How to Clean Plastic Skylights
Adding skylights is a way to improve the light quality in a home without compromising on energy efficiency or privacy. Natural lighting adds to the overall value and aesthetics of contemporary homes. Skylights require a cleaning twice a year for maximum usability and to protect the surface from scratch damage. The outer surface will need to be accessed from the roof, so safety is a priority with this do-it-yourself cleaning project.
Cleaning the Inside
Remove any dust webs from around the skylight using a broom. Place a dropcloth beneath the skylight and keep it in place until both the interior and exterior are cleaned. Attach a rag to the end of the broom using duct tape.
Apply a generous amount of glass cleaner to the rag. Wipe the skylight with the rag. Use a long-handled squeegee to wipe the skylight if it is a flat panel.
Dry the skylight using a clean rag. Repeat this cleaning procedure every six months to keep the skylight clean.
Cleaning the Outside
Add 1/4 cup of liquid detergent to a bucket and take it up to the outer skylight surface using a sturdy ladder. Add water to the soap with a garden hose.
Hose down the skylight with clear water. Spray on a small amount of citrus based cleaner if there is bird excrement or tree sap present.
Clean the skylight by scrubbing the surface with the soapy water and sponge. Rinse with the garden hose and allow the surface to air dry.
Apply a layer of automotive wax to the skylight and buff with a clean rag. This will protect the surface from scratches and weathering, according to HowtoCleanAnything.com.
Things You Will Need
- Safety glasses
- Duct tape
- Glass cleaner
- Long-handled squeegee (if needed)
- Liquid detergent
- Garden hose
- Citrus cleaner
- Scrub sponge
- Automotive wax