Maintaining Crystal Chandeliers: Handy Tips from Manufacturers
3. Preparation is key
Cleaning a crystal chandelier can be quite a laborious and time-consuming task. However, you can speed it up by taking the following steps. Before you take the chandelier down, you should cover the furniture in the room with a protective sheet and place some old newspapers on the floor to make the clean-up process faster. In addition, to prevent accidents, remember to remove any breakables from the room.
Top tip: If you draw the design of your chandelier on a sheet of paper or take a number of photographs from different angles, it will be easier to put the chandelier back together once the maintenance work is complete.
4. Clean your chandelier
Before starting the cleaning process, make sure you dismantle your chandelier very carefully. Then decide what cleaning method will work best for your fixture. There are two ways to bring back the sparkle to your chandelier, and which one you choose depends on how dusty or dirty the light has become.
The traditional cleaning method involves soaking the crystals in a mixture of warm water and white vinegar. This will allow you to quickly remove any sticky or oily dirt, which will be extremely helpful if you haven’t cleaned your chandelier for a long time. However, one disadvantage is that this method can result in your chandelier having a slight smell of vinegar. If you do not want this to happen, a good alternative is to use modern crystal cleansers.
Remember: Some cleansers may contain harsh chemicals that can cause discolouration, particularly on antique chandelier frames. To avoid using harsh chemicals, use compressed air dusters to blow the dirt away before wiping down the chandelier with your preferred cleaning solution.
The dry method is suitable for regular maintenance, and of course, there will also be a reduced risk of accidentally spilling water on the chandelier’s electrical components. You can use a soft cloth such as a microfibre cloth or a cleaning brush with soft bristles to remove dirt and grime from the crystals. Remember to wipe down the chandelier’s main body, as it will result in a better-quality finish.
Consider a professional cleaning service
Cleaning a crystal chandelier is a major task, and it can be even more challenging if the fixture is large or has an intricate design. If you think the maintenance would be too much to handle on your own, our chandelier lighting manufacturers recommend enlisting the services of a professional cleaning company that specialises in chandeliers.
Professional cleaners can give your chandelier that extra shine and sparkle. Furthermore, they can dismantle, reassemble and reinstall the chandelier safely and without any complications. As an added bonus, they will also be able to offer you some expert advice and may even arrange to visit you on a regular basis.