Ceiling fans get dusty real quick. And since we often lack the time and energy to clean them, they look really dirty and make your room look subpar. Well, you can get a professional cleaner to come clean your ceiling fan. But if you’re thrifty, you might consider cleaning it yourself.

Not sure how to do so yourself? We got you covered. Take a look at our guide to cleaning your dusty ceiling fan with two different methods – with and without a ladder.

Cleaning With Your Ladder

First things first – switch off the fan! We repeat, switch off the fan. Make sure that nobody turns on the ceiling fan when you are cleaning it as well so that you can avoid any accidents.

Next, take an old pillowcase and a rag or wipe – these will be our cleaning tools. Now, assuming you own a ladder, or can borrow it from your neighbour, grab it. Place it under the ceiling fan, but make sure that it is stable and will not topple when you are on it.

Once you have secured the position of the ladder, climb it up till you can reach a fan blade. But make sure that you don’t overextend yourself, otherwise you may risk injuries.

Now, put the pillowcase around the blade as if you were putting it on a pillow. Then, gently pull off the pillowcase from the blade, and while doing so wipe the top side of the fanblade in a manner that the dirt falls inside the pillowcase.

Do this again for the rest of the blades of the ceiling fan. Once done, take the rug and gently wipe the fan blades till they look as good as new.

There – you have successfully cleaned your ceiling fan in around 5 minutes.

Unfortunately, the messy part actually comes next. Try as you may, some dust will somehow fall on the floor. Therefore, it’s a good idea to sweep the floor of the room and quickly wipe off furniture surfaces.

But wait, you are still left with the dirty pillowcase! Empty the pillowcase into the dustbin or trash. Make sure you empty it properly into the trash, otherwise the remaining dust may stain the fabric. Then turn the pillowcase inside out and throw it in the wash.

Cleaning Without A Ladder

But what if you don’t have a ladder, you ask? In case you couldn’t hustle a ladder, not to worry. This one is actually pretty easy. However, it requires a one-time investment on a good ceiling fan duster that will serve your needs for years. We suggest you to opt for an extendable one to reach the fans that are higher up.

All you have to do is wipe the ceiling fan blades with the fan duster, and your fan looks shiny.

Unfortunately, that means a lot of the dust will fall on the ground and furniture, so you will have to clean your room properly afterwards. A good idea is to cover beds or couches with before you begin cleaning your fan so that the dirt doesn’t leave stains.

Final Thoughts

Cleaning a ceiling fan may seem like a daunting task, but as you can see, it’s not that difficult. Just make sure you take safety precautions before the session, and properly clean up afterwards. We don’t want any accidents, do we?