Ceiling fans need proper care and maintenance to ensure they function well and last long. Here are some tips on how to clean and maintain your ceiling fan:
Turn off the fan: Before cleaning, turn off the fan and let it come to a complete stop.
Dust the blades: Use a dry dusting cloth or an extendable duster to remove loose dust from the blades. You can also use a long-handled U-shaped brush or an old pillowcase to wipe both sides of the blades at once.
Clean the blades: Moisten a cloth or sponge with an all-purpose cleaner or a homemade cleaner (one part vinegar to three parts water) and wash each blade. Don’t spray liquid on the fan, and don’t apply heavy pressure, which can bend the blades. Dry the blades using a clean, dry cloth.
Clean the motor: Use a soft cloth, duster, or vacuum to remove dust buildup from the motor. Do not use water or cleaning products while cleaning the motor to protect sensitive electrical components.
Tighten screws: Tighten all visible screws on the motor housing, blades, and light. Remove the canopy covering the point where the fan’s down rod connects to the ceiling and tighten the screws holding the fan to the ceiling.
Oil the fan: Check your fan’s owner’s manual to find out if the fan requires oiling. If it does, the manual should tell you what kind of oil to use and how to add it. A ceiling fan’s oil hole is usually on top of the motor housing near the down rod or on the motor itself. If you can’t find this hole, the motor probably doesn’t require oil. Use a pipe cleaner, toothpick, or similar item as a dipstick. Insert the stick 1/2 inch into the hole, and if it comes out dry, your fan needs oil.
Cover furniture: Cover any exposed furniture underneath the fan with an old sheet to prevent dust from dropping down.
By following these tips, you can keep your ceiling fan clean and functioning well.