If you’ve got a property with skylights, you’ll know how great they are for allowing natural light to flood your home whilst helping you to maintain your privacy and security. However you’ll also know that they only function at their best when they are well maintained and kept clean.
Although it may seem like a hassle to clean your skylights, it’s actually quick and easy with instant results. You won’t regret it when you look up to see bright skies through clear glass.
What Do You Need?
To clean a skylight, you don’t need specialist equipment. This is something you can do yourself using:
- Glass Cleaning Solution
It will depend on the location and style of your home as to whether or not you need to access the roof to clean your skylights. It may be the case that you need a step ladder or something to elevate you when cleaning.
When Should you Clean Your Skylight?
Skylights should be cleaned twice a year. However if there is extreme weather such as rain or wind, you may want to clear debris from your skylight in addition to these regular spots. Sometimes rain can help to wash your skylight naturally but it’s always worth double checking.
You should make sure that you clean your skylight at a time when you have good natural light in order to see any parts that you may miss or that need extra cleaning.
Cleaning: The Underside
Treat the underside of your skylight just like a normal window. You just need a clean cloth to wipe the glass removing any dirt or dust. Cobwebs are often made on or around skylights so this is a good chance to get rid of them also.
If there is clouding on the window, you can use the glass cleaning solution to avoid streaks and marks.
Cleaning: The Topside
Obviously cleaning the top side of the skylight is a bit more of a challenge. You may need to climb on to the roof to clean it. Never do this on your own, and if you aren’t comfortable doing it then you should ask a professional to do the job for you.
Always take extreme care when on the roof and try to avoid standing on the glass of the skylight. Take extra water up there and make sure you have all your cleaning materials with you so you don’t have to go up and down the ladder unnecessarily.