Our customers sometimes fail to do simple landscape lighting repairs. In terms of architectural enhancements to homes as well as the secure, inviting light they cast, outdoor light fixtures are often overlooked. On the other hand, cleaning the outside lights is one of the simplest things you can do.
Cleaning light fixtures can increase their appearance as well as the brightness of the light they cast. It’s easy to do and doesn’t necessitate any special equipment. To stop letting water into electrical outlets, all you’ll need is some free time and a lot of care.
Cleaning your home’s exterior brass or copper finish, as well as decorative metal light fixtures, on a regular basis would provide the finest outdoor lighting and improve the curb appeal of your home. If you have artisan, authentic brass, or copper fixtures, you’ll need to clean them differently. Step-by-step instructions are shown below.
Essential Supplies For Cleaning
Here are a few cleaning materials essential supplies you might require for cleaning fixtures with lacquer-coated brass, zinc, or metal.
- A stairwell
- Gloves for security
- A small, old paintbrush (for dusting)
- A useable towel
- Two buckets for various purposes
- Not so hot water
- Dishwashing soap (liquid preferably)
- Microfiber (soft cloth for cleaning)
- Polishing paste with no abrasives or melted wax provides extra protection. However, it is an option.
- Cleaner for glass wind.
Step By Step Guide
To clean the light and ensure that it doesn’t have any trace of dust or debris, follow the steps mentioned below.
Step 1: Perform a safety scan by turning off all outside lighting circuit breakers. Make sure that all interior light switches that lead to exterior lights are also switched off.
Step 2: Place a step ladder next to the light fixture on a straight, flat surface.
Step 3: Put on a pair of gloves to cover your hands.
Step 4: To make cleaning the inside faster, remove the light bulbs first.
Step 5: Remove all spider webs, insect debris, and dust with an old domestic paintbrush.
Step 6: Using a screwdriver, remove all reflective globes, grills, and shields. Place the pieces on a soft surface. A folded towel would suffice.
Step 7: Fill two service buckets halfway with hot water. Pour liquid dish soap into one bucket and stir to make suds. Note: Always test any cleaner on a small, inconspicuous area before using it on a larger area.
Step 8: In a bucket filled with soapy water, place the globe, shield, and other extracted pieces.
Step 9: Soak a cloth or sponge in soapy water for a few minutes. Wipe the non-removable pieces of the fixtures that are now stuck to the wall with a damp cloth. Water should not be allowed to get into the electrical sockets. (If you can access the sockets, use masking tape to protect them briefly before cleaning.) Rinse well with water.
Step 10: Drain the soapy water from the globe, shield, and other pieces. To scrub, dunk these in the second bucket of clear water, and using a towel, dry the area.
Step 11: Coat all metal surfaces with a non-abrasive liquid paint or paste wax to add shine. Car wax is effective.
Step 12: Clean and polish all glass panes, colors, or objects with a commercial glass cleaner.
Step 13: Using a wet rag, wipe the light bulbs that have been replaced. Reassemble the fixture and replace the fixtures. Switch the circuit breaker back on after the fixture has dried completely.
- Spider webs will easily collect in and around light fixtures. To keep spiders out, spray Miss Muffet’s Revenge spider protection around the perimeter after washing your outdoor lighting fixtures.
Must Avoid These Don’ts
To ensure proper security and ideal cleaning, follow these must avoid don’ts of cleaning:
- To secure the protective lacquer coating on metal outdoor lighting, follow these steps:
- Do not use chemical-based all-purpose cleaners.
- Any cleaning items that contain ammonia or alcohol should be avoided.
- Avoid using abrasive cleaners or washing clothes with a rough feel.
- A lantern hung from the ceiling.
Additional Tips For Cleaning Artisan Copper Outdoor Lighting
Outdoor (unlacquered) lighting made of real brass or copper will tarnish or develop an unsightly patina over time. From common kitchen ingredients, you can make your own fresh, natural brass and copper cleaners. Follow steps 1 through 6 above to clean brass or copper fixtures, then see below for instructions on how to clean unlacquered brass or copper surfaces.
Salt and lemon
Rub the cut side of lemon on the surface of brass or copper to remove tiny tarnish stains. To make a more powerful cleaner, make a paste of equal parts table salt, lemon juice, and non-iodized cornstarch. With a smooth, clean rag, rub the paste onto the paper. Combine a bucket of warm water and a small amount of moderate, vegetable-based soap. (Castile soap is a good choice.) Rub the surface with soapy water, then rinse and dry.
Baking soda is a concentrated mineral that is often used in the kitchen. It’s an excellent, environmentally conscious substitute for harsh industrial copper and brass cleaners. To make a paste, combine two teaspoons of baking soda with a bit of lemon juice. Apply the paste to a smooth cloth and use it to polish the paint. Sprinkle baking soda on a wet cloth, then brush over the tarnished area for harder stains. Alternatively, you should apply baking soda onto the cut surface of a lemon. Remove the paste with a gentle, vegetable-based soap and water mixture. Rinse it well and pat the excess to dry with a clean towel.
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