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If you notice that your ceiling fans are collecting a lot of dust and unwanted debris, then it might be time to give them a clean. Cleaning your ceiling fans is not as important as complex pool safety, and it isn't something you need to do every week if you don’t mind a little build up but it is important to do as often as possible. Fortunately cleaning your ceiling fans is a pretty simple task and only requires a few spare minutes of your time.

How Often Should I Clean My Fan?

Your ceiling fans catch a lot of the debris floating around your room. In a sense, this can be a good thing as often the dust will accumulate on the tops and the sides of your fan rather than on your floor. On the other hand, however, this can be a bad thing, especially if you have family members that are allergic to dust.

How often you clean your ceiling fan will depend on a number of things. How often are you using them? The more often your fans are turned on, the more debris they will catch. How much dust can you stand? While some people don’t mind the occasional dust buildup on their fans, others cannot stand the sight of one spec of dirt. If you are in the latter category, then you will probably clean your ceiling fans every week as part of your regular dusting and cleaning regime.

It is a good idea to give your ceiling fans a quick clean when you first move into a rental property as well as when you move out. This will keep you in the good books with your landlord. You may also want to clean the fan if you are having guests over or if you are hosting a play group for your kids as children tend to be more sensitive to dust and debris buildup. And, of course, if the ever-important-and-judgmental in-laws are coming over, make sure you dust off the ceiling fan before they have a chance to comment.

The longer you wait to clean your ceiling fans, the more buildup there will be. If you do choose to give your fans a quick dust every week then you can probably get away with using a furniture duster. Simply brush the duster over your fans to remove the buildup of dust. If your fans are extremely dirty, however, or if you have left them for over a month then you will need to give them a more thorough wash.

Cleaning your Ceiling Fans Methods

One way to clean your ceiling fans (we’ll call it the lazy man’s way) is to get a chair and a wet cloth. Make sure you have turned off the fans before you get up on that chair to clean them. Simply stand on the chair and wipe the fan’s arms with the cloth, removing all the buildup. You may need to give your floor a quick clean after as some of the dust will have landed on the floor.

To do a more thorough job or to get rid of the caked-off dirt you may need to unscrew the ceiling fan arms and soak them in soapy hot water. Again, be sure that your ceilings fans are turned off before you unscrew the arms. When cleaning the ceiling fans, you will need to scrub each fan arm with a hot cloth and then let them dry before placing them back onto the main fixture. Your fan will be sparkly clean and dust free… for a short period of time at least.

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