In the Fall, the days start to get shorter and the natural light we had all summer begins to be more scarce. We tend to rely on interior lighting much more. When we are using more energy for lighting, we want it to be as efficient as possible.
Keeping lights and fixtures clean help make sure that our lights are up to their full potential. Tackling table lamps and fixtures that are easy to reach are usually dealt with on a more routine basis. However, light fixtures that hang or have multiple globes or balls can take more time to tackle. Here are a few tips that can cut down on the time needed to give lights a thorough cleaning.
1. Stock up on the right cleaning supplies. Have extendable duster to reach those hard to reach spots and also a microfiber dusting cloth that you can throw in the wash when it is dirty.
2. Dust more regularly. Like I said, some that are easy to get to seem to get done more routinely, but try to dust the more difficult ones weekly or biweekly then it won't take as long to do when you need to tackle them. Lampshades make take more time. Using a lamb's wool duster to attract the dirt so it won't leave a residue on the lampshade.
3. Deep clean at table level if possible. If there are a lot of glass accents or small pieces that can be removed and cleaned, it is better to do so at a table level where you can sit the items down and carefully clean them. Chandelier crystals can be wiped with a soft cloth and vinegar solution to get most of the dirt, and so can globes or other outer glass coverings. If it is a detailed fixture, take a picture of it before so you can be sure to get all the pieces back where they belong once everything has been cleaned and dried.
4. Use a sturdy stool and spray bottle to clean un-removable fixtures. Put your vinegar solution in a spray bottle and spray the fixture to clean it--avoiding the bulbs. Spraying them can damage the bulb and the electrical components of the fixture. Make sure you have a drop cloth underneath the fixture to catch any drips that may happen. When cleaning a light fixture, it's always smart to be safe. Turn off the light and circuit breaker to avoid risk of shock or burns from hot bulbs.
After you are done, enjoy the extra sparkle your "like new" lighting gives your home during the darker, gloomier months outdoors!