We are all aware that lights get dirty pretty quickly due to the continuous exposure to various elements, and this problem becomes more acute when you’re dealing with solar lights, because they’re always out in the environment.
Solar lights are broadly used in gardens and pavements as they’re automatically recharged via solar power, and don’t require high-maintenance facilities like usual lights. So, the investment is more beneficial power-wise; while not so much considering the outside world.
The external environment is the paradise of dirt and debris. There’s wind, there’s heavy raining, sometimes it’s the mud or just a bird doing its everyday job; either way, lights ought to get dirty when they’re outside.
But dirty/hazy lights are not much of a help to show you path at night, are they? Besides, the light can’t recharge itself properly when the external shell is murky.
The sunlight fails to reach the solar panel when it’s covered with some filthy element. That affects the light’s ability to recharge itself and thus results in dim light or no light at all.
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Also, you may have to consider discharging the light for good, if you don’t take a step immediately.
So, there’s one thing you can do to solve the problem, hide the light under the shed. But that’s just not possible, is it?
You can’t hide the solar light, it needs the environment. It needs the fuel, the sweet, sweet ray of the sun, and thus, the great outdoor exposure. And you can’t do anything about the environment either, it’s always gonna stay the same.
Keeping it clean is the only solution you have for this never-ending problem.
Sounds like a hard task? Not really.
As you know, a door of solution is always open when one needs it badly, and literally speaking, good for its owner, solar lights also come with a door to solve the problem of keeping it clean.
Yup, you have to compromise with just dusting (or maybe wiping the fragile shell as gently as possible), when it comes to traditional electronic bulbs, but you’re free to give those solar light that needed good old rub very easily.
How to Clean Solar Lights? Just follow these steps!
1. Gather All the Equipment
Yes, first things first. You need a few things to start cleaning the light.
Equipment that you’ll need:
- Piece of soft cloth – primary cleaning weapon!
- A scrub – for the most stubborn debris/stain.
- Soft brush – it is mandatory for proper dusting.
- Water spray bottle – this will prevent you from pouring too much water.
- Soap water – sometimes just water is not enough.
- Screwdriver – you will need to separate the parts of the light for proper cleaning.
- Clear coat – beneficial for the solar panel.
2. Parts of Solar Lights
Now, as you’ve gathered all the necessary equipment, it’s time to take a good look at the parts that need to be cleaned.
Yup, you’ll have to perform the cleaning task separately in different parts.
Let’s take a look at all the parts of the light, shall we?
The solar light is constructed with three things.
The shell or the body
People refer to this part using different names, but you get what we mean, right? It is the structure that holds the light inside and protect it from direct contact of the world.
The body is usually made of plastic or glass. It tends to get murky pretty quickly which works as a sole reason for stopping the light from functioning properly.
The solar panel
The solar panel is the most essential part of the light. And also, the primary reason for you to clean the light regularly.
Usually the coating over the panel is affected by the environment. It becomes hazy after a while because of the wind, mist and dirt. Also, the crevices of the panel attract trashy particles, which is another major reason why the panel gets filthy.
The battery is usually located right beneath the panel.
It gets pretty moist inside the shell due to the high temperature and the continuous change of the weather, and this plays a big role in oxidizing the battery.
So, it’s no wonder, you have to clean the battery as well, to keep it safe from instant oxidizing.
Now, a solar light is a crucial object. You better not try to disassemble its part yourself and accidentally destroy it. Moreover, not all lights are manufactured the same way, so there’s that.
Find the instruction manual that came along with the light, disassemble the parts following its steps. Use the screwdriver for loosening screws.
3. The Easy Task of Cleaning
With all the parts and equipment before you, it’s time to start cleaning.
Take the shell first and dust its walls, edges and corners with the soft brush. Once the grainy particles are gone, use water and piece of soft cloth for wiping off the hazy layer of dirt.
If it doesn’t get the job done, take the scrub and start rubbing the cover/shell surface using soapwater. Then take a clean, wet piece of cloth and blot the surface. Otherwise, the water trapped inside the cover will turn everything moist.
The cleaning process of the solar panel is pretty similar to that of the light shell. First dust the surface to get rid of filthy particles, then wipe it off and later use soapewater for an intense rub.
However, you can use clear coat for glistening the panel. It will make it appear clean and also protect the actual surface from getting affected by the environment.
Spray cans of clear coat is perfect for the task, just make sure not to spray it over anything else other than the panel itself.
When you’ll take the battery in hand, you’ll probably come across some chalk-like powder, this powder is the result of internal oxidization. Dust off the powder using the brush. Use the brush for dusting the battery case as well.
Sometimes the powder is too stubborn to come off only with the help of a brush. In this condition, use a dry scrub or sandpaper. But remember, no matter whatsoever, you mustn’t use water or soapwater.
After you’re done cleaning the battery, the panel and the shell individually, put them back together. The solar light is all cleaned up!
So, there you go! Let the environment do what it does. Now you know How to Clean Solar Lights, that’s enough to keep them going at nights for a pretty large period.
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