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How to clean a ceiling or room fan

As we head towards warmer weather it's time to start thinking about dusting out the cobwebs from keeping windows and doors closed during the winter months. One appliance that tends to get overlooked is a ceiling or room fan, and yet this appliance is the one that collects the most dust.

 

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Before you switch on the ceiling or room fan, take the time to give it a good clean. You will not only get rid of dust, you'll also extend the life of the appliance by removing all that excess weight that dust applies to the blades.

Clean a ceiling fan

Dust build up on fan blades places extra weight on the fan blades and more wear on the motor. Use an old pillowcase to clean dusty fan blades. Placed the pillowcase over each of the fan blades and gently wipe off the dust. The pillowcase will stop dust from spreading throughout the room and you can take it outdoors to shake clean.

It's important to clean ceiling fan blades regularly and a weekly dusting with a feather duster will ensure they stay clean.

Clean a room fan

Before you start cleaning, make sure that the fan is unplugged. Use a screwdriver to unscrew - or unclip - the clips that hold the front grille to the back grille.

With the front grille removed, you will be able to unscrew the cap that holds the fan blade in place. The cap should indicate the direction to turn to tighten or loosen.

Gently pull the fan blade towards the front to remove from the centre shaft pin. Be careful when handling the blade - the ends are fairly thin and can be chipped easily. If the blade is chipped you will need to buy a replacement fan blade.

Unscrew the locking nut that holds the back grille in place. Now you will be able to remove the back grille.

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With the grille removed, use a soft paintbrush to brush away any dust from the front of the motor and centre shaft. Gently wipe with a soft, lint-free cloth and apply Q-20 or WD-40 to lubricate.

Use warm water and dishwash liquid to wash the fan blade and grille sections. Make sure to rinse these well before wiping dry with a soft cloth. Re-assemble the fan in the reverse order that you took apart.

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