Cleaning your light bulbs regularly can save energy, and keeping your light fixtures dusted can help cut down on allergies. Depending on the light fixture you may need to clean them weekly or once a month.
A dirty light bulb will produce 20% less energy than a clean light bulb. An easy way to help save energy and keep your home beautifully lit is by simply turning the light off to let the bulb cool and then wipe it down with a microfiber cloth.
- Dryer sheets are low-cost alternatives to microfiber clothes.
Before you start cleaning your luxury light fixtures be sure to set yourself up for success. Place a towel underneath fixtures like pendants, flush mounts, wall scones or any wall and ceiling fixture. This will help catch the flying dust and dirt and reduce the clean up time.
- Hang an umbrella upside down from the arm of a chandelier so it will catch any dust or soapy water you are using.
Next, be sure to turn the lights off and let the bulbs cool, so you don’t shock yourself or burn your fingers. If you have a complicated fixture (one with many crystals or pieces, take a photo of the fixture. This will help you put it back together if you need to take it apart and clean those hard to reach places.
When cleaning pendants and/or glass dome shades, you can dip the dome glass in soapy water and place them to try on puppy-training pads to air/drip dry. The pendants can be aesthetically revived with the spritz of a cleaning solution and a gently wipe down with a micro fiber cloth.
If you have recessed lighting, dust them weekly with a long-handle duster. If you want to go the extra mile, wipe the insides of canisters and the bulbs with a microfiber cloth or a slightly damp rag.
Last, but not least, to clean lampshades made of fine silks, fabric or paper, use a lamb’s-wool duster- it will attract dirt without leaving a residue. For deeply embellished shades, use the bristle-brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner on a low speed.
We gathered our information on cleaning your luxury light fixtures from Hudson Valley Lighting, HousLogic.com, HGTV and apartmenttherapy.com. If you have other great suggestions on how you clean you luxury lighting please share with us and our readers by commenting below!