A Quick Guide to Deep Cleaning Light Fixtures
Confession time. The only time I ever think about cleaning my light fixtures is when I pull out the list of necessary deep cleaning jobs that respectable people do during Spring Cleaning. Respectable people clean their light fixtures because it is both beautiful and energy efficient. Dirty bulbs actually use more electricity. I clean mine so as to appear respectable. 😉
One reason I tend to put off this job is that hacking this job is not practical. Rushing with glass globes is a sure recipe for disaster. That said, I’ve looked at my lights from every angle and I do believe I’ve come up with the simplest way possible to deal with them.
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Items you will need for cleaning light fixtures:
- Step ladder
- Baking soda
- Extendable duster
- Canned air (optional)
- Window cleaner
- All-purpose cleaner
- Old pillowcase
Clean the Globes
The best plan is to remove all the globes in your house and get this job done all at once. That’s really the only way to hack this. That, and never letting them get so dirty again. 😉
- Fill sink with warm water, detergent, and baking soda.
- Submerge light globes in solution.
- Add ½ cup of vinegar and let sit for a few minutes while you finish cleaning the actual fixtures themselves.
- Scrub with a dish brush, and rinse clean.
- Dry with a soft microfiber towel.
Tackle the Ceiling Fan Blades
- These need some time to soak! Oil and dust really get caked on when you go too long between cleanings. Spray the top of the blades with an all-purpose cleaner and let sit while you clean the metal part of the fixture.
- To keep your floor or furniture from getting covered in all that grime, wrap an old pillowcase around the blade, and give some gentle downward pressure as you slide the pillowcase off the blade. The filth remains encased in the pillowcase instead of all over your room.
- Shake the pillowcase out over the trashcan and repeat with the remaining blades. In extreme cases, you may need more than one pillowcase on hand (I’m guessing).
Shine up the Metal Fixtures
- Dust first, to get rid of most of the grime. Either use an extendable duster or canned air.
- Wipe with a cloth dampened with window cleaner. Try my homemade cleaner. 1 cup of water, 2 tbsp. vinegar, and 2 tbsp. vodka. If you like, you can add 1-2 drops of blue food coloring or liquid bluing. I do this to distinguish the window cleaner from the all purpose cleaner.
- Now, replace the globes and enjoy seeing your home in a new light!
One thing to keep in mind is that by adding a quick dusting of the lights to your weekly cleaning routine, you can enjoy clean fixtures and bright light all year round. Um yeah, I’m preaching to myself.
So, do you dislike this chore as much as I do? Leave me a comment telling me your best tip for cleaning light fixtures.