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How to Clean Glass Pendant Lights [A Quick Guide]

cleaning glass pendant lights

Glass pendant lights are a hugely popular choice when it comes to lighting homes, and it's easy to see why. They’re stylish, they’re affordable, and they can add a touch of elegance to any room you choose to place them in.

However, without the proper care and attention, they can easily become dirty and covered in dust, which can both diminish their appearance as well as affect their performance. We want streak free shine!

Fortunately, cleaning glass pendant lights is relatively easy, and you can do it yourself with a few simple steps.

Let’s take a look at how to get your pendant lights looking like new again.

How to Clean Glass Pendant Lights (Step by Step)

  1. Start by turning off the power to the pendant lights. It'shighly recommended you do this, both for your own safety as well as to avoid damaging the lights. There’s no point having clean glass pendant lights that don’t work!
  1. Remove the light bulbs from the pendant lights. This can be easier said than done if you have high ceilings, in which case we recommend you read our article about changing light bulbs in high ceilings here.
  1. Once the bulbs are removed, use a soft cloth or feather duster to gently dust off the surface of the pendant lights. Be careful not to scratch the glass as you dust.
  1. If the pendant lights are still dirty, you can use a mixture of warm water and mild soap to clean them. Dip a soft cloth into the mixture, wring it out, and then use it to gently wipe down the glass. Be sure to rinse the cloth often and avoid getting water on the electrical components.
  1. If the pendant lights are especially dirty or have hard water stains, you can use a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water to remove them. Dip a soft cloth into the mixture and gently rub it over the stains. Be sure to rinse the pendant lights thoroughly with warm water to remove any vinegar residue.
  1. Once the pendant lights are clean, dry them thoroughly with a soft cloth. Be sure to get into any crevices or corners to remove any excess water.
  1. Finally, replace the light bulbs and turn the power back on.

By following these simple steps, you can clean your glass pendant lights with ease, and worry about the more important questions like whether pendant lights should be centered over the kitchen island or not!.

How to Remove Glass Shade from Pendant Light

If you would rather take your glass lampshade down before cleaning it, this is completely fine also.

When removing a glass shade from a pendant light, it's important to follow the proper steps to ensure that you don't damage the light or risk injury to yourself in the process. Here's how to remove a glass shade from a pendant light:

  1. As with the previous set of steps. start by turning off the power to the pendant light.
  1. Locate the securing mechanism that holds the glass shade in place. This is likely to be either a clip, a screw, or a nut. Depending on the type of pendant light you have, you may need to use a screwdriver or pliers to loosen this securing mechanism.
  1. Once the securing mechanism is loosened, gently lift the glass shade off of the pendant light. Be careful not to drop the shade or bump it against any hard surfaces, as with it being glass this could cause it to break.
  1. If the glass shade is difficult to remove, you may need to gently wiggle it back and forth to loosen it from the pendant light. If this is what you need to do, please use caution and avoid applying too much force, as again this could cause the shade to break.
  1. Once the glass shade is removed, you can set it aside and proceed with the cleaning. When you're finished, carefully reattach the shade to the pendant light. 

In summary, cleaning glass pendant lights is a simple task that can help to restore their beauty and functionality, and we definitely recommend doing it at least once a month.

Whether you choose to clean the lights while they are still hanging from the ceiling or remove them for a more thorough cleaning, the process is fairly straightforward.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you clean the inside of a glass light pendant?

If you’re looking to clean the inside of a glass pendant light, we’d recommend removing the lampshade from the light before attempting to clean it.

While the outside of a glass pendant light is simple and easy to clean without needing to take it off the ceiling, the same cannot be said for the inside of the light.

How do you remove smudge marks from glass?

There are several ways to remove smudge marks from glass, depending on the type of glass and the severity of the smudges. We suggest our simple three-step method.

Step 1 - Use a soft, lint-free cloth to wipe away the smudges. This method is best for light smudges that can be easily wiped away.

Step 2 - If the smudges are a little bit more stubborn, use a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water to remove them. Dip a cloth into the mixture and gently rub it over the smudges. Be sure to rinse the glass thoroughly with water to remove any vinegar residue.

Step 3 - If the smudges are still not coming off, use a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a cloth to remove them. By rubbing the cloth over the smudges in a circular motion, the smudges should come off in no time.

How to clean clear glass pendant lights?

Cleaning clear glass pendant lights is not different to cleaning coloured glass pendant lights.

In short, be sure to turn off the power to the lights, use a soft cloth or feather duster to gently dust off the surface, and if necessary, use a mixture of warm water and mild soap or vinegar and water to remove dirt and stains.

Don't forget to dry the pendant lights thoroughly before replacing the light bulbs and turning the power back on.