Ask the Experts – Cleaning Skylights

The Cleaning Experts at  A Clean Streak answer your toughest cleaning questions.

Penny M. from Burlington asks: We moved into a lovely home a few years ago.Skylights Need Cleaning What really sold us on the house were the glass skylights installed in both the kitchen and the living room — especially since our winters can be so grey and dark. Well, after a couple of years of cooking and just general living, our skylights aren’t letting in nearly as much light as they used to, but cleaning them seems like a daunting project. Any tips you could share?

A Clean Streak, The Window Cleaning Experts answer:  Hi Penny. This time of year, natural light seems to be hard to find, and though the prospect of cleaning those skylights can be a bit intimidating, there a few tricks we can share to help you bring the cheer back to your home!

First, assemble your tools. To clean the inside of the skylights you’ll need: a tarp or sheet of plastic, a long handled “Swiffer” or sponge mop to which you can attach your cleaning pads, two microfiber cloths, a bucket containing two quarts of warm water and two tablespoons of either ammonia or white vinegar, a ladder or step stool, eye protection and gloves.

  • Move all furniture away from beneath the skylight, and lay down your plastic tarp.
  • Attach a dry micro-fiber cloth to the end of the mop.
  • Set up your ladder or stepstool if necessary (you’ll need to enlist the help of a “cleaning-buddy” to keep that ladder steady), don your gloves and eye protection.
  • Wipe the inside of the skylight with the dry cloth…dampen your cloth with your cleaning solution and wipe again…then wipe a third time with the dry cloth.

Skylight CleanedTo clean the outside you’ll need a ladder to get up to the roof, safety harness for when you’re up there, gloves and eye protection, several microfiber cloths and your bucket of cleaning solution.

  • After you’re up on the roof and safely harnessed in, wipe the skylight with a dry microfiber cloth.
  • Dampen another cloth with your cleaning solution and wipe again. Stubborn debris like tree sap or bird droppings may require application of more cleaning solution, and a lot of “elbow grease”. Resist the temptation to scrape the debris off the skylights to avoid scratching the glass.
  • When you’re finished removing the stuck on debris, rinse the skylight again with a cloth dampened with cleaning solution, and then polish the glass with a dry cloth.

One final tip – choose a cloudy day to tackle this project, as sunshine will inevitably cause your skylights to streak as you clean them.

Thanks for your question Penny. We hope these tips will help you let a little more light into your life! And if cleaning those skylights still seems like too tough of a project to tackle on your own, we encourage you to call the professionals at A Clean Streak. We’ll provide the know-how and the manpower to get the job done the right way! Call us at 360-395-5748 for a free project estimate today.

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