Nothing is worse than spending an afternoon cleaning, and then turning on the ceiling fan and watching clods of dust and dirt fly. Guests leave, and no one wants to come back.
Keeping dust off the ceiling fan blades not only looks nice, but also it reduces the amount of allergens in the air. Although it doesn’t seem to weigh much, dust accumulation does affect the electric motor performance and shorten its useful life.
Instead of pulling out a stepladder or standing on chairs every week to wash ceiling fan blades, here are four tips to help keep dust off and reduce cleaning time.
Ceiling fan blade covers
Made of washable fabric, fan blade covers simply slip over the ceiling fan blade and capture all the dust, hair, and dirt circulating in the room. Just take them off on a regular basis and wash them in the sink with soap and water or place in a lingerie bag in a delicate washing machine cycle.
Order them plain, pre-printed with a design or have a picture embossed on them.
This amazing invention is simple. Place the blade wipe over the ceiling fan blade and pull it off. All the dust and dirt goes into the bag instead of back into the air.
Take the blade wipe outside to the garbage can, turn it inside out and shake. This is similar to cleaning a vacuum cleaner bag. Once completed, wash by hand or in a washing machine. Hang to dry and it’s ready to use again.
Ye olde dust rag
Sometimes the classics work best. Setting a schedule and regular cleaning with a clean, damp rag or dust cloth will keep the ceiling fan in working order and the blades dust free.
All-purpose cleaners, soap and water or commercial sprays that make the claim “dust-repellent” work on ceiling fan blades. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations before using commercial cleaners. Test a small area, preferably on top of the blade first. If any damage occurs, no one will notice.
“Clean from the top down.” That was the motto of my first job- a hotel maid. The dusting pattern went: ceiling fan first, then the picture frames, then the door and window frames, and so on. The vacuum cleaner on the floor picked anything that fell off the dust rags up.
Ceiling fan duster
Instead of bringing out a stepladder or chair every day, use a specially made duster that cleans ceiling fan blades. This device consists of an adjustable pole with an oblong duster on the end. The center of the duster fits over the ceiling fan blade, and the static electricity as well as the ends of the duster remove the dust.
Some dusters are available with different dust attachments, thus extending the usefulness of the product. Moving a chair or ladder around the room becomes unnecessary.
Any of these tips, used on a regular basis, will keep your ceiling fan blades dust free and help your fan last for years. No one will be afraid to look up, and guests won’t cover their heads when you turn the fan on.