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The Blade Bandit is a device that you can use to clean virtually any ceiling fan that's made from any material. Due to the device's long handle, most users will no longer need to climb a ladder in order to clean their ceiling fans. The tool's attached bag has been designed to trap dust so it doesn't end up all over the floor, and you can detach the bag and empty it into the trash when you're done cleaning.
The cost of Blade Bandit is $19.99 plus $6.99 shipping. The special TV offer allows you to receive a second Blade Bandit at the discounted price of only $6.99 for a total price of $33.97.
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To get started with the Blade Bandit, extend it into the air by holding onto its long handle, and position its open, fabric-lined "mouth" over one of the blades of your ceiling fan.
Next, close your device's jaws around the aforementioned blade by pulling down on the black part of the handle. The more you pull on this part, the tighter the jaws will grip the blade. Once they're gripping the blade tightly, slide the jaws towards you in order to pick up dust. As long as you do this gently, this won't hurt the blade since the jaws are completely lined with soft, carpet-like microfiber fabric. To release the jaws, push the black part of the handle back upward.
To clean the rest of your ceiling fan, repeat the previous step on all of its blades, and then bring your Blade Bandit back to ground level.
You'll notice that as you've cleaned each blade of your ceiling fan, a certain amount of dust has collected in your device's attached bag, which will be just a bit bigger than a grocery bag. To empty the bag into your trash, pull it away from the rest of the device and dump it. When you're done dumping it, remember to attach it to your dusting tool again.
The handle on each Blade Bandit is super-long, so unless you're incredibly short or you have cathedral ceilings, you probably will never have to climb a ladder to clean a ceiling fan with this tool. If you've got multiple ceiling fans to clean, not needing a ladder will make your job go much more quickly since carrying a ladder from room to room can be time-consuming (and potentially exhausting).
The double-sided jaws that each of these tools has will enable you to clean both sides of each ceiling-fan blade at once. On the other hand, with a traditional feather duster or cloth, you'd only be able to clean one side at once.
This device could be considered hard on the environment if you had to replace the dust-collecting bag attached to each one on a regular basis. Fortunately, each bag is reusable for as long as it stays intact, which means all you'll need to do is reattach it to the rest of the tool after you've emptied its contents.
Each Blade Bandit appears quite big, but since each one is made of fabric and plastic instead of something heavier like steel or aluminum, each one is actually fairly light. As a result, most users won't have difficulty carrying it around their home or even holding it up in the air for several minutes at a time.
If you use a traditional feather duster or some sort of cloth to clean your ceiling fans, the dust from them may just fall off of them and onto your floors and furniture. It might even end up on you! This type of mess won't be a problem for you once you start using the Blade Bandit, though, since its attached bag will collect all the dust that the tool removes from each fan. Consequently, you also won't have to deal with ceiling fan dust stuffing up your nose any longer.
The Blade Bandit operates solely due to human power and the mechanisms included in its design, so you'll never need batteries or electricity in order to operate one. When you're at home, you'll be able to pull your device out and use it whenever you want without searching for a set of charged batteries or an available electrical outlet.
The handle attached to each device doesn't appear to be detachable, which would be advantageous if you were to take yours away from home in your vehicle. That means you won't be able to reduce the tool's length (and the amount of space it takes up) significantly, even if you pull the black part down as far as it can go.
This tool is meant for cleaning ceiling fans only, and may not be able to clean other objects effectively. You could try using it to dust other things, but it might be too rough on smaller objects and end up damaging them. When it comes to larger objects that aren't the same shape as a ceiling fan blade, the device might not be able to grip them well enough to clean them.
It's best to empty your device's bag after every use, regardless of whether it looks like there's a lot of dust in there or not. If you let the dust collect for too long, the bag could get too weighted down and rip. Unfortunately, it doesn't look as if you can get a replacement bag on its own without the rest of the device.
Under no circumstances should you ever clean a ceiling fan with your Blade Bandit while the fan is running, even at a low speed. This tool could end up getting caught in the fan as it spins, and if that were to occur, it could end up being too broken to use after you've untangled it.
You must avoid using your Blade Bandit on lighting fixtures that are attached to your ceiling fan, although you may consider them part of the fan. Lighting fixtures are normally more delicate than a ceiling fan's blades, and may not be able to withstand the action of your tool's jaws. Plus, as alluded to above, this tool may not be good at cleaning things that aren't shaped like blades (and lighting fixtures usually aren't).
It's acceptable if you let your school-age children use your Blade Bandit, and using it may even serve as a good introduction to house-cleaning for them. You must always supervise them, as opposed to leaving them alone with the tool, though, as they may not completely understand the gentle hand motions they should be using. Otherwise, you could come back to find a ceiling fan on the ground and a child with a minor injury.
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