During Diwali, many of us enjoy celebrating by brightening up our homes with beautiful Diwali decorations; in fact, we often carefully pack up our favourite ornaments once it’s all over for reuse next year. But how do we ensure our decorations will stay looking clean and bright year after year? One of the best Diwali tips we can give you is to always clean your decorations thoroughly before putting them back in storage, so that they look great when you next come to use them. The question is: what’s the best way of cleaning Diwali ornaments?
The best methods, and the best cleaning products, really depend upon the type of decorations you have. However, something all Diwali ornaments tend to have in common is that they are related to light and brightness. This is why it’s so important that we make Diwali preparations at home a priority at this time of year – any dirt or grime is sure to give our lights a dark and dull look, when really they should be shining bright.
Cleaning Preparations for Diwali
If you’re looking for some handy cleaning tips for Diwali, then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a list of some of the most popular decorations, and the best ways to clean them:
No list of Diwali preparations tips would be complete without mentioning candles! While you may not think that these need cleaning, a close look at candles often reveals that they’re actually quite dirty and dusty, especially if you’ve been keeping them in storage for a while. Dirty candles can even cause an unwelcome odour when you light them as all that dust begins to burn, which isn’t very festive.
Cleaning candles is easy. If dust is the only problem, a quick wipe with a cloth will have this sorted in seconds. However, if your candles are actually dirty, wipe them with a small amount of rubbing alcohol, rubbing just up until the colour of the candle starts to show on your cloth. Of course alcohol and flames don’t mix well, so use a clean cloth to dry your candle, and leave it in the open air overnight to dry completely before using. If any dirt remains, you can use a spoon to very gently scrape off a small amount of the wax, but be careful not to dig too deep.
Glass Candle Holders
Small glass dishes make perfect holders for little tea light candles, and can be placed on your dinner table to brighten up your Diwali family meal. Unfortunately, if the glass becomes dusty and dirty, you may not get the glow and ambiance you’re hoping for. Fortunately, cleaning glass candle holders is simple.
If you remove the tea lights from their glass holders, you can then wash the holders as you would a regular drinking glass – with warm water and your dishwashing liquid. If there is any waxy residue from previous candles, you can gently scrape this from the glass using a spoon. You should find that a dishwashing liquid like Vim is great at cutting through the oils in the wax to remove stains. For the ultimate in crystal clear glassware, rinse your glass holder with a solution of white vinegar and water and buff with a clean, dry cloth to remove watermarks and smears.