As a person who suffers terribly from allergies, I think fall cleaning is actually more important than the much-publicized spring cleaning. With the windows open and fans running for 5 months, we pull so much dust, pollen and other allergens into the house from May to September. Today I am cleaning out the fans before storing them in the basement. I don’t just give them a quick wipe down… nooo that will not do for an allergy sufferer. I remove he grates, wash them thoroughly and wipe down the blades and all other internal parts I can get to. I then put bags over them to keep out the winter dust and store them out of the way in the basement. It’s a dirty job; one my husband says is not really worth my time, considering fans don’t cost too much to buy new, but seriously, why would I spend that money when the fans work perfectly fine. It just takes a little time and elbow grease to get them sparkling clean and ready for next year. If you have those large box fans, it helps to clean them in the bathtub. If the grates are coated with a couple years worth of grime, let them sit in soapy water for a bit, then take a scrub brush to them and hose down with the shower sprayer. Cleaning them in the bathtub provides a bonus…. a clean bathtub! Of course you’re going to wash away all the dust that came from the fan. A quick sprinkle of your favorite bathroom cleaner, swish around with the scrub brush that’s already in your hand, then hose down again. Woot! We just tackled an unscheduled bathtub cleaning!
I’m also cleaning the ceiling fans and window a/cs today. The ceiling fans collect an astonishing amount of crud. It’s especially important to clean them well if you run them in the winter to help push the heat around. I have very high ceilings in my home, so running the fans in reverse does actually make a big difference. Now as far as cleaning them, Iv’e tried all kinds of fan dusters, swiffers and attachments, but I still end up with dust bunnies in my hair. What I’ve found works best is a simple damp paper towel and plastic grocery bag. wrap the paper towel around the start of the fan blade, then put the shopping bag over the end of the blade, as far as it will go. Wipe downward toward the bag with the damp paper towel. The bag will be there to catch any dust bombs that fall off. Once you’ve got the bulk of the dust off, you can go over the blades again with a rag to wipe down any remaining dirt. Don’t forget to wipe the motor casing. That collects lots of dust as well.
My goal for tomorrow is to start washing the windows. That will take a good chunk of time because I have about 35 windows in this darn house Wish me luck!