How To Clean And Extremely Dirty Ceiling Fan

An attractive ceiling fan adds a little something extra to any room in your home, and also provides comfort via energy-saving air circulation. Depending on their size, style and type, ceiling fans can give a room an old-fashioned ambiance, offer tropical excitement or add a sophisticated element to a modern home decor. However, if you've recently moved into an older home that hasn't been well maintained, you may find the ceiling fan is covered in a thick layer of dirt, dust and cobwebs. If you want to get the most out of it, you're going to have to give it a thorough cleaning. The following will show you how.

What You Will Need

  • Plastic Tarp

  • Stepladder with a Built in Tray

  • Plastic Bucket

  • Sponge

  • Feather Duster

  • Dishwashing Liquid

  • Paper Towels

  • Microfiber Cloth

  • Metal Polish

Step 1. Go to the electrical panel in your home and turn off the breaker supplying power to the ceiling fan.

Step 2. If you have any furniture directly below (or close to) the ceiling fan, you should relocate it before you start cleaning. Then position a plastic tarp underneath the ceiling fan. Place a stepladder on the tarp so that you can easily reach any part of the fan.

Step 3. Mix a little all-purpose cleaner into half a bucket of warm water. Drop a clean sponge into the water. Climb up the ladder and have someone hand the bucket up to you. Put the bucket of water on the tray at the top of the ladder. Have your assistant also hand you up a clean feather duster. Start by using the feather duster to clear away all of the cobwebs on or around the ceiling fan.

Step 4. Thoroughly wring out the sponge. It should be only slightly damp. Use it to clean off the ceiling fan motor housing, starting at the top and working your way to the bottom. Be careful when you're cleaning around the motor housing cooling vents, since you don't want to accidentally get water inside with the motor.

Step 5. Rinse off the sponge in the bucket, wring it almost dry again and start gently wiping the dirt from the fan blades. Begin close to the fan motor and work your way along the top side of the blades. Then repeat this with the bottom side of the blades. At some point during this process, you may have to have your assistant empty the bucket and refill it with warm water and cleaner. Repeat this step as many times as it takes to completely clean the blades.

Step 6. If your ceiling fan is equipped with lights, you'll need to remove the globes. Do these one at a time, carefully handing them down to your assistant. Take the globes to a sink and thoroughly clean them, using warm water and dishwashing liquid. Allow them to dry. While they're drying, carefully use a slightly damp paper towel to wipe away any dust on the light bulbs. Once everything has dried, replace the globes on the ceiling fan. Use the damp paper towel to clean off the pull chains on the fan.

Step 7. Use a soft microfiber cloth to buff the surface of the blades and housing. If your ceiling fan's housing is metal, apply a little metal polish. Go back to your electrical panel and turn the power back on to the ceiling fan.

For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact a house cleaning service in your area.