So, your custom remodeler has installed skylights as part of your new bathroom or kitchen remodeling project, and you’re wondering how you’re ever going to keep them clean? Cleaning your skylight doesn’t have to be a dirty job. You should be able to reach it from the inside with a long-handled mop or duster, or by safely using a ladder or scaffolding. From the outside, rain should keep the glass relatively clean, but you will need to use a ladder or get on the roof if you want to wash it. The folks at Velux, a reputable skylight and roof window manufacturer used by custom remodelers, offer cleaning tips on their website at www.veluxusa.com. Here’s a summary of a few we liked:
- Avoid cleaning the skylight during the hottest part of the day.
- Use clean water and soap first, followed by a mild glass cleaner. Use a soft brush or cloth to apply the cleaners and to remove them. You can also use a squeegee.
- Avoid using metal scrapers or blades because these will scratch the skylight glass, which is not repairable or covered under most warranties. If it’s necessary to remove tree sap, paint or adhesive, scrape carefully with a razor blade only in one direction in a small spot.
- Clean other areas of skylights (frames, sashes, etc.) with adamp cloth or soapy water.
- Inside, use a long-handled mop to remove any cobwebs or dust from corners.
- Condensation on skylights is common and natural. It occurs when humidity is too high in the room. You can solve this by ventilating the room a few times a day for about five minutes.