Monday, May 17, 2010

Monday Motivation: Clean your ceiling fan

The weather is getting warmer and pretty soon we'll need to turn on the fans around the house. 

My house is a passive-solar house and our ceiling fans play a big role in cooling our home in the Summer months. 

So big, in fact, that we have no less that 13 ceiling fans.  We have them in every room (sometimes 2 per room), in our bathrooms, and on our screen porch.  We likey our fans!

                          (This one is in our downstairs guest bathroom.  It has a pull cord with a seashell/starfish design)

Some of you know that one of my pet peeves is a dirty ceiling fan.  I was once traumatized by flying debris flung off of the blades of a dirty ceiling fan.  I'm just joking. . . kind of.

Here's what I do. 
1.  Turn off the fan.  I know this seems logical, but I have to say it.

2.  Use a sturdy ladder or step stool.  Don't try to balance on a chair or kitchen island.  Trust me on this one.

3.  Wipe with damp cloth.  If there is a lot of old gunk up there, use a degreaser or dishwasher detergent.

4.  Dry with a dry cloth.  Don't use furniture polish.  It leaves a film that attracts dirt. 

5.  While you're up on the ladder, you might want to clean the light fixture if your fan has one and also check for any burnt out bulbs.

6.  If your ceiling fan has reversible blades, turn the switch so the blades will turn to blow air directly down on you. During the winter months you can switch them to circulate heated air, forcing some of the rising hot air down into the room.

Well, I'd better get going.  I have a lot of fan blades to clean.   


  1. Thanks for today's timely Monday Motivation. I looked up at my ceiling fans goodness! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. So blessed by your motivation... I always forget about anything over my head (I'm about 5 feet tall) so this is a good reminder to look up and clean those fans!!!

  3. I know what you mean, Donna Rae. I'm 5 feet tall and I have to remind myself to clean the top of the fridge!

  4. I didn't know not to use furniture polish on the fans. I clean them once a week when I do my major house clean. I was watching Designed To Sell (or something like that) and they were dusting the fans and it was gross all the dust that fell off of the blades!


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