The Do's and Don'ts of cleaning your light fixtures

The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, the days are lengthening – ah, yes it’s that time of year! Spring is finally settling in. And as we all wake up from our winter haze, we may also be awakening to the need for some routine maintenance around the house. That’s right – it’s time for spring cleaning.

As you create your “honey-do” list, don’t forget your light fixtures. Read on for some lighting 101, practical Do’s and Don’ts for maintaining a beautiful fixture and extending the life of your favorite home accents.

Nissé chandelier in Toll Brothers bedroom
Image courtesy of Toll Brothers featuring Progress Lighting Nissé chandelier finished in Polished Chrome

For Polished Metal Fixtures…

DO:

  1. Clean your fixture regularly with a soft cloth using plain water or a mild detergent soap
  2. Use a non abrasive paste or liquid wax to provide extra protection (Turtle Wax or other non abrasive car wax)
  3. Make sure any cleaning or polishing cloth is free of abrasive material

DON’T

  1. Don’t use abrasive materials or cleaners, or any products with ammonia or alcohol
  2. Don’t use any glass or general purpose cleaners, as most chemicals will damage the lacquer coating (i.e. Pledge, Windex, Endust, to name a few)
  3. Don’t use a rough textured cloth
Image courtesy of Stephen Alexander Homes
Image courtesy of Stephen Alexander Homes featuring Progress Lighting Fiorentino chandelier in a hand-painted Forged Bronze finish

For painted fixtures…

DO:

  1. Clean your fixture regularly with a dry soft cloth
  2. If necessary, use plain water or mild detergent soap

DON’T

  1. Don’t use any abrasive materials or cleaners, such as products containing ammonia or alcohol
  2. Don’t clean your fixture with a rough textured cloth

For fluorescent fixtures…

DO:

  1. Remove lens and fluorescent bulbs from the fixture
  2. Clean your fixture, including bulbs, lens and any reflective surface with a soft dry cloth. If necessary, use a cloth slightly dampened with plain water or mild dish washing detergent
  3. Replace the bulbs and lens

DON’T

  1. Don’t use any abrasive materials or cleaner
  2. Don’t use products containing ammonia or alcohol
  3. Don’t use a rough textured cloth to clean any component of your fixture

What other items are on your spring cleaning list? Do you plan to freshen up your light fixtures with some routine maintenance?

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