Wondering how to clean your cove lighting? Cove lighting has gain popularity in the last few years in Singapore. Light is a choice of many due to its feature and benefits. With cove lighting, you can transform your house and give it an ambiance look. They are applicable both in a residential setting as well as a commercial setting. If you feel that your home lighting needs an upgrade, consider cove lighting.
Cove lighting is installation is on the ceiling and the wall depending on the homeowner’s preference. Cove lighting gives an amazing look to your house, warmth, and soft glow. To ensure that you get the best out of the cove lighting, you need to carry out regular cleaning. Here is a guide on How to Clean Your Cove Lighting.
Since most cover lighting installation is on the ceiling, you need to take extra precaution for your own safety. When reaching the ceiling, ensure that you have a stable ladder and if possible, have a clean working space.
When cleaning the cove, you will need the following supplies;
Each of the following supplies is useful in one way or another.
It’s the most basic but yet the most ignored level when it comes to cleaning of the cove lightings. You switch of electricity for both the safety reason as well as protecting the cove lights. To be sure that you are safe, disconnect the power supply at the circuit breaker. Remember, you will use water; thus, you are exposed to electrocution or even damaging your hard earn investment.
If your cove lighting has a diffuser, remove it with caution. You can then wipe it clean with a wet cloth. When removing the diffuser, ensure that you take the necessary measure to avoid it dropping on the ground. When the shade hits the ground, you will be forced to buy a new replacement which may turn out to be expensive. First study the diffuser to know how to remove it and don’t exert excess force. The diffuser are made such that they are easy to detach and clean.
Now here is where the exact cleaning job lies. Depending on the flame, choose the best material and reagents. Each of the material requires specific material and method to clean. Most manufacturers give the cleaning instructions. If you are not lucky here are some of the best cleaning guidelines:-
Glass and porcelain: For glass and porcelain, you are supposed to wipe the dirt with a lint-free cloth. If the glass is a dump or greasy, opt using wet cloth or towel. Ensure that you clean it and wipe it dry to avoid water spots. If the glass has special finishing like gold leaf or paint, avoid at all cost using a moist cloth.
Crystal: Cleaning the crystal flame needs someone with experience and who is extra careful. If you want to delicate crystal and leave them spackling you will need to buy a crystal cleaner in the nearby store. For crystal, its better left for professional cleaners as you may cause more damage.
Metal: Wipe the metal lighting fixture with a clean, lint-free cloth. Metal does not require any skills, with a piece of fabric you can wipe it clean. But you need to avoid cleaning metal with a rough material as it can cause scratches.
Wood: The finishing of the wood determines the method and material used in cleaning. Most people use canned air or dusting fabric material. For wood with raised or heavy grains, consider using a dry cloth to reach the dust settled in the deeper ridges.
Although with the right diffuser it’s hard to find a dirty bulb, it is advisable to clean them. Here you are also tasked to inspect the dim bulb or completely damaged bulb. If you are using the halogen bulbs, ensure that there is no built-up dust. Also, remember cleaning the codes, most people forget. Use a dry cloth and wipe them clean.
After you are done with cleaning the bulb and replacing the damaged ones, it’s now time to re-assemble the cove lighting fixtures. After you are done, switch on the lights to see if there are any changes. When doing the cleaning, ensure that you leave the ceiling clean.