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Littman Bros |  June 15, 2018

How To Clean Those Pesky Ceiling Lights In Your Home

We all dream of having homes with high ceilings and extravagant hanging ceiling lights. But what we don’t consider is the maintenance and care that goes into having those high ceilings and lights. Ceiling lights — like everything else in our homes — tend to collect dust and get dirty. They’re significantly more tricky to clean, though, than the convenient table lamps and wall sconces in our homes.

At Littman Bros Lighting, we have a large selection of ceiling lights for your home, ranging from elaborate chandeliers to basic flush mounts. If you’re in the Schaumburg, Illinois area and you notice your ceiling lights need some updating after you clean them, visit our showroom or contact us today.

Once your home ceiling lights lose their natural glow, we suggest you clean them and bring them back to life. In this blog post, we’ve listed several steps that will help you clean your ceiling lights.

Safety first. Then teamwork.

Before you attempt cleaning your ceiling lights, please understand that we are deeply concerned about your safety and well-being. Think about any risks there might be before you get cleaning and take any necessary precautions.

If you’re using a ladder, step stool or scissor lift, we suggest you ask a friend or family member to help you with the cleaning process. They can hold your ladder for you and hand you cleaning supplies as you need them, minimizing the number of times you’ll have to go up and down the ladder.

In order to properly clean your home ceiling lights, you need a stable working surface you can trust. Again, do not try cleaning your ceiling lights alone — accidents happen when you least expect them to.

Collect your cleaning supplies beforehand.

To speed up the cleaning process, we suggest collecting all of the cleaning supplies you’ll need before you get on your ladder.

Here’s a list of some cleaning supplies that will help freshen the glow of your ceiling lights:

  • Dusting sheets
  • Water in a spray bottle
  • Paper towels
  • Lint removing cloths
  • Compressed air
  • All-purpose/multi-purpose cleaner

Here are some additional tools you might need to tighten/loosen any shades or light bulbs:

  • A flat head screwdriver
  • A Phillips head screwdriver
  • Correct replacement light bulbs (if necessary)

When you take the time to gather these items ahead of time, you’ll reduce the number of times you’ll have to run from the room you’re cleaning your lights in to your cleaning supply closet.

Turn your home ceiling lights off.

Next, you’ll want to take the time to turn off the power to the lights you’ll be cleaning. This is a very important safety precaution so you don’t accidentally electrocute yourself.

Usually, simply turning off your light switch is sufficient, but we suggest going the extra mile and turning the power off completely from your breaker. Better safe than sorry, right?

Remove any shades, if necessary.

A lot of home ceiling lights have shades that need to be removed in order for you to reach the light bulb. Remove these shades and bring them to floor level, where you can safely clean them before placing them on the fixture again.

Removing these shades will also get them out of the way while you’re cleaning and lessen the chance of them dropping while you’re cleaning.

Clean the frame.

The frame of the ceiling lights in your home will vary in material types, all of which require different cleaning methods. Here’s a basic list of cleaning guidelines for common ceiling material frames, though we always suggest checking your manufacturer’s instructions first, if possible.

For glass and porcelain frames:

If your home ceiling lights’ frames are made of glass or porcelain, you’re in luck, as these materials are some of the easiest to clean. Use a lint-free cloth to get rid of any collected dust, and sometimes, even a damp cloth will get the job done.

Pro tip: If your light fixture has paint or another finish on it, don’t use anything with moisture to clean it, as this might cause damage or ruin.

For crystal frames:

This type of material is especially pesky, as it is oftentimes sharp and fragile. Compressed air seems to do the trick with this type of material, but you can also pick up cleaner made specifically for crystal chandeliers at your local hardware store.

Traditional Pendant Lighting

For metal frames:

Again, a lint-removing cloth should successfully eliminate any dust from this type of frame material. If you want some extra shine, find some glass or metal cleaner and wipe it down.

For wood frames:

This material can be complex to clean as your desired cleaning supplies really depend on the type of wood finish. But typically, compressed air and a dusting cloth will clean wood material.

For acrylic and plastic frames:

This material is another fairly easy one to clean. We suggest using a damp paper towel for initial cleaning and to utilize a lint-removing cloth to wipe down any excess dust.

Clean and replace any light bulbs.

While you’re already tackling the task of cleaning your bulbs, swap out any bulbs that might be dimming or nearing the end of their lifespans while you’re already climbing up and down your ladder. If you’ve been thinking about making the switch to LED lights, this is the time to make that transfer as well.

Put everything back together.

This is the simplest step after you’ve completed all your hard work. You’ve done a lot of taking apart your ceiling lights at this point, and in order to feel the full effect of your cleaning, you need to put everything back together.

If you’re unsure you’ll remember how to do this, we recommend writing down or taking photos while you’re taking apart your light fixtures. This way, you’ll know exactly what to do when it comes to putting them back together!

Shop Our Home Ceiling Lights

Our team of lighting experts at Littman Bros Lighting is trained in all things related to lights and lighting fixtures. We can help you find home ceiling lights that will match your personal style preference while staying within your desired budget. We are proud to be a Top Rated® National Lighting Supplier for the Chicago area, and we owe a lot of that to our exceptional customer service that our team provides.

We invite those in the Schaumburg/Chicago area to visit our 10,000-square-foot lighting showroom, where you’ll have the opportunity to personally consult with our team about your home lighting products and view the lights you see on our online catalog.

If you have any further questions, feel free to call our showroom at (847) 895-5155 or fill out our online form. We also invite you to sign up for our monthly newsletter, where you’ll receive exclusive lighting advice, tips, news and store offers.