Dear Home-Ec 101,
What is the best way to clean the tops of ceiling fan blades? That dust gets sticky!
Grungy in Grange-Over-Sands
Oddly, I enjoy cleaning fan blades. My kids get all grossed out and squeal at the nasty “worms” coming off the fan blades. It’s the awesome. Cleaning fan blades is one of those times my cleaning axiom “top to bottom, left to right” is especially appropos.
One time when I was working as a maid, I was cleaning a certain famous country music star’s house. I was wanting to make sure I did a really good job, so I spent some extra time on making sure the room looked great. The only problem? I realized I had forgotten to clean the fan blades. Oy.
So, I got a chair and started to dust the fan blades as carefully as possible. It didn’t matter. It all came down on their beautiful comforter of their bed, and then I couldn’t get the dust off. I was mortified. So listen to your Auntie Ivy and clean the fan blades FIRST!
I like to use a wooly duster for cleaning fan blades. I think it gets them really clean and it’s really the easiest way I have found to clean them. If you don’t have a wooly duster, you can take an old pair of pantyhose and put them on the end of a broom to clean the fan blades. That’s harder, though, it’s worth it in my opinion to buy a wooly.