Spring is here! The weather’s warming up, the sun is shining, and you might be thinking it’s time to do some Spring cleaning. Spring is the perfect time to give your home a thorough clean in preparation for the busy Summer months. If you’re looking to deep clean your home from roof to basement, you don’t want to miss your skylights! As they can collect dust, dirt, leaves, and bugs over time, here are the six top tips for skylight care and cleaning this Spring.
1. Cleaning a Skylight
Skylights are a great investment as they provide free, natural light to your home and require little maintenance. Traditional ‘window-type’ skylights can accumulate leaves and dirt on the outside surface, especially without sufficient rainfall to wash them away. To be assured, the dome construction of Solatube skylights has the advantage – leaves, dirt, and debris can’t stick to the dome. Decide which parts of your skylight need cleaning – whether inside or outside – to find the best strategy to clean your skylights.
2. Skylight Frames
If you have a traditional skylight or Velux skylight with a frame, you may want to clean the frame by wiping gently with a damp cloth. Be careful when you do this as ladders will be required to reach the frame. Locations with salt exposure (such as coastal regions) will need frames to be painted to avoid corrosion. Solatube skylights have an efficient one-piece construction without an outside frame, so no cleaning is needed on the exterior roof.
3. Cleaning the Plastic Fixture
Many skylights are made of plastic, or in the case of Solatube skylights, have a stylish plastic fixture that is attached to the interior ceiling of the home. It’s important to clean these plastic or acrylic components carefully, as it can be damaged by scratching or solvents.
Use only a mild soap or detergent diluted in water with a soft cloth to clean plastics. You can blot dry with a chamois to prevent water spots. If only the exterior of the plastic fitting or glazing needs cleaning, you can gently wipe the fixture while it is still in place.
4. Cleaning Glass Skylights
To clean a glass skylight is like cleansing a plastic skylight, by using a gentle detergent or soap, a weak solution of ammonia, or a commercial glass cleaning solution. Avoid abrasive cleaning products or cloths to prevent scratches on glass surfaces.
5. Cleaning Inside a Skylight Fixture
Dust and debris can sometimes collect inside a skylight fixture, so you may need to remove it to wash it thoroughly. To do this, consult the manufacturer’s instructions for your model of the skylight to ensure you can remove the interior fitting safely and correctly to avoid damage. If in doubt, call your local skylight professional or Solatube dealer for expert advice and service.
6. Protecting and Repairing Your Skylight
Maintaining the bright shine and luster of your plastic skylight is simple. Apply a thin, even layer of automobile polish or wax with a soft cloth. You can also use a coat of automobile wax to cover and conceal minor scratches and abrasions.
This Spring, return your skylight to a new and sparkling appearance by using these safe and practical tips.