whatever you are using to be able to reach the ground. Always have a spotter below you in case something goes wrong.

The Blades

When cleaning your ceiling fan, you’ll want to be sure that you’re targeting every element, including the blades, lights, and motor. Let’s first discuss how to go about cleaning the blades. Again, the most important thing is your safety, so before you begin, ensure that your fan is completely off. We recommend also turning off your breaker.

If your fan is still moving when you begin, it can not only harm you, but may also damage your fan.

When cleaning the blades, we recommend using a pillow case. Begin by slipping the pillow case over the blade, then using it to dust off the sides on both the top and the bottom. This helps catch the dust coming off of the blades, instead of allowing it to fly all over your home, creating yet another mess.

After you’re done, we recommend turning the pillow case inside-out and shaking it to get the majority of the dirt and debris out before throwing it in the washing machine!

If you’re going for a bit of a deeper clean, try using a microfiber cloth that’s been moistened with water. Go around each blade and press carefully to remove that extra nastiness. After you’re finished, repeat with a dry towel to grab the remaining moisture.

When cleaning your blades, remember to never press too hard, as this can damage or even break them. You should also avoid the use of any abrasive cleaners or toxic chemicals.

We recommend giving your blades at least a light dusting once a week to keep your fan in tip-top shape!

The Light Fixtures

Again, you’re going to want to make sure that your fan is completely off before you begin cleaning the light fixtures. After you’re sure, you can begin removing the lightbulbs and the glass shades.

We recommend using warm, soapy water to clean the glass shades, and then drying them thoroughly.

After you replace the glass shades, be sure to make sure that they are mounted correctly and tightly, so that they will not shift or fall off when you turn on your fan again. Then, after you’ve replaced the glass shades, you can replace the bulbs.

The Bulbs

While cleaning your ceiling fan, check to make sure that all the bulbs look good and are functioning as they should — change them as needed. If they’re all in working order, we recommend running a clean cloth over them after you’ve removed them from the glass shades.

The Motor

Although the motor of your fan may not look super dirty, it likely is. Cleaning this element is especially important to prolong the life of your fan, as excessive build-up can damage your motor.

Start by wiping the pull chain with a clean cloth. Then, we recommend spraying compressed air into the motor to get all of that interior dust and grime out. Never use harsh substances or sprays, as this can seriously damage your motor.

Cleaning your ceiling fan may not be at the top of your list for exciting things to do around the house, but it is important. If you use your ceiling fan frequently, you want to make sure that you’re not putting any unnecessary dirt, dust, and grime into the air that your household is breathing.

Choose M & M Lighting for Ceiling Fans in Houston

At M & M Lighting, we have a wide array of beautiful ceiling fans to choose from. No matter the color, style, or type of fan you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it at our showroom.

We hope these tips were helpful, and we’re excited to help you find the perfect ceiling fan for your home. To learn more about our options or to purchase your ceiling fan in Houston, reach out to our team at M & M Lighting today!