There are few things more beautiful in a home than a fine, crystal chandelier that produces an elegant reflected light display.
If you’ve spent thousands of dollars on a fancy, authentic crystal chandelier, it’s important to take care of it.
If you have a less expensive chandelier, cleaning it as though it were an expensive heirloom can make it look so beautiful and elegant that few would be able to distinguish it from a much more expensive model.
Careful Chandelier Cleaning
The most important thing to remember when you are cleaning your chandelier is to be careful!
The crystals can easily be scratched or otherwise damaged.
The chandelier frame can also be ruined if you aren’t careful. Of course, you should also be sure to turn the light off before you remove light bulbs and crystals.
Here are some basic chandelier cleaning guidelines :
Always use soft, cotton cloths. Paper towels and disposable dusting cloths can scratch the crystal.
If you are clumsy or easily get dizzy, invest in inexpensive, collapsible scaffolding. It’s safer than a ladder and doesn’t take up much storage space in your garage or shed.
How Often to Clean Your Chandelier
Generally, you should clean your chandelier every six months. If your chandelier is very near the kitchen, it can get greasy and will need to be cleaned more often.
If your home is new, your house probably collects more dust than older homes and your chandelier may need cleaning four times a year or more.
Entryway chandeliers near outside doors tend to need more frequent cleaning as well. If your chandelier doesn’t reflect light as well or the crystals appear dusty, milky, or spotted, it’s time to clean it.
Step by Step : Chandelier Cleaning
Set up alternative lighting nearby (since you won't be able to use the chandelier for lighting while you're cleaning it).
Turn off the chandelier's power at the wall switch. Place a piece of tape over the wall switch so that no one can accidentally turn it on while you're working.
Cover any upward-pointing bulbs with sandwich bags. Secure the bags with rubber bands.
Place a drop cloth below the chandelier.
Mix a solution of one part isopropyl alcohol or ammonia in three parts distilled water. Or, if you don't want to mix your own cleaner, buy a special chandelier cleaner from a lighting retailer. Put some solution in a spray bottle.
Spray every part of the fixture with the cleanser, avoiding wires and other electrical components.
Allow the crystals to drip-dry. If your chandelier is too dirty for this drip-cleaning method, you'll have to hand-wash each individual crystal with the cleaning solution.
Remove the plastic bags from the lights once the crystals have dried, and wipe down light wells and other noncrystal parts with a soft cloth dipped in the cleanser.
Allow the entire fixture to dry overnight before turning its power back on about 24-48 hours