The Best Way to Clean Ceiling Fans and Air Vents
A Dreaded Task Made Easy for Cleaning Ceiling Fans and Air Vents with Powerizer Complete
It's impressive how forced air seems to move dust around which becomes trapped to ceiling fan blades and your vent registers. After a few months, the dust bunnies begin to form colonies. Add a little moisture to the mix and the DB gang recruit friends which become a visible eyesore. There is one favorite trick for quickly removing the dust build up on your ceiling fan. The pillowcase method is where you throw the pillowcase over each blade and pull toward the edge, removing the dirt. It prevents to dust from falling to the floor. If you can get away with that method, you are in luck. However, in most cases, it doesn't leave the blade clean and requires a good wash and rinse. Powerizer will handle this task with no problem.
Here are simple steps to cleaning your ceiling fan and the vent registers throughout your home.
The First Step is to gather your cleaning tools. Here is what you will need:
Powerizer Ultra Plush Microfiber Cloth for washing and a few dry cloths for polishing
Hand-sized dish scrubber or skinny hairbrush
- Hose for spraying water & connected to a faucet & high-pressure hose nozzle
Bucket to make cleaning solutions
16 oz Squeeze bottle for making a Pre-Treat solution
- Shop vac if you have one (vacuum out the HVAC ducts)
- Stand-alone ladder or step stool providing enough height to reach your ceiling fan blades
Next Step is to mix your cleaning solutions. Here are the dosages we recommend:
Wash solution = one (1) scoop of Powerizer to (1) gallon one of water mixed in a bucket
Pre-treat solution = one (1) scoop of Powerizer to 16 oz of water mixed in a squeeze bottle
Cleaning our Air Vent Registers
To work efficiently gather all the Air Vent Registers to wash together. Here may require a Phillips or a Flat Head Screwdriver. Most floor registers lift out of the floor, and a butter knife will work fine to wedge between the floor and air vent. To clean in an outdoor setting, which is the most desirable, lay them down on a hard surface such as your deck or cement pavement of your driveway. Next, use your outdoor garden hose with a high-pressure nozzle to spray them down. This pre-rinse should remove most of the dirt.
Squirt the concentrated Powerizer solution on areas where the dirt is trapped in hard to reach areas. Please wait a few minutes to give it a chance to loosen the soil. After, using a wet microfiber cloth, take your flat butter knife and push the fabric through each slot to clean the tops and undersides of each resister slot.
Finish with a rinse of plain water and dry each using a damp Microfiber cloth. Be sure to vacuum out the HVAC duct and pull out any debris that may have fallen between the cracks. You will be surprised what makes it way down there.
If you cannot take the cleaning outside, soak the registers in the tub filled with water and Powerizer. More water = More Powerizer. We Recommend first rinsing each air vent allowing the water to drain in the bathtub. After each register is wiped down, fill the bathtub with enough water to cover the top of the resisters and add with one scoop of Powerizer for each gallon of water, finally, wash and rinse using the same steps above.
Cleaning your Ceiling Fan
After using the pillowcase method to remove dirt from the blades of your ceiling fans now, it's time to wipe down each edge.
First prep the area below. Cover or remove items below your ceiling fan.
Start cleaning the surface of the blades with a pre-treat mixture using a wet microfiber cloth. Use just enough solution, so water doesn't drip onto the area below. Wipe the surface using the concentrated pre-treat solution. Powerizer's Ultra Plush Microfiber Cloths are excellent at trapping dirt and water so that it doesn't make a mess during the process. Let the solution set if your blades have accumulated more than just dirt. It's more common in the kitchen to have grease evaporate with cooking fumes. Like how smoke coats your cabinets and walls, the oil will coat your ceiling fan blades also. While on your ladder. Keep a small bucket down on the ground to rinse your cloth. If your ladder has an upper shelf area set it there. Having your bucket close by makes the job easier and lessens the need to climb up and down the ladder. Keep wiping each blade upper and lower surface by spinning them closer to you. The less moving on your ladder, the better. Make sure to clean the motor area of the fan using a damp cloth, the less moisture, the better.
After the ceiling fan is clean, finish with a rinse using just plain water. Dump the Powerizer solution unless you need to save it for another ceiling fan. Fill the bucket with plain fresh water and wipe using a clean damp microfiber cloth. The air should dry the blades quickly. If your unit is stainless steel, you may need to spray the surfaces with plain water and polish them down with a dry Microfiber cloth, so there are no fingerprint smears. Powerizer is meant to rinse clean, and as a result, less dust will accumulate, so there is no need to apply a stainless-steel polisher.
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