How To Clean Switch Plates

Guidelines for Cleaning Switch Plates

Switch plates are almost always highly visible on your walls. Whether they are located in your foyer, your kitchen, your living room or your bathroom, they can be seen by anyone who walks through your home.

Unfortunately, they are one of those household items that is often forgotten when it comes time for house cleaning. They are similar to walls in that they are simply there. You have likely become oblivious to them—and to how dirty they have become.

The oils in skin leave behind a residue every time you switch on or off lights, which attracts dust and grime to switch plates. Clean them with a cloth dampened with warm water and mild dish washing liquid. Wring the cloth before using.

Guidelines for Cleaning Switch Plates

To avoid damaging the switch, never spray cleaner directly on the plate. To clean very dirty plates, remove them from the wall and wash them in warm, soapy water. Rinse and dry thoroughly.  To clean your light switches and wall plates, be sure you have enough paper towels or microfiber cloths to do all the switch plates in the house. Spray the cleaner directly on the cloth (not on the plate).

Wipe to remove gummy, sticky fingerprints. Buff to dry. If the switch itself is dirty, this is where a cotton-tip swab comes in handy. This is one of my little weekly chores — when I see smudges or dirt, I grab the microfiber cloth or a paper towel, apply a bit of rubbing alcohol, and clean. It seems I start with one and end up walking through the house cleaning them all.

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