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Video:How To Clean A Ceiling Fan

with Ami Young

Do you have a dirty ceiling fan? This video demonstrates different ways to clean it safely and effectively.See Transcript

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Transcript:How To Clean A Ceiling Fan

Hi! I'm Ami Young for About.com Home.

Ceiling Fans are great for moving warmer air to the floor in the winter and lifting the warm air to the ceiling in the summer. However, dirty blades can cause your ceiling fan to wobble. So today I'm going to show you how to keep your ceiling fan balanced by covering a couple of different tips to keep your fan wobbling at a minimum.

There are two types of maintenance you need to do to keep your ceiling fan running smoothly:
  • Weekly dusting, to prevent dust from building up
  • A more thorough cleaning of the blades, which should be done about every two months

Lightly Clean a Ceiling Fan Weekly


For weekly dusting of the fan blades, you will need a ceiling fan cleaning brush. It has a long pole with a light feather-like duster attached to the end of it, so you can dust the blades without having to climb up a ladder each week.

With safety in mind, turn off the ceiling fan first. While standing under the fan, lift the pole up toward the fan blades, making sure that the dusting brush is lying evenly against the blade, and with a light sweeping motion, run the duster along each of the blades.

Thoroughly Clean a Ceiling Fan

Now, if you havent cleaned your ceiling fan in a while, you will need to do a more thorough cleaning of the blades, and this should be done about every two months. For this type of cleaning you will need a tall sturdy ladder, a roll of paper towels, and a bottle of all-purpose cleaner.

After turning off the ceiling fan, position a tall step ladder beneath the fan in a place that will allow you easy access to the blades. Carefully climb the ladder and rotate the fan blades until one of the blades is within easy reach.

To avoid getting cleaner inside the motor, spray all-purpose cleaner onto a paper towel. Wipe away dirt and dust from the top of the fan blade with the moistened paper towel, then use a fresh paper towel with cleaner and wipe the blades surface to finish the cleaning process on each blade. Continue this process until each blade is clean.

And there you have it! A clean and smooth running ceiling fan!

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