by April Reinhardt
(last updated April 15, 2019)
Periodically, you may need to clean your light switches and outlet covers. While you can spray Windex on a paper towel and swipe at your light switch face plates, you should never wet an electrical outlet surface. Instead, remove the light switch plates and outlet covers safely, and then clean them. Follow these steps to safely remove your outlet covers and light switch plates:
Light switch and outlet covers are very inexpensive. Replace them if you discover that you have cracked or stained covers. If you have difficulty removing a light switch or outlet cover because they have been painted to the wall, pry them off with a screwdriver or a putty knife after disconnecting the circuit from the electricity.
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