3 Tricks to Make Cleaning Ceiling Fans a Breeze

You could don your least favorite baseball cap and cover everything else in the room with drop cloths to prevent the dust that’s accumulated atop the blades of your ceiling fan from dirtying everything beneath it when you clean; or, you could try these genius cleaning hacks to get the job done before fan season officially begins. They also work great for those bi-monthly dustings.

  1. Repurpose a pillowcase.

Quickly and easily clean the blades of your ceiling fan and trap the dust using an old pillowcase. This works well on fixtures mounted on standard ceilings, tray ceilings and even some vaulted ceilings.

  • Spritz the inside of the pillowcase with a solution of water and distilled white vinegar (about 2 tablespoons).
  • Climb a step ladder until your head is above the fan blades.
  • Place the pillowcase around each blade, gently removing it and trapping dust.
  • Rotate the pillowcase so that you use a clean piece of fabric for each blade.

Once the blades are spotless, wipe the base and the light down with a reusable microfiber cloth or disposable multi-surface wipes.

  1. Use a specialized microfiber duster.

The pillowcase method works great for fans with smooth blades, but dust tends to get trapped in the groves of textured blades. In this case, you can use a microfiber duster designed specifically for ceiling fans. While it is supposed to trap the dust, you may want to place a pillowcase around the blade at the same time to catch any errant particles. After your done cleaning, simply through it in the washing machine.

  1. Buy an extender.

If your fan is mounted more than 13 feet above the ground, use a telescopic pole and attach a microfiber duster to it. This saves you from dangerously stretching and teetering atop a step ladder.

How do you keep your ceiling fan clean? Share your “dirty tricks” with other readers by commenting below.

Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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