Spring is here- The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and it’s time for that all-important spring cleaning. A good spring cleaning improves the quality of air and improves your overall physical and emotional health.
Cleaning your light fixtures can be just as important. Have you ever noticed your lights losing their brightness over time? Dirty lights are 30% less effective than normal lights. It is important to ensure that your light bulbs give off the maximum amount of lumens to reach your best ambient lighting.
Cleaning your light fixtures can be a little intimidating but we are here to cast light on this matter.
Safety, safety, safety
Before you start, ensure that all light switches are off and that your main power is switched off to avoid anyone switching on the lights while you are working on the light fixture. Another safety precaution is to allow the light bulb to cool down before touching it.
Preparation is key
To guarantee a speedy cleanup, have the necessary tools to get the job done, also having a cleaning buddy is always beneficial!
You will need:
- A soft cloth
- Warm water
- A mild detergent
- A ladder
TIP: Certain types of glass can be sensitive to detergents. Test a small amount in an unnoticeable area before using the soap on the whole glass hardware.
Give yourself enough time to avoid any accidents and breaking of glass hardware. Be sure to clean light bulbs, pendants, chandeliers, and every bit of the light fixture, don’t hold back!
WTF? (What the fixture?)
Light fixtures come in all shapes and sizes and each requires a different amount of care. Here are a few to guide you on this cleansing journey:
- Remove light bulbs and wipe with a dry cloth.
- Covers can be soaked and washed in a warm, soapy solution.
- Use a damp cloth to clean the actual fixture.
- Chandeliers can be a time-consuming exercise, to save time in the cleaning process, consider using a specialized chandelier cleaning spray, readily available for use online. Simply lay down an old towel, spray and let dry.
- Clean the chandelier base with a damp cloth.
Most pendant lights can be cleaned in place or if it is too intricate to clean standing under, remove the globes and allow to soak in warm water while you wipe down the base, chords, and light bulb.
Carefully remove the bulb and using a damp cloth, wipe the interior and exterior. Dust regularly to avoid the light fixture from becoming extremely dirty.
- Do not use the blades to balance when on the ladder. It could move and result in you falling.
- Remove the globe and wash in lukewarm soapy water while you wipe down the bulb and fixtures.
Still not shiny enough for you?
Each light fixture is made up of different materials that can be cared for with various home remedies. Wood and Metal surfaces can benefit from a good wipe with lemon oil while brass and painted surfaces shine brighter with a solution of mild soap and water.
A weekly dusting of your light fixtures will help to eliminate the need for deep cleaning regularly and also make the process much easier.