The Proper Way to Clean Your Light Fixtures

Even though cleaning the light fixtures in your home may not be at the top of the cleaning checklist, it is one of those easy chores that have the potential to make your house look much better. Bulbs, covers, and chandeliers can accumulate dirt, fallen insects, and other types of filth, reducing the quality of light that can pass through them. It is important to a well-lit home to have a good understanding of the most effective approach to maintaining light fixtures without shattering or otherwise damaging them.

You may want to clean each of the fixtures in your home in one go, but it’s also possible that you’ll want to do it one room at a time or focus on a certain kind of fixture. When you’ve decided on a strategy, all that’s left to do is gather some essential equipment and put in a little effort to get your lights to sparkle.

how to clean light fixtures

Dust Your Fixtures Regularly

Dust should be properly removed from light fixtures on a weekly basis. It is possible to complete this task while the light fixtures are still installed. Utilize a dusting tool with a long handle to access ceiling fixtures, chandelier parts, and recessed lights to dust them thoroughly. If you do this every week, you should only have to perform the deeper cleaning of the light fixtures twice every year at the most.

Dust the light fixtures

Before Starting to Clean the Light Fixtures

  • To begin, ensure that the light fixture is turned off, and for optimal safety, turn off the electricity at your breaker box as well. This will protect you from any accidental shocks.
  • Before trying to clean light fixtures that use bulbs that aren’t LEDs, you should wait until the bulb has completely cooled off first.
  • The next step is to draw a plan or check the assembly instructions for any light fixtures containing several components that will likely require disassembling before being cleaned.

How to Clean Different Kinds of Light Fixtures

Glass light fixture

Clear Glass Light Fixture

It is advisable to clean a glass light fixture once or twice every month. However, you will certainly need to vary this depending on the needs of your own home as well as the positioning of your lights. If, for instance, they are in the living room and you have a lot of people coming in and out of your home, then you will probably require additional regular cleaning than somebody who lives by themselves and seldom invites people in their house.

First, remove all the dirt, dust, and bugs inside your light fixture and throw them away. Afterward, use a microfiber towel or a similar type of duster to dust the interior and outside. There are instances when this is the only thing that is required. Usually, all that is required in order to clean glass light fixtures is a basin containing warm water, a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid, and a few minutes of time.

First, give them a couple of minutes to soak in the solution, and then wipe them down and rinse them. To ensure they are totally dry, especially on the inside, use a towel that is free of moisture. They are now prepared to take their place. Glass light fixtures should never be cleaned in the dishwasher. You put them at risk of becoming broken if you do that. It is also possible to use glass cleaner to spot-clean the glass components of light fixtures.

brass light fixture

Brass Light Fixture

It’s not always easy to keep antique light fixtures spotless. Due to the fact that they are frequently composed of brass or coated with brass plating, they are susceptible to developing a tarnished appearance with time. To eliminate grime, first dampen a soft towel with warm, soapy water, and then wipe down the area dry using a cloth. Utilize a metal cleanser or polish if the tarnish is still present after cleaning. Alternatively, you might attempt some of these home methods to remove the tarnish without causing any damage to the finish. When it comes to removing tarnish from the brass, they both rely on the efficiency of natural cleaners.

Natural Cleaner #1: Maximize the power of ketchup!

  • Spread some tomato paste or ketchup on the brass, and then let it rest for at least an hour.
  • Use a clean, gentle towel to remove the sauce.
  • Rewash with more warm soapy water.
  • Utilize a dry cloth to wipe it down.

Natural Cleaner #2: Squeeze up some lemons

  • Remove the pulp and pith from half a lemon.
  • After cutting the lemon in half, sprinkle it with salt and use it to polish the brass.
  • After a short resting period, buff the fixture with a dry towel.
  • For added durability and luster, use linseed or mineral oil.

polished metal light fixture

Polished Metal Light Fixture

Maintain your polished metal fixture by wiping it down using a soft cloth dampened with clean water or a light detergent soap on a regular basis. To add an extra layer of protection, utilize a nonabrasive paste or liquid wax. Any polishing or cleaning cloth must be free of abrasives.

Avoid the use of any items containing ammonia or alcohol, as well as other abrasive materials or cleaners. Avoid using any kind of glass or multi-purpose cleaner on the lacquer finish. To avoid scratching, avoid using a rough cloth.

Painted light fixtures

Painted Light Fixtures

For fixtures with a painted finish, it is recommended to dust them regularly with a soft clean cloth and never attempt to utilize any rough textured towels. If there is any hard-to-remove dirt, use water with mild dish soap. Avoid abrasive cleaning tools like brushes and harsh chemicals containing alcohol and ammonia, which can damage the paint finish of your light fixture.

chandelier

Chandeliers and Ornate Light Fixtures

It is important not to allow the sophistication and allure of your chandelier to diminish over time. Before disassembling any component of a complicated light fixture to clean it, it is important to pay close attention and snap several photographs of the fixture from a variety of angles. If you want a chandelier that sparkles, give these techniques a try.

Be extremely careful while handling light cover pieces made of frosted or patterned glass. When cleaning, follow the directions provided by the manufacturer if at all possible. Washing frosted or etched glass in soapy water is normally considered to be safe to do. Proceed in the same manner as you would if you were working with plain glass. A microfiber cloth can be used with a gentle cleaning solution or a mixture consisting of water and vinegar in a ratio of 3:1 to clean the glass.

The glass that is polychrome, or glass that has designs painted on or decals applied to it, should not be submerged in water. When cleaning surrounding decals or painted patterns, use cotton swabs dipped in a diluted cleaner to carefully scour the area, and then use a damp cloth to carefully wipe the remaining surfaces.

flush mounted light fixtures

Flush Mounted Light Fixtures

To clean flush mount indoor ceiling lights properly, you have to remove the covers first and then submerge them in a solution of warm soapy water. Take out the light bulbs and wipe them off, then use a moist cloth to clean the fixture itself. Before reinstalling the covers, make sure they are clean and dry.

Don’t Forget to Clean the Shades

Please follow these guidelines while cleaning the shades of your light fixtures:

  • Glass Shades – They should be dusted lightly and then wiped down with a damp towel to prevent streaking. The filth that is difficult to clear off can be removed using a mild glass cleaner or warm soapy water.
  • Fabric Shades – Generally speaking, most fabric shades only need gentle vacuuming to get rid of dust and debris. Try a home dry cleaning product on stubborn stains.
  • Beaded Shades – They require regular vacuuming to prevent dust accumulation. Remove tough stains with a damp towel, ensuring to wipe softly so as not to damage the beading.
  • Paper Lampshades – They may usually be cleaned by wiping them down with a dry towel. It’s time to get a new lampshade if the dust and grime have built up too much.

Note: DON’T place shades in a washing machine or dishwasher. Doing so could cause the shape to distort and the substance to deteriorate. Also, its glass, as well as soldering points can become cloudy if you use the wrong cleaning solutions.

lamp shades

Maintain a Delightful Atmosphere at Your Home

These guidelines for cleaning light fixtures in various areas should make the job easier to handle. You’ll receive more light and a longer lifespan from your bulbs when you combine them with clean shades, improving the look of every area in your home. Simple enough to be done in a day, cleaning light fixtures is a do-it-yourself chore that will leave your home and mood a little brighter for weeks to come.

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