Easy Tips for cleaning your Ceiling Fan 

A living room with a ceiling fan.
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The temperatures of this late summer have put the thermometers up there, and to withstand all this heat without melting, nothing better than relying on an efficient ceiling fan. Whether ceiling or stand, the point is that they collect dust and residues as they are used. After all, do you know how to clean a ceiling fan? No? So check out tips that we’ve separated below to help you clean your ceiling fan.

Why is it important to clean the fan?

The fan is pieces of equipment made up of blades that make the air circulate through a rotating movement. If these paddles or other components of the appliance are full of dust or residues adhering to them, the dust will be thrown into the environment. All this airborne dust will bring or aggravate respiratory problems and allergies. 

It is why it is very important to keep your ceiling fan clean and suitable for use at all times. The materials needed to clean a fan may vary by equipment type. In general you will need the following items – screwdriver or wrench, dry cloth or absorbent paper, warm water, and neutral detergent.

Turn off the equipment

Under any circumstances, never service or clean electrical equipment while they are plugged in. Therefore, to ensure your safety, it is not enough to leave the button in the off position, it is important that the socket is unplugged from the wall. Turn off all electricity in the house before starting to clean your ceiling fan. 

You might be wondering “but just turning off the fan isn’t enough?” It can even be, but to ensure total safety and no risk of shock, it is best to turn everything off and only turn it on after the cleaning procedure.

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Disassemble the equipment

Traditional fans usually have housing around the blades to protect users, but this housing prevents you from being able to properly clean all the corners where dust and dirt get lodged. For effective cleaning, disassemble your fan using the screwdriver, bring it down, place it on the floor and start disassembling. Modern fans have remote control or Bluetooth technology. Some models even have ceiling lights on it. Be careful when disassembling

Clean parts: fan blades, hull, ceiling stand

Remove most of the dirt with a soft dry brush. If the fan has not been cleaned for a long time or if it has been exposed to grease, remove as much of the thicker dirt as possible in this step. In the next step, it is recommended to use a damp cloth with detergent and hot water. 

In this step, remaining dust and dirt or oily substances will be cleaned. Moisten a cloth in a container with water and detergent. Wring it well so that it does not get too wet, which can be harmful to the fan. Clean the propellers very gently, one at a time.

Wash the parts

Using water, mild detergent and a soft sponge, wash the parts well until all the dirt has been removed. Do not splash water on parts that have electronic components. These should be cleaned with a soft brush or a dry cloth. If you prefer to use a dry cloth, the dust will end up spreading throughout the furniture, only increasing the dirt. It is why, you need to disassemble the fan and start cleaning. If you don’t want to disassemble the fan then place cover on top of the furniture. 

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Dry the parts

Thoroughly dry all parts that have been washed in soap and water with a soft cloth or absorbent paper. You can place them under the sun for one or two hours, so that they dry completely.

Assemble the equipment

Assemble the fan by fitting all the pieces into place and screwing everything together correctly. If you want, put a drop of lubricating oil in the propeller fitting to make it work better. When fitting the propeller, check the mark that informs which side it must be inserted.

Pro tip

Another very efficient way to clean your ceiling fan is using a pillowcase. It’s actually quite simple, just fit the fan propeller inside the pillowcase, put pressure with your hands on the fabric and gently pull the pillowcase, making all the dirt and dust deposited on the propeller is pulled by the hands and falls into the pillowcase. Easy, isn’t it?


Cleaning the ceiling fan, like any other electrical appliances, should be done regularly to prevent it from spreading even more dust around the house. But, if your ceiling fan is very dirty, we know that just a cloth dampened with water won’t take care of all the dirt, right? For these cases, the tip is to use white vinegar instead of water, as it will help to remove the dirt more easily.

If you want to stay away from these hassles of cleaning the fan, it has become even more easier with best ceiling fans brands like Crompton offering easy to clean Anti dust fans which attract minimum dust. These Anti dust fans are designed to attract bare minimum dirt as compared to regular ceiling fans, as a result, cleaning becomes way to easy and hassle free.

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