It’s that time of year!! Along with dieting, exercising and taking down holiday decorations, everyone likes to start off the new year with a clean slate. What better way to clean that slate, than helpful tips for cleaning your home’s light fixtures.
Avoid the harsh cleaners
Resist the urge to use brass or other abrasive cleaners as they could mar the finish that keeps the fixture looking its best.
Clean your Light Bulbs
Dust, aerosol sprays and airborne cooking oils dim both your home’s ambiance and your fixture’s ability to put out all the wattage you are paying for. To clean a light bulb, wait until the light bulb is cool and wipe it down with a lint free cloth. A good rule of thumb is to clean the light bulb or fixture at least once a month.
Wash fixtures by hand
While it may be tempting to put the glass shades into the top rack of the dishwasher, resist the urge. Automatic dishwasher detergent can scratch or dull the decorative design and coating on some fixtures.
Check for damage
If you notice any frayed wires or other damage, have it fixed before cleaning it.
Clean a little now to avoid a bigger clean-up later
Wipe clean regularly with a rag or dust cloth whenever you do regular house cleaning. This will help keep most of the grime from settling in for a permanent stay. If you don’t get a chance to regularly clean your fixtures, try to do a good cleaning every time you change the light bulb. Always turn off the electricity to the fixture before cleaning it.
Please see a blog we previously posted on How To Clean your Tiffany Art Glass Shades. The great tips still apply.
Keeping your fixtures clean will make them a brilliant part of your home’s interior design. Follow the Quoizel blog for more tips on caring for your light fixtures.
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