How to clean this ceiling fan base

How do I get the yellow off this ceiling fan and clean it? It should look like the blades.

  16 answers
  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Aug 25, 2017

    Hello- That looks like nicotine stains, which can be difficult to remove. Remove the fan from the ceiling and clean outside or in open garage. Apply oven cleaner (use rubber gloves) and leave on as long as recommended on can. Use wet wipes to clean off oven cleaner. If necessary, complete the process a second time.

    • Dee Dee on Aug 25, 2017


  • Sharon Sharon on Aug 25, 2017

    Do you smoke? Get some Awesome Orange in the 1/2 gal at the Dollar Tree, and a sponge. Will take the nicotine right off. Wear kitchen gloves.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Aug 25, 2017

    The blades are easy to remove and that will make it easier to get to the motor base to clean. If nicotine turns out not to be the culprit, and cleaning doesn't change the color, then tape off what you don't want silver. Use a shiny silver spray can paint. To keep from getting too much paint on the cover, paint from 10-14 inches away, light coats, and spraying straight down. Or remove the cover and go crazy. Be sure to paint any supporting hardware. Best wishes 😇

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Aug 25, 2017

    What is your ceiling base made of ? If it's a metal I would use furniture polish, sprayed on a rag, then dust, as to not get dust in the base. Wipe with clean rag, and polish with a new rag to get a nice shine. Good Luck!

  • Mr bill Mr bill on Aug 25, 2017

    Mother was a smoker and crystal chandelier turned BROWN from nicotine. I used ammonia to clean crystals. Did great job.

  • Fab21938476 Fab21938476 on Aug 25, 2017

    help to have a clearer photo...

  • Clo24299079 Clo24299079 on Aug 25, 2017

    A great cleaning solution that I use is dish soap and a dash of bleach works wonders on everything. Definitely removes nicotine. Been there, done that! Good luck.

  • Wwe15187487 Wwe15187487 on Aug 25, 2017

    Try the spray on barkeepers friend liquid and let it set for a few minutes ! May need to try it a couple times ! Hope it works

  • Barbara Baldwin Barbara Baldwin on Aug 25, 2017

    Btw, that is the prettiest fan I've ever seen..

  • Debbie Walsh-Koehler Debbie Walsh-Koehler on Aug 25, 2017

    Thanks for all the tip I will try it and keep you posted on which one works

  • Frank Amyx Frank Amyx on Aug 25, 2017

    Take it out in the lawn and hose it down with a small opening nozzle that directs a small stream of water. Run it through the vent holes to get dust and grime out of motor windings. Also turn it over and hose from other side the same way. Then let dry in the out doors in sun as much as possible for at least three dry days. I have done this with numerous ceiling fans with no damage to the motor.

    Then you can tell whether the base needs to be polished or painted, depending on what it was finished with to begin with. Paint is most probable easy solution. You can get brass colored canned spray paint or any other desirable color.

  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Aug 25, 2017

    Thank you 716dec for your correction -- my research was obviously flawed and I apologize Debbie! In lieu of the oven cleaner, a paste of Baking Soda and Distilled Vinegar will do the trick on that fan.

  • San29478519 San29478519 on Aug 25, 2017

    soda and wet cloth. Wipe off thoroughly.

  • Irish Irish on Aug 26, 2017

    Vinegar is a wonderful cleaner on glass but is still a corrosive on metal.

  • Julie D. Grant Julie D. Grant on Aug 26, 2017

    Use one plastic garbage bag and put over each fan blade pushing dirt/dust into bag. Then wipe each blade with a damp glass cleaner. This works all right on the frames as well as the blades. It's an easy way to clean the fans.