How to Clean Light Fixtures Both Inside and Out

Cleaning Light

Cleaning your light fixtures is a task that many people shy away from. But cleaning the outside of your light fixture will keep it looking brand new and can be done in just a few minutes. Cleaning inside the fixture, though, is more intense and should only be attempted by those who are not afraid of getting their hands dirty.

If you have light fixtures in your home, then you know that cleaning them can be a challenge. If the exterior of the fixture is dirty, it is easy to remove. But when it comes to getting into the interior of the fixture, things can get tricky. To clean them properly, you will need certain tools and materials. 

How to Clean Light Fixtures?

Cleaning light fixtures is a complicated business. Light fixtures are a big part of the décor in any home. When you’re trying to sell your home, a freshly cleaned light fixture can have a big impact on the final sale price. However, cleaning light fixtures is no easy task. You have to be careful not to break them and you need the right tools to clean them and get rid of the grime.

Preventative Maintenance:

The first step in cleaning light fixtures is to be proactive and do regular maintenance on your fixtures. One way to do this is to clean them as soon as you notice them getting dusty or dirty. You should also replace bulbs that are out of date and keep track of the installation date for each bulb so that you know when they need to be replaced.

The second thing you want to do is get a bucket, fill it with warm water, and bring it into the room where you’ll be cleaning. You’ll also want a pair of old socks that can act as cleaning rags. Put them on your hands, and dip one into the warm water bucket, wringing out any excess water. Then, use it to clean your light fixtures. Scrub Pros Janitorial Service of New Orleans recommends doing this often.

Tips & Steps for cleaning the outside of your light fixture

Hanging lights in dark room

When it comes to maintaining your lighting fixtures, you have a few options. You can clean them yourself with the right materials, or you can hire a professional to do it for you. The decision depends on how dirty your fixture is and how complicated it will be to clean it.

Once that is decided it is now time to clean up your fixture and bring them back to their former glory. Here’s how you can give those old fixtures a makeover:

  • Get some warm water, soap, and a soft cloth.
  • Use a ladder if necessary to reach the fixture. 
  • Wipe down the fixture with soap and warm water.
  •  Dry it off with a clean cloth.

Almost all fixtures are cleaned by removing the glass and by spraying a cleaning solution on the outside. This is how to do it in 5 steps: 

  • 1) Remove the glass. 
  • 2) Spray warm water on the outside of the fixture and wipe with a soft cloth until it’s clean. 
  • 3) Dry completely before you put the glass back in place. 
  • 4) Check that the electrical connections are dry before you turn the lights back on. 
  • 5) Put the glass back and see it shine.

Tips for polishing crystal chandeliers 

Hanging chandelier

From a distance, a crystal chandelier looks like an intricate and delicate piece of art, but it’s a rather complex mechanism. There are dozens of tiny parts that need to be assembled correctly to create something that is both functional and beautiful. 

There are certain things you can do to ensure that your fixture is the best it can be when you hang it for the first time. Here are four tips for polishing crystal chandeliers to get that shine and make them look perfect for your customers. 

  • Get rid of the dust on the surface of the crystals before you start working on them. 
  • Use a soft brush to remove any dirt. 
  • If there are any spots or discolouration, use a toothbrush soaked in denatured alcohol to carefully scrub these away. 
  • Do not use abrasive materials as they can scratch the surface of the crystals and cause permanent damage. 

Tips for polishing brass chandeliers

Over time, brass can develop an ugly yellow patina that makes them look dull and neglected. Fortunately, it’s not too difficult to bring your brass items back to their former glory. Here are some tips for polishing brass chandeliers.

Lemon juice

Pouring juice into clean glass

Get a lemon and squeeze it. Mix the juice with some water in a bowl and dip a cloth in it. Wipe your chandelier with a damp cloth to remove tarnish. 

Baking soda

Baking Soda

Mix some baking soda with warm water in a bowl. Dip a cloth in the mixture and wipe off the tarnish from your chandelier. This should do the trick for most of your brass pieces. Baking soda is also great for removing bad odors.

Use an abrasive cloth 

Brillo Pad

Abrasive cloths are available in different grades of abrasiveness and if you use the right grade, your chandelier will shine like new. Abrasive cloths come in different grades such as P12, P15, P30 and P80. They are applied using a mechanical buffer.


When most people think of cleaning, they are only thinking of the inside surfaces. Light fixtures need to be cleaned both inside and out to ensure that they shine brightly for years to come. By following these tips, you can easily clean your light fixtures.

We suggest getting your fixtures professionally cleaned by professionals. They know how to get the job done and help make your fixture look good as new.

If you are looking to get your fixtures professionally clean contact Scrub Pros today.