How to care for your ceiling fan

Keep blades and motors in good working order.

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Your ceiling fan moves a lot of air, so it's easy for dust and dirt to build up on its blades. 

A clean and balanced fan not only looks nicer, it could improve the air quality in your home.

Read on to find out how to clean your ceiling fan.

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  • Dust the fan blades with a feather duster or equivalent.


  • Clean your fan blades more thoroughly using your vacuum. Your vacuum may have an attachment that will make this easier.
  • Watch your fan in operation to see if it wobbles, which is a big sign that something's wrong (and is more of an issue with older fans). If your fan's flapping about unnecessarily, turn it off and check that all the screws and fittings are still tight. If it's still wobbling, use the fan's balancing kit (if supplied) or experiment using coins and Blu-Tack (and then superglue) as counterweights to get the balance right.


  • Clean fan blades and switches with a soft damp cloth.
  • Tighten screws, clips and fittings that may have come loose over time, especially important if your ceiling fan has a light.
  • Use a can of compressed air to blow dust out of the motor and housing.
  • Lubricate moving parts and the motor, following manufacturer's instructions, if called for by your particular model.

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