While getting the dining room ready for Christmas, I knew it was time to clean our ceiling fan, which is located directly above the dining room table. The key to a clean, dust free ceiling fan, is to use an old pillowcase to wipe it off and encase the dust inside it.
With Winter returning, it becomes necessary to change the direction the fan turns, so that the blades will send the warm air from the ceiling back down into the room.
“During winter heating,
to help move warm air that is trapped on the ceiling,
blades should turn ‘forward’ in a clockwise motion.
This movement will push up the air
and pull the warm trapped air down the sides of the room
improving heat distribution.”
The edges of our fan blades were covered with dust. If not dusted well, changing the direction of the fan will likely result in dust and dirt from the fan blades being flung throughout the room. We live on a dusty dirt road, and believe me, I forgot to clean it once when changing the fan’s direction, resulting in tufts of dust and dirt flying everywhere. It felt a bit like it was snowing inside.
In order to clean the fan, use a sturdy ladder and an old pillowslip that you might be willing to toss.
TURN THE FAN OFF 😀 This seems pretty obvious, but I thought I’d better mention it.
Climb the ladder and stretch the pillow case over a single fan blade, completely covering it. Holding it tightly against the blade, slowly pull it backward to completely wipe the dust and dirt off, and into the pillowcase.
Do this for each blade of the fan, encasing the dirt and dust inside the case.
While up there,change the switch on the base of the fan so that the blades will turn forward in a clockwise motion.
Then, using the outside of the pillowcase, wipe down the chain pull and gently wipe down the base of the fan and any underside parts you might have missed.Before turning the fan on, for the winter, you will also need to lower the speed of the fan, so that it gently sends the warm air down. Once you are finished, you will be able to turn the fan on and have clean warm heat descend from above. NOTE:When we were done, our pillow slip was so full of dust, that I ended up throwing it away. If the weather had been nicer, we would have taken it outside and shaken all the dust out of it, then washed it.