Light fixtures are important to cleaning our homes, just as much as cleaning any other part of our homes. Deep cleaning a house’s light fixtures is the difference between spotless light fixtures and so-so fixtures. It’s a stunning difference. After you’ve taken the time to deep clean all of the fixtures in your home, it’s easy to dust the fixtures and keep them maintained.
Be sure that you clean the fixtures during the day with enough natural light to do a good job. Don’t clean the fixtures while the lightbulbs are hot. This can be a hazard: your hands might touch the hot bulbs, or the colder cleaning product might accidentally spray onto the bulb and shatter it.
What You’ll Need for the Deep Clean
Deep cleaning the light fixtures is time consuming, but well worth the effort. Before beginning gather the following supplies:
· feather duster
· cleaner (that can cut through grease); it’s helpful if the cleaner is in a spray bottle
· several clean rags
· microfiber cloth
· step ladder
Start by using your feather duster to pull off any dust that is still loose on the fixture. Dust the fixture thoroughly, beginning at the top, and working your way down. Gently pull the dust off with the duster, rather than flicking the duster around. After the fixture has been dusted carefully, spray the cleaner onto the section of the fixture that you’re starting with. Again, it’s helpful to begin at the top and work your way down. Anything that is worked up will fall onto the ground, and won’t fall back onto something you already cleaned. You can vacuum this up later.
Taking your clean, fresh rag, begin rubbing up any of the dust that has hardened onto the fixture. Get into the crevices and detail of the design. It takes extra patience to rub up the grime, but it is effort that will certainly pay off in the end. Pull off any debris that comes up while you’re scrubbing the fixture clean.
Continue this process, section by section, with the entire light fixture until you finish it. Brush off any extra little bits of dust and grime that might be on the fixture. Finally, take your microfiber cloth and buff out the glass or shiny bits of the fixture. Once you’ve finished cleaning the fixture, vacuum or sweep the space just beneath so that there isn’t any dust left. While cleaning the light fixtures around your home might take a little bit of extra time and patience, but the end results are worth the effort. Your lights will shine brighter than ever!