Terminology Tuesday (Tricks of the Trade): Cleaning Light Fixtures

(Note: I think it’s important to know the terminology and words used when learning any new business including mobile home investing. I came up with ‘Terminology Tuesday’ as a way to go over the terminology used in the mobile home business. It’s important to know the terminology when talking to people in the business so you’re all on the same page).

**** Tricks of the Trade is a new series I have started that will be included with“Terminology Tuesday” posts. The goal of this series is to share with you the “tricks of the trade” I have learned in the mobile home business.

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Every time I get a home ready on the market, one of the things I make sure that gets done is cleaning and dusting the light fixtures. Though it seems like a tedious task, it is a detail that can be noticed. I’ve learned through experience that we tend to notice little details when going through other homes rather than our own. So, I’ve decided to share the process with you step by step.

Before I go into the details, here are a few supply items that I start with:

For each light fixture, I remove each one using a screwdriver (if I need to) placing it in a separate pile to be cleaned. Then, using the duster I dust around it making sure to remove all the debris and dirt.

Here’s a pic of a typical light fixture:

Now, I will remove the light fixture as shown:

(Note: For this light fixture, all I have to do is twist off the knob at the bottom to remove it.)

Then, I remove the light fixture and place it in a pile to be cleaned. Here is what the light fixture looks like on the other side (yuck!):

(Note: Most homeowners will never do this through the entire time they own the home. So yes, the light fixtures may be a bit dirty!)

Next, dust around the area where the light fixture was once placed. Be prepared to see a lot of dust in this area. Here’s what it may look like:

Upon closer inspection, you’ll notice the dirt and debris here:

(Note: This is the area where you want to make sure to dust really well.)

Repeat the same steps for each of the light fixtures in the home. Then place them with the other light fixtures to be cleaned.

Once I have removed the light fixtures and have dusted around in the areas, then I clean each light fixture with soap and water as shown here:

Then, I place them on towels to dry:

Once they are all dry, then they are ready to be put back into place!

I hope this “Terminology Tuesday” post has been helpful and has given you some useful information – it definitely has for me.

Happy investing!

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3 comments


  1. Marilyn Arnold

    I have the exact same fixture in the MH I live in. Could they have thought of anything uglier?! I do wash mine from time to time, and occasionally they fall into pieces just from being touched! My home is a ’99 model.

    • Oh lol Marilyn, I hear you on the light fixtures!!

      It’s funny as I can pretty much recognize the original ones from the new ones (if installed by homeowners). Though, I do notice the majority of homeowners don’t really take the time to replace them much less touch them or wash them. Nice to hear your feedback, thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. Been there, done that as far as light fixtures go. Maybe I have been lucky, but I have seen these fixtures in 30 year old mobiles that are still in good shape except for needing cleaning.