Quick and Easy Ways to Clean Your Ceiling Fan

Are you worried because of your room that gets dirty soon after you cleaned it? Where does this dust come from so quickly? Perhaps, you should check your ceiling fan and think about cleaning it properly.

Cleaning Ceiling Fans

A clean and dust free ceiling fan not only works smoothly, it is also responsible to make the air clean and safe. Moreover, dust and dirt on your ceiling fan cause wobbling and other operational issues.

So, how would you clean your ceiling fan? There are few things to keep in mind before taking on this DIY project.

  • First, you need to determine how high your room is ceiling is.
  • Secondly, you need to determine the kind of cleaning required; dusting or the removal of dirt and grease.
  • Lastly, you have to clean the ceiling fan remote control.

In your efforts to learn how to maintain a ceiling fan, tips and tricks discussed in this post will help you a great deal.  Before you go further, you should know that some manufactures have introduced ceiling fans with dust armor coating. It repels dust accumulation on fan blades, making the ceiling fans almost maintenance-free.

4 Simple Steps to Dust a Ceiling Fan on Standard Ceiling

If your room has low-to-moderate ceiling (between 8 and 10 feet), you must be having a standard mount or flush mount.

Materials required

  • Pillowcase
  • Ladder


Follow these steps for dusting:

  1. Reach the ceiling with the help of the ladder.
  2. Using a pillowcase, wipe down the downrod, canopy and motor housing. The pillowcase captures dust better than any other cloth.
  3. Slide the pillowcase over the fan blade and press it gently. Remove the pillowcase and repeat the same process with other fan blades.
  4. After capturing all the dust from the fan, shake the pillowcase well, before washing it.

8 Simple Steps to Dust a Ceiling Fan on High Ceiling

If your room has high ceiling of more than 10 feet, you must be having a standard or extended mount. Wear extra protection to secure your mouth and nose. Here are the tools required:


  • Ladder
  • Duster with long arm
  • Bandana
  • Old sheet


  1. Before dusting your ceiling fan, wear a bandana to prevent dust and dirt from entering your mouth and nose.
  2. Spread the old sheet on the floor right below the ceiling fan, in order to catch falling dust.
  3. With the help of long armed duster, begin dusting at the canopy
  4. Dust down the droprod, followed by motor housing of the ceiling fan.
  5. Dust the surface of the fan blades facing the ceiling, then the bottom surface.
  6. If your ceiling fan has lighting, dust down the glass shade and finial gently
  7. Carefully pick up the old sheet having all the dust, take it outside and shake the dust off
  8. Wash the sheet

7 Steps to Remove Dirt and Grease off Your Ceiling Fan

The time and manner of cleaning is vitally important. Location and environment play a vital role in determining the frequency and manner of cleaning. In general, a ceiling fan must be cleaned thoroughly at least twice a year.

If the ceiling fan is mounted in a place where dirt can access easily, it may need more than dusting, a thorough cleaning perhaps. Here’s what you should do to remove grease and dirt off the fan.

Materials required

  • Ladder
  • Old sheet
  • Baby wipes
  • Odorless spirit or degreaser


  1. Spread the old sheet on the area right underneath the ceiling fan, in order to collect the dirt falling off it.
  2. Set up and position the ladder to reach the fan easily.
  3. If your ceiling fan is dirty but there is no sign of grease: use baby wipes to remove the dirt and debris. Carefully reach every part, holes and screws. Begin with the canopy, through the downrod to the motor housing.
  4. If your ceiling fan is dirty and greasy: Dampen the baby wipe with the odorless spirit or degreaser. Starting from the canopy, wipe down all the components thoroughly.
  5. Care must be taken to clean the fan blades:
  • First remove dirt and greases (if any) from the top surface of the blades, then repeat the same process at the bottom.
  • Scrub away any tough dirt or grease stains.
  • If you are using a baby wipe damped with spirit or degreaser, make sure not to damage the silk screens or design of the blades.
  1. Dispose of the baby wipes.
  2. Take the old sheet outside the house and shake it well enough to remove the dirt.

Things to remember

  • UL WET rating for outdoor ceiling fans means, it can be hosed off.
  • UL DAMP rating of outdoor ceiling fans, as well as UL DRY rating for indoor fans indicate that you should avoid direct contact with water.

4 Simple Steps to Clean a Ceiling Fan Remote

If you know how to maintain a ceiling fan, you will agree that the fan remote can accumulate dirt and debris rather easily. Here are the tips to clean the ceiling fan remote:

Materials needed

  • Cotton swabs
  • Cotton rounds
  • Rubbing alcohol


  1. Pour some rubbing alcohol to dampen the cotton round
  2. Wipe the remote with cotton round. Pay attention to the buttons
  3. Dislodge the grime around the buttons using cotton swabs
  4. Allow the remote to dry

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