Chandeliers can make an amazing statement piece in a room and always have historically. But if you don’t keep a chandelier clean, it can never dazzle with the sparkle and brilliance that it is intended to have.
And sure– cleaning a chandelier can seem like a big chore. Cleaning something so delicate and so high off the ground can present its own challenges. But having a beautiful looking centerpiece to a room in your home can be worth the hassle and more.
If you’re unsure of how to clean a chandelier, we’ll walk you through the easy steps so that you can keep it looking just like new. Likewise, check out our chandelier installation tips if you need some guidance and setting up a chandelier.
Things To Do Before You Clean
Chandelier cleaning can be an easy task as long as you remember to plan ahead.
Many chandeliers have complex hanging patterns for the many accents, and you should make sure to take note of these and how they go together before beginning to clean. This will save you a load of work and headache later on.
Snapshots on your phone can be a great quick way to keep track of how things went together.
The supplies you need to gather are pretty simple: a step ladder, and some pads or a drop cloth underneath to catch any glass that might accidentally fall. You should wear gloves when cleaning to avoid leaving evidence of fingerprints.
Last but not least, be sure to be safe! If your chandelier is connected to electrical outputs, its imperative that you turn off the wall switch power before cleaning. Remember to have another light source ready so that you can see what you’re doing!
How To Clean A Chandelier
Depending on how thorough you want to be, you can clean a chandelier either by removing each glass piece separately or keeping them all on the frame. It goes without saying that removing each piece can be time-consuming, but will result in the most thorough clean.
If you plan to keep the glass on the frame, prepare a cleaning solution and spray a small amount on a linen glove or cloth. Wipe the crystal glass with the sprayed surface and then immediately dry it with another glove or cloth. Work slowly and carefully through each piece.
Your cleaning solution should avoid ammonia-based cleaners, as these can take the finish off gold or silver hooks and metals.
If you do choose to take each individual piece off, you could still clean them in the method described above. You could also try hand-washing the glass in lukewarm and sudsy water. If you do so, you should then immediately use clean water and dry the glass with a clean cloth.
Dusting the chandelier frequently can extend the time needed between major cleans, and is highly recommended.
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A clean and beautiful chandelier can be the crown jewel of an elegant home or an eye-catching attraction around town. Now that you know how to clean a chandelier, you can keep your own looking stately and pristine.
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