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My lights look rather grubby after three years. How should I clean them?

Dirty light fixtures don’t just look bad, they also reduce the lamp’s brightness, and waste energy, so it’s a good idea to clean them annually. Philippe Limes, the CEO of Helpling, an online platform connecting customers with independent domestic cleaners, details how different types of fixtures should be treated.

For any light fixture, first, turn off the power and allow the bulbs to cool down. For lampshades, remove loose dust with a lint roller, then wipe the interior and exterior with a dry microfibre cloth. Fill a basin with lukewarm water and add a dash of laundry detergent.

Remove the shade from the lamp and submerge it. Rinse with warm water. Repeat this dipping process until the water runs clear. Don’t worry if the fabric shade starts to lose its elasticity; it will spring back to its original shape when dry. Place it in the sun to dry.

To clean glass pendants, remove the bulbs, then the glass shade. Soak the shade in a solution of water and dishwashing detergent. Remove and dry with a soft cloth. Finally, wipe the bulbs with a damp cloth and leave to dry.

For chandeliers, remove all bulbs. Make a solution using a squirt of dishwashing detergent, ¼ cup white vinegar and three cups of water. Spritz the chandelier, and dry with a soft microfibre cloth.

TOPICS: Renovation