When the summer months roll around, many people opt to make use of their ceiling fans instead of turning on the air conditioning every day. This is a great way to save money but it can also lead to a lot of dust flying around the room after it collects on the blades of the fan. This is an especially big problem during the summer, when there is a great deal of moisture in the air. To avoid causing allergy flare-ups and other health problems, it is important to know how to clean a ceiling fan.
1. Make sure that the fan is not turned on.
2. Place a stepladder underneath the fan that is tall enough to allow easy access to all of the fan blades.
3. With careful steps on the ladder, turn the fan until it is easy to reach one of the blades.
4. Using a paper towel, spray a bit of all-purpose cleaner.
5. With the damp paper towel, clean all of the dust and dirt from the fan blade.
6. Rotate the fan until it is possible to grab another one of the blades.
7. Using a new piece of paper towel with cleaner, wipe the surface of the new blade.
8. Repeat all of the above steps until the entire fan is clean.
Anyone with a ceiling fan in their home should be sure to clean it thoroughly at least once every couple of months. However, if anyone in the home is prone to allergies, or if there are small children living in the home, it is a good idea to do it more often. Children and people with allergies are much more likely to be bothered by even a small amount of dust on the fan blades. Remember that, during the summer, moisture allows more debris to cling to the fan and it is more likely to fly around the room once the fan is turned on. Practice caution when cleaning the fan blades and be sure to never do it when the fan is operating.