Fan Cleaning Brushes

Ceiling fans can be hard to clean. A simple extendable feather duster is enough for week to week maintenance. But perhaps twice a year you will want your cleaning to be a bit more thorough. This keeps the blades looking their shiniest and removes any caked on grime you may have missed through regular dusting.

If you can reach the fan blades easily, all you need is a simple scrubbing sponge and some water. Avoid using detergent that can take off the finish. A small amount of mild soap or a multi-use wood cleaner will do the trick. But sometimes it is not that easy to reach the fan blades and you do not feel like teetering on a ladder to get the job done. You want something that will allow you to reach the fan blades from floor level and give them a good cleaning.

Naturally, there is a cleaning implement developed just for this purpose: the ceiling fan cleaning brush. A short brush with an 18 inch wooden handle may be all you need to extend your grasp. For higher ceilings a brush with an extendable handle that reaches to 50 inches or so will be your answer.

The brush itself has a distinctive oblong shape, like a flattened oval. It has somewhat stiff nylon bristles all around, like a scrubbing brush with a slot in the middle. This slot should be wide enough to fit around your fan blades.

Here is how to use it:

1. Dip the brush in some warm water and shake off the excess.

Tip: As mentioned before, do NOT use detergent or anything that might break down the lacquer or stain. Try this procedure with simple warm water on one blade and see how it looks. If it’s still noticeably dirty, add some mild soap or wood cleaner to the water and try again.

2. Raise the brush up to the fan blade, sliding the brush around the end of the blade so that half the brush is above and the other half below the blade.

3. Turn the handle back and forth slowly to wiggle the brush along the blade toward the center. Do not try to go too quickly or you wrench the blade a bit, throwing it off kilter and introducing wobble into the system.

4. When you get to the central edge of the blade, repeat the process, slowing backing your way out.