Why doesn’t Ceiling Fan Dust blow off??
"It’s not me Ceiling Fan Dust…it’s YOU!"
And… it has been scientifically proven!
Not that it makes me feel any better when I look up and see that sticky and gunky party of dust, hanging out on my ceiling fan blades…Surely, turning them on should scatter that dust. But NO!! It actually makes it worse! Read on to find out why.
What is Dust?
According to Wikipedia, "Dust is made of fine particles of solid matter. On Earth, it generally consists of particles in the atmosphere that come from various sources such as soil, dust lifted by wind (an aeolian process), volcanic eruptions, and pollution. Dust in homes, offices, and other human environments contains small amounts of plant pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fibres, paper fibres, minerals from outdoor soil, burnt meteorite particles, human skin cells (according to Live Science - 70 or 80 percent), and many other materials which may be found in the local environment."
Why is Dust attracted to Ceiling Fans?
The accumulation of dust on our ceiling fans is not random. Most dust particles carry an electrical charge, and are attracted to one another.
Physicist Chris Ballas, of Vanderbilt University, explains:
“The charged dust particles are attracted and cling to any surface that develops a charge. This can be electrical equipment, (which directly carries electric current) or a surface subjected to frictional forces, which result in a static electricity build-up. The latter is the case for ceiling fans. As the blades rotate, they experience frictional forces as they `rub’ against the air; this knocks electrons around, causing the blades to build up a net charge. The charged dust particles then stick to the charged areas of the blades. The leading edge of the blades usually develops the thickest layer of dust. That’s because the leading edge (the edge first cutting the air as the blade spins) encounters the most friction and develops the largest charge.”
Dust doesn’t collect on the blades simply by `falling’ or landing on them – it sticks due to the electrical attraction.
Phew!!! I feel so much better now! And…it might make you feel even better knowing that as ceiling fans attract dust – your surfaces will be left less dusty, when you have the ceiling fans on!
How do you dust your Ceiling Fans?
Over the years, I have found the best way, is to use a specially designed dusting cloth. They have a unique natural positive charge, that attracts and locks in dust, so it gathers on the cloth, and is less likely to fall on your furniture and floors. I then spray with my fav eco cleaning product at the time, and clean with a Microfibre Cloth wrung out in hot water.
Can you prevent dust landing on ceiling fan blades?
- Yes!!!!! Once you have cleaned the blades, you can then follow by spraying them with WD40, and then lightly coat with car polish!! The WD40 and Car Polish both help the dust to glide off and make your blades shine like new again!
- Sure it is a double edged sword...but as ceiling fans attract dust – your surfaces will be left less dusty, when you have the ceiling fans on!
Can you prevent dust in your home?
Another Yes!!!! Air Purifiers are perfect if you want to remove all the impurities from indoor air with high filtration technology, or have issues such as: Asthma, Allergies, Hay Fever, Dust, Pollens, Smoke, Mould, Dust Mites and even Odours
When should I dust my Ceiling Fans?
I usually do it when I am embarrassed to look at them, but once a month is something to aim for.