While the first day of Spring isn’t until March 19th, I’m already feeling more energetic with the extra daylight and the sun shining. It’s definitely got me thinking Spring and in turn, it’s time to get ready for Spring Cleaning. Did you know that although a light’s purpose is to spread the light from bulbs to illuminate a room, they are also magnets for dust, bugs, cobwebs, and dirt? Dirty light fixtures can lessen the amount of light a room receives while using the same amount of energy. Including your light fixtures in your Spring Cleaning is actually beneficial to maximizing your light output. Here are some helpful hints for cleaning them:
First, make sure your fixtures are off and the bulbs are cool to the touch. Unscrew the bulbs and gently dust them with a dry microfiber cloth. If you have dust stuck onto the bulb, try using a damp microfiber cloth.
After you’ve removed the bulbs, you can begin to clean the rest of the fixture. Again, use a dry (or damp) microfiber cloth to wipe down the bar or stem and backplate. If you are looking for a really deep clean, you can remove the globes by unscrewing the ring around the socket. This will allow the globe to detach and be cleaned separately. Good old-fashioned soap and water will do the trick. Be careful when handling wet globes as they can become slippery and easy to drop. And be sure to dry well with a microfiber cloth before replacing. When replacing the globe and ring, do not over tighten as it will be difficult to remove later.
While chandeliers are cleaned the same way as vanity lights and pendants, they usually have many more pieces. Chandeliers that include crystals can get quite tricky to piece back together and you might want to recruit a partner to help – especially if your chandelier requires you to be up on a ladder. I also recommend taking a photo of the chandelier before removing any pieces so you have a reference when it’s time to reassemble. Another good tip is to remove the crystals from top to bottom so there is a semblance of order. Remove the crystals one at a time, clean each piece with a dry or damp microfiber cloth and place on a flat blanket or cloth to avoid scratching. While soap and water can make crystals shine, some prefer to use a vinegar mixture. The recipe calls for combing one part vinegar to three parts water in a spray bottle. Once all the crystals are removed, be sure to dust the metal parts of the fixture before reassembling.
Recessed lights can be easily cleaned with a regular dusting. For a deeper clean, be sure the lights are off and cooled. Then, remove the bulbs (if they are not single piece construction) and wipe the interior of the recessed area with a dry or damp microfiber cloth. Also wipe the bulb before replacing to be sure you are getting the most out of your lights.
Happy Spring Cleaning!