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How to Clean Cloudy Solar Lights? ——7 Tools and 10 Steps

You'll be amazed at how quickly the solar panel on your solar outdoor lights can change colors and become white if you have any. It's also not charging your rechargeable battery well because the solar power can't pass through the panel. The sun's UV rays are causing oxidation.

how to clean solar light
The solar panel on the solar light can get white quicly

Weather conditions like rain, humidity, snow, and even hail can also negatively impact the lifespan of your solar lights. Your solar lights will look cloudy from the buildup of dirt and other debris. It can actually cause corrosion of the metal parts of the lights, as well as damage to the surface of the panels, which will result in lower power generation. This will reduce their brightness and run time.

It is important to clean the solar panels of the solar lights frequently
It is important to clean the solar panels of the solar lights frequently

It is important to clean the solar panels of the solar lights frequently. A solar panel system with a slope will receive rain showers naturally. However, a system with a flat surface will need to be cleaned more often.


We'll show you the tools and steps about how to clean your solar panel on the solar light.


7 Tools to Prepare Before Cleaning Solar Light Panels


1. Dish Soap and Mild Detergent

normal detegent can help to clean solar light
normal detegent can help to clean solar light

To loosen dirt on the solar panel, we use water. Then we can wipe it off. We will use normal dishwashing liquid to clean solar lights. This is because it is more effective than harsh chemicals that can damage the solar light's internal electronics.


2. Towel or dry cloth

dry towel is necessary for solar light cleaning
dry towel is necessary for solar light cleaning

It is crucial that you dry your solar panel and solar lights immediately after cleaning. This will help prevent any damage. To dry the solar lights completely after cleaning, you will need to use a towel or a dry cloth.


3. Spray bottle of water

A bottle spray help to wet the so light during cleaning
A bottle spray help to wet the so light during cleaning

This will come in handy when you have to get your sandpaper wet and wipe the solar panel.


4. Two types of sandpaper

Sandpaper can remove the dirt on solar panel
Sandpaper can remove the dirt on solar panel

It is possible that your solar panel on the solar lamp has accumulated dirt and debris over time. If this happens, it is hard to remove them by only using a sponge to clean it. You need to use two Grits of sandpaper with 400 or 2000 grits.


5. Isopropyl Alcohol

alcohol to clean solar light
alcohol to clean solar panel

Pure alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, is a colorless liquid that has a musty, sharp smell. It can be used to remove dirt oil, and it is quick to dry the solar panel so you can move on to the next stage.


6. A roll of painters' tape and cardboard