Cleaning a ceiling fan is such a messy job. The dust flies everywhere, landing on your furniture and carpets, getting stuck in your hair and in your eyes. But if you don’t clean it that dust and grime builds up and becomes a breeding ground for dust mites and bacteria. The solution is simple: Use a pillowcase.
Let’s face it; nobody likes to clean the blades on a ceiling fan. First you have to get all the dust off, and then you have to go back over the blades with a cleaning solution that cuts through the grime. And we’ve already mentioned the mess. But the folks over at Real Simple have come up with the ideal solution. Grab an old pillowcase and follow me.
First, spray the inside of an old pillowcase with a cleaning solution. Real Simple recommends filling a spray bottle with water and two tablespoons of white vinegar, but whatever your favorite solution is will work just fine.
Next, use a ladder so you can safely reach the blades. Just slip the pillowcase over each blade and use it to clean and trap the dust and grime from each blade. As you move from blade to blade, rotate the pillowcase to find a clean spot. If necessary, use a lint-free towel or cloth to get rid of any residual grime and polish up the motor housing and light fixture.
Real Simple suggests that you cover the area under the fan with a drop cloth before you start, covering an area at least twice the diameter of your fan. However, if you clean your fans on a regular basis the pillowcase is enough to trap all the dust. When you’re done, just take the pillowcase outside and shake all the dust out.
Once you try the pillowcase system you’ll never go back to the old way you cleaned your fans. All that dust flying around ended up on your furniture and carpets. Then, when you vacuumed it up, most of it went right back into the air, to continue circulating throughout your home. With a pillowcase, you trap all that dust and take it outside – forever.
Generally, you’ll want to clean your fans every three or four months but if they get heavy use you may want to clean them every month. All that dust and grime really is a breeding ground for dust mites and bacteria, and it traps pet dander, spores and pollen, too. It’s definitely an unhealthy situation, especially if you have someone in your home who suffers from allergies.
Unfortunately, the pillowcase method only works if you can reach your fan with your hands. If you have very high ceilings, or vaulted ceilings, and you can’t reach the blades even when you use a ladder, then the best way to clean your fan is to use one of the new extension tools. Look for one that has a micro-fiber pad or brush because they do a better job at trapping the dust so it doesn’t scatter all over your home.
And, since the ideal height for a ceiling fan is eight to nine feet from the floor, consider lowering your fan with a down-rod. Then you’ll be able to clean all your ceiling fans with a pillowcase.
(Fore more great cleaning tips check out this link to Realsimple.com)
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