Ceiling fans are great because they provide a refreshing breeze that keeps our rooms comfortable, and they also contribute great-looking decorative additions to the spaces where we live. But one problem we have with ceiling fans is that they collect dust and are difficult to reach on cleaning day. Especially in the kitchen because cleaning a greasy ceiling fan is a huge challenge.

Having dirt and grime on ceiling fans is not just a matter of how things look. This situation can lead to decreased efficiency, unwanted noise can even damage the motor. If there are people in your house who have allergies or respiratory illnesses, the accumulation of dust can make things even worse for them.

It’s a good thing that PowerMaster in Fuquay-Varina has an easy and 100% effective method for cleaning your ceiling fans and getting rid of the dust and dirt that accumulates on them. Follow these suggestions and you can have completely clean ceiling fans very quickly and with very little hassle. Additionally, the next time you have your friends over, you won’t be worrying the whole night that they will look up and see your dirty ceiling fans.


Do you have a ceiling fan that seems to collect dust and grime very quickly? Don’t worry, you are not alone. The reason that fans often are coated with a heavy layer of dust and dirt is that they are located high in the room. A lot of people wonder what is worse – having the dust remain in the air for us to breathe when you turn on your fan or dust and grime falling off of the fan from the ceiling when you clean it. This is a – “six one way, half a dozen the other” situation.

The big challenge with cleaning ceiling fan blades is to keep dust from flying onto all the other surfaces underneath them. Things such as kitchen grease, vaulted ceilings, and blade types that are non-traditional, present us with other challenges as well. 

When it comes to cleaning ceiling fans, these are some of our favorite pointers:


Obviously, one of the first things you need to remember is to turn off the ceiling fan before you start cleaning it in any way. Wait until the fan completely stops, then follow these steps to clean a normal, traditional ceiling fan:

  • Use the type of duster on a pole that slides over the fan blade so that it cleans both the top and bottom of the blade simultaneously.
  • Remember not to put too much pressure on the blades as you clean them to prevent bending them or breaking them.
  • If you need to do a deeper cleaning, use a step ladder to get up even with the fan and clean each surface by hand with a damp cloth or sponge. When you’re done cleaning them, dry them with a dry cloth to remove any moisture.
  • Use another damp cloth to remove the dirt from the motor housing and any pull chains.
  • You might want to use a clean microfiber cloth that has anti-static spray on it to coat the blades when you are done the initial cleaning. An alternative would be to use a new dryer sheet. With this approach, you should be able to go longer between cleanings because the dust won’t cling to the fan as readily.

If there is a lot of dust accumulated on your fan blades and you want to avoid a dust shower in your room while cleaning, try this method. We call it the “pillowcase method”. Cover the fan blades with a clean pillowcase and slide the case down the blade, gathering the dust inside the pillowcase. This approach will allow you to remove all the dust but still keep it contained inside the pillowcase. This way you don’t need to worry about introducing this dust back into the room. When you’re done cleaning the fan you can take the pillow outside and turn it inside-out. Then you can shake the clumps of dust off the pillowcase before you put it into your washing machine.


Ceiling fans that are in the kitchen seem to accumulate a lot of greases as well as dust. The combination of the dust and the grease on the blade fans makes a sticky residue that is a lot like adhesive. This can be especially difficult to remove from your fan. Here is an effective method to get this greasy mess off your ceiling fan:

  • Remove any loose debris and particles by wiping the blades with a dry paper towel.
  • Next, with a damp cloth remove the layer of grease and grime.
  • Repeat this process by wiping each blade of the fan – several times if necessary.
  • If you have greasy blades that resist this cleaning method, use a bit of household grease remover on a clean cloth and a little “elbow grease” to remove the gunk.
  • Always finish with a dry cloth to make sure you leave nothing behind. And then repeat this cleaning process until you don’t feel any sticky or greasy surface on the blades.


Frequently we run into fan blades that are textured or covered in fabric. If this is your situation, these blades may need a little extra care to keep the dust and the dirt from accumulating on them. We found that the best approach to cleaning these types of fan blades is to use a handheld vacuum to remove the dirt and dust from the surface of these blades. Then we recommend you follow up with a microfiber cloth that has been moistened with water to remove the stubborn residue that the vacuum couldn’t remove.


Maybe your problem is not so much about dirty blades but more about a ceiling fan that is not working properly. PowerMaster in Fuquay-Varina is always ready to help you with expert repairs or replacements of your ceiling fans. If it is time for your ceiling fan to get that expert attention that is outside of normal cleaning, call PowerMaster in Fuquay-Varina to make an appointment.