A Dusting Conundrum: Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans—can’t live without ‘em, don’t want to clean them. They should just spin off any dust on them anyway… right?

Sad to say, ceiling fans are not self-cleaning. I don’t know about you, but I don’t spend much time looking upward, so they tend to get cleaned when a dust bunny hits me in the forehead. That’s when you get out a wet paper towel, give it a quick wipe and you’re done… right? Wrong.

Shoving dust off of your ceiling fan’s blades all willy-nilly will likely leave them unbalanced, and we all know how annoying an unbalanced fan is—creaking, clicking or whining as it spins. So here are some better options to choose from.

    • For light dust, use your vacuum’s brush attachment and gently run it over the top and bottom of each blade (yes, there’s dust underneath too).
    • Heavier dust bunnies need a little more heft. Start with step one, then fold a damp cloth (microfiber is best, but any soft cloth will typically do) over one side of a blade, and slowly pull it from one end to the other, applying equal pressure on the top and bottom of the blade to avoid warping. Rinse your cloth and repeat on the other side, and for the remaining blades.

No matter what method you use, DO NOT use heavy cleaners like bleach, as they will likely strip away the finish and cause warping. Also avoid any form of one-sided pressure on the blades from any direction.

Now that you know how to clean those fan blades, you’ll keep them sparkling, right?

(What? Dust bunnies can be cute…)