Who doesn’t love natural light?
According to reports, natural light is one of the top features that homebuyers want in a new property. Employees in North America have also said that “access to natural light” is one of the top attributes that they want in a workplace – ranking it above even on-site cafeterias, fitness centers, and childcare.
Also sometimes called “daylighting,” filling a home or office with natural light is a great way to make the space feel light, airy, and welcoming. It’s the perfect way to showcase your bold design choices, while also helping to lower your energy bills over time. Even better? Study after study has shown that spending time in natural light can come with all sorts of health benefits, including:
- Increased focus and higher productivity
- Better vision
- Better, more restful sleep at night
- Improved mood and higher levels of happiness
Ready to Enjoy the Health and Lifestyle Benefits of Natural Light in Your Space?
Whether you live in an old school bungalow or a gleaming penthouse condo, there are all sorts of tricks and techniques that can help you maximize the amount of light you’re getting – and even bring more clean, refreshing sunlight into your space!
One of the best tools for increasing the amount of eco-friendly natural light in your home is a well-stocked cleaning caddy. Here’s how you can clean to enhance the amount of natural light in your home:
Clean Your Windows, Skylights, and Glass Doors
Windows, skylights, and doors are essential for letting bright sunlight stream into your home. Unfortunately, they can’t let all that light shine into your space if they’re covered in dust, debris, and grime.
Be sure to make regularly cleaning your windows and sliding glass doors a part of your cleaning routine. Use your favorite glass cleanser and a clean cloth for a streak-free shine. Don’t forget your skylights! While you may not want to get up on a ladder and clean them every week, these should be treated at least once every few months.
Whenever you need to break out a stepstool or ladder, remember to practice proper safety – have a spotter with you, don’t overextend yourself, and try to use tools that can safely increase your reach, such as extendable dusters and vacuum attachments.
Keep Your Blinds and Curtains Free of Dust and Debris
Could your window treatments be making your sunroom feel more like a dungeon? To maximize the amount of light in your space, try supplementing your heavy curtains and blinds with thin, translucent options.
At the same time, remember to regularly clean your blinds and curtains using a microfiber duster and your favorite vacuum attachment, respectively. For plastic and vinyl blinds and shutters, you can also take them down and give them a bath with a bit of dish soap a few times per year, to keep them looking and feeling their best.
Polish Mirrors and Reflective Surfaces
To reflect more light into your space, consider hanging one or more mirrors in strategic places around the room. Apartment Therapy, for example, recommends placing a mirror “on a wall adjacent to a window or opposite a window,” to reflect its light and bring in some welcome views.
In addition to mirrors, decorating with mirrored accents and reflective pieces – such as chrome furniture, metallic picture frames, or shiny ceramics – can help maximize the amount of light in your space. Regularly clean these reflective surfaces with your favorite cleanser and a clean cloth, to keep them gleaming day in and day out.
Add Clear Glass Accents – and Keep Them Free of Dust and Streaks
While heavy, opaque furniture can stop natural light in its tracks, glass tabletops and accent pieces can allow more light to filter into your entire space. Be sure to regularly clean your glass surfaces and decorative items, using your preferred cleaning solution and a clean cloth.
In addition, try to be strategic about organization. The less clutter you have taking up space on your tables and shelves, the more natural light you can enjoy in your space. Check out this post for some fun and easy storage and decluttering strategies you can try out at any time.
Keep Your Walls and Backsplashes Looking Their Best
When it comes to maximizing the amount of natural light in a space, color and texture can make a world of difference. This is particularly true when it comes to your walls.
For painted walls, The Spruce recommends using a slightly glossier style of paint, which can reflect more light throughout your entire space. Similarly, for bathrooms and kitchens, The Spruce encourages using “glass or highly reflective tiles,” which can “reflect close to 100 percent of the light that hits them,” making your room feel lighter and brighter.
Once you’ve got your reflective material on your wall, be on the lookout for scuff marks, scratches, and stains. You can remove many types of stains from painted walls with a bit of gentle dish soap, water, and a clean cloth or sponge. For more resilient walls, a heavy duty tool such as a Magic Eraser may be able to help. For tile walls and backsplashes, your favorite glass cleanser should do the trick.
We’re Your Chicago Clean Home Experts
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With a professionally trained and uniformed staff, all of our cleanings are fully customizable to meet your unique needs. We are bonded and insured, and our teams will bring all of the cleaning supplies and equipment needed to clean your home, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning products.
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