How Do You Clean a Fan?

No matter if it’s a ceiling, misting, or tower fan – the process for cleaning them should be relatively straightforward. Be sure to place a drop cloth beneath each fan for added protection; additionally a ladder or step stool might come in handy depending on its height.

TikTok recommends this quick, DIY hack to quickly clean blades: lay an old pillowcase over each one, sealing it tightly around them to trap dust inside and then washing and drying as normal afterwards.

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Fans are an effective way to reduce energy bills in summer and add character and interest all year. Unfortunately, their rotating blades attract and accumulate dust that must be dusted off regularly depending on where you live or work – this should ideally occur once or twice weekly but more frequently during heavy use periods. Before cleaning any type of fan be sure to turn it off and place a drop cloth or ladder underneath as necessary to prevent dust falling onto furniture or carpets during this process.

Dusting brushes or duster should be used to dust down fan motor housings and blades, with an extendable one with a microfiber head being best. Also consider purchasing one specifically designed for ceiling fans that features tight curves at its end with microfiber shag for reaching dust bunnies in crevices.

TikTok users have discovered a popular hack using an extendable pillowcase to quickly and efficiently clean fan blades. While you could buy one specifically made for this purpose, any old pillowcase from your linen closet will also work just as effectively. Just lightly spray its interior with mild all-purpose cleaner or equal parts vinegar and water before slipping it over each fan blade and pulling. The pillowcase will trap dust within, making it simple to wipe clean using a microfiber cloth.

Once you have wiped down the blades, switch its direction of rotation so as to circulate warm air or counterclockwise for cooler air circulation. While doing so, clean out your ceiling fan’s grid and vacuum any debris which may have collected within its housing.

Wipe down the outer body with a damp microfiber cloth dampened in mild detergent or all-purpose cleaner to ensure that liquid does not get into its motor or electrical parts. If your fan is situated in an environment such as kitchen, bathroom, patio or outside patio where grease or spray beauty products accumulate more heavily it may need more frequent cleaning sessions.


Fan blades draw in airborne dust and debris that must be periodically cleared away in order for them to continue operating efficiently. It may be necessary to disassemble a fan in order to complete this task, in which case please refer to its user manual or manufacturer website for guidance before doing so. Remember that disassembling may void its warranty so be mindful while taking these steps!

If you decide to disassemble your fan, first unplug it from its power source and unscrew all of its screws. Many plastic fans appear unbreakable at first glance but usually come apart along their seams when disassembled using a thin-tip screwdriver; metal fans must be handled carefully as some are welded shut and may break in your attempt.

Once all the parts of your fan have been disassembled, it is time to begin cleaning them. A hose or vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment can be used to eliminate dirt and dust that has accumulated on its exterior; alternatively a wet cloth or sponge may be used on its blades before running some smaller components through your dishwasher for further disinfection.

If your fan is a ceiling fan, to keep it running efficiently you will need to climb onto a ladder or purchase an extendable pole duster (from $18, Bed Bath & Beyond) and dust each individual blade individually. If the grate can be removed for easy washing in hot water and mild dishwashing liquid.

Once finished, be sure to thoroughly dry all fan parts – you don’t want water entering the motor and causing damage or short circuits! If using a wet cloth, make sure it dries completely so it only remains slightly damp.

Once your fan is dry, reassemble and put back into service. Turning back on power should result in hearing a soft “clicking” as its blades begin spinning again. Regular fan maintenance is essential so as to not allow too much dirt build-up that could endanger both home and health.


If you own a ceiling fan, make it a point to clean it at least two or three times annually. While this might not seem necessary at first, regular fan cleaning will help your house stay more hygienic. Cleaning fans in rooms where cooking, aerosol beauty products or other chemicals are used can cling onto blades and housing and create sticky buildup that must be removed using homemade solutions such as dish soap mixed with water; this also works great on fans used in bathrooms or kitchens.

Make sure your fan is unplugged before using a long-handled brush available at most hardware and home improvement stores to carefully scrub both sides of its blades with degreaser as necessary, before rinsing thoroughly afterwards.

Once finished, allow the fan to air dry for several hours before using a vacuum with a brush attachment to get into hard-to-reach areas. Make sure it has completely dried before assembling again; to protect pricey furniture, store fans in an open area such as your garage.

For an in-depth cleaning, the blades, motor and wire housing of a fan should be submerged in warm water mixed with dish soap for more effective abrasive action. This method may break up and dissolve heavy grime on components more effectively than any other method can do – just ensure all components have dried fully before reassembling your fan!

If you cannot use the bathtub to clean your ceiling fan, an alternative method can be used to safely and thoroughly cleanse its glass globes and bulbs – the same one being employed to clean them in the bathtub. As this may be a messy task, a sheet or drop cloth should be placed beneath your fan to collect debris; after which wash and rinse each globe in warm, soapy water until completely clean before storing for future use.

Step two of cleaning a fan involves applying all-purpose cleaner or white vinegar to a microfiber cloth and wiping the blades with it gently. For particularly dirty blades, multiple coats may be needed, but keep in mind to only use small quantities since too much cleaner could damage its motor.


No matter if you use fans as part of your air conditioning system or independently, keeping it clean is key to maintaining its efficiency and this is particularly true if you live in a humid environment. While fans may seem dauntingly complex to clean without taking apart, there are a few steps you can take that will help make cleaning simpler.

Start by turning off the power, unplugging any electrical fans, and taking steps to remove batteries from battery-operated ones. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the entire fan – including its blades and grill. Rinse with water mixed with mild all-purpose cleaner. Let dry on towel. Vacuum between its nooks and crannies then use another clean cloth twice annually to wipe its base and non-electric parts of fan.

If your fan features a steel grate, remove and vacuum with a brush attachment before washing with dish soap or all-purpose cleaner. Similarly, if it contains filters, they should be washed or replaced as necessary; be sure to check air quality first when replacing filters, as well as maintaining them weekly for best results.

After performing a deep clean, it’s crucial that the fan be reassembled correctly. To avoid any confusion or left-over components during assembly, start from where you took apart each component and work your way back toward its motor base – this way no small parts remain from disassembly!

Once your fan is clean, place it in an open area away from expensive or luxurious furniture and store it in a box or covered outdoor structure – this will prevent dust and debris from damaging other items. If no such storage spaces exist nearby, an alternative method would be covering it with a heavy plastic bag which will trap dust inside before turning on your fan and release it all at once.