Solar lights are great outdoor decor items, but they’re ugly when their plastic components turn yellow. What’s the best way to clean these? While these solar lights are still functional, their looks may certainly not reflect the value they bring to your home. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution – restoring them to their original look is possible.
The continued care of your solar lights is very important. Many people assume that as long as the lights are sitting out during the day, charging occurs. This is not always so. If the dirt and debris that layer your solar panels remain there, your battery may not get fully charged. Regular solar panel cleaning is almost as essential as cleaning your car or home windows. Un-cleaned panels will be less effective during the daylight hours when they need to be working hard. So regular maintenance is a must be to ensure you get the most from your outdoor lights.
When cleaning your solar outdoor lights, it is best to ensure that you allow the fixtures to completely cool off before attempting to clean. A small amount of soapy water and a soft cloth will do the trick. Be sure to use a soft-bristled brush to remove any debris or stubborn spots. We recommend cleaning your solar panels about once per month to ensure they’re absorbing as much sunlight as possible. However, if you reside in a particularly dusty area, you may need to perform the task more frequently.
When cleaning outdoor lighting fixtures make sure that you start with a proper cleaning solution. Soap and water is adequate for the glass and plastic components; just make sure to rinse them off thoroughly afterward. Some cleaning solutions can also be helpful when it comes to removing the buildup of dirt from metal or plastic parts on the fixture. Remove any debris that might be stuck to the light fixtures and globes with a soft cloth, scrub brush, or rag. Adjust the height of your lighting fixtures at this point to illuminate your
While inspecting your globes and fixtures, check them for damage such as cracked globes, cracks in metal components, or dents in plastic. If you see any signs of damage, you may be able to find replacement parts online which are considerably less expensive than replacing the whole fixture.
Before handling anything, you should make sure to take the necessary safety precautions by wearing gloves. This is to prevent the peroxide from irritating your skin or causing a reaction.
Fill your bowl with hydrogen peroxide. Once you have taken the necessary safety precautions, pour the hydrogen peroxide onto your bowl.
Add ¼ teaspoon of your oxygenated laundry booster per gallon of peroxide. Make sure you stick to this ratio to prevent a negative chemical reaction.
Wet enough paper towels to cover the area you want to restore and that the paper towels are wrung out of any excess solution.
Flatten the paper towels and press them against your surface. The towels should stick on their own but if they do not, you can use plastic wrap and tape to secure them.
Keep it soaked for several hours under UV light/sunlight. The soaking time will vary depending on just how stained your plastic lights are. It will probably take 2 to 6 hours and you can keep using the solution for up to 4 days before needing replacement. The UV light or sunlight can help speed up the whitening process.
Remove and rinse once it reaches the desired result. Make sure to remove any of the solution left on your lights by rinsing or wiping it carefully with a damp cloth or sponge. You can wash it with soapy water if you think there is still some solution left on it. However, be careful not to get water inside the device as this can lead to electrical problems.
If you’ve got a set of decorative solar lights on your property, you know what it’s like to love them for their aesthetic charm. Hopefully, these steps have helped you in restoring your solar lights to their former glory!