How do you clean light fixtures?
Whether your lighting fixtures are wall sconces, chandeliers, hanging pendant lights, ceiling fans or plastic-covered outdoor lights, they need a good cleaning about once a month.
It doesn't take long for lighting fixtures to gather dirt, dust, and grime, dimming both your home's ambiance and your fixtures' ability to put out all the wattage you're paying for.
Here's how to clean lighting fixtures and lamp shades safely.
To clean a light fixture, start by carefully remove the shade or cover. (For lamp shades, clean according to the type of material, as detailed below).
Wipe off the bulb and base with a damp cloth. Immerse ceiling lamp covers in a sink full of warm, soapy water.
Wash gently, rinse, and dry thoroughly with a lint free towel or cloth.
This cleaning routine also works on brass, chrome, steel, nickel, pewter, and outside light fixtures, too.
You don't need the harsher, more expensive surface-specific cleaners to get the dirty job done. These cleaners can mar the surface sheen that keeps fixtures looking their best.
While it may be tempting to pop that glass fixture into the top rack of the dishwasher instead, resist this urge. The heat in a dishwasher can easily break delicate glass covers, or fade exterior detailing.
And automatic dishwasher detergent can scratch or dull the decorative design and coating on some fixtures. Be safe and wash by hand.
Here's how to wash a chandelier yourself, piece by piece:
The secret to keeping lamp shades clean is to dust them weekly. Once grime builds up, it gets more difficult to remove, especially on more delicate shades such as parchment or fabric. Here's how to clean lamp shades by type:
Check out the Clean Organized Home Store for lamp cleaning products and tools to make your cleaning job easier and more efficient.