Coming into summer most fan have probably not had much use during the winter months. Without use ceiling fan can accumulate quite a lot of dust which is a hazard for anyone suffering from asthma or allergies. The best thing to do is to clean your ceiling fans before the summer heat sets in.
Fan can be made out of different materials such as the most common wood, metal, plastic or stainless steel. Cleaning methods of these materials are all different. Here are some tip and tricks.
Wooden blades: using a duster can be the easiest way of cleaning the fan but some dust cannot be reach using this method. A damp cloth can be used to wipe down the top of the blades and making sure to dry the blades after doing so. Moisture can affect some wooden blade so making sure it is dry is important.
Metal blades: much the same as wooden blades metal blades can get affected with moisture, rusting can form. Using a dry cloth may be a viable option for metal blades. Using the brush function on a vacuum cleaning can also help dealing with the dust particles that may present after cleaning a fan.
Plastic blades: Plastic blades can be cleaning using any of the above methods as water does not affect them at all.
Stainless steel: cleaning stainless steel can sometimes be a more difficult using the above methods can often leave streak marks on the blades making them seem dirtier. Using stainless steel wipes can help reduce the streaks and give you a nice silver finish to the already existing steel.
The most important thing about cleaning a fan is safety, we recommend using a ladder that has all 4 feet sturdy on the ground if getting up to clean the fan and have someone else who can assist by holding the ladder next to you as well. Always make sure that the power to the fan is off, and that no one can accidentally switch it on. If the fan is on a remote control it is safes to keep the remote in view and out of the reach of anyone, and to turn off the power to the fan at the isolator switch.
While up cleaning your fan it is also a good time to check if your fan is switched to summer mode and not winter, avoiding any confusion later in the warmer months. It is also recommended to regularly check for any rusting, especially the screws that hold up the blades which may need to be replaced if are extensively rusted.
Please note: never attempt to repair or fix a ceiling fan by yourself, and installation and/or repairs must be done by a qualified electrician. It is important to be careful not to damage the fan during cleaning as this can throw off its balance during operation.