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How To Care For Your Crystal Chandelier

Crystal chandeliers have become very popular in the recent years because they’re versatile. They can add a touch of class and elegance to any room, regardless of its design and theme. Good quality, designer crystal chandeliers also add to the overall value of your home and have good resale value, especially if they’re well maintained.

However, maintaining chandeliers can be tricky as they’re quite delicate. If you clean and care for your crystal chandelier regularly, you can preserve its beauty and quality for decades. Here are some tips that can help you keep the chandeliers in good condition:

1. How often do you need to clean the chandelier?

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  • Once a week or more often - You can do surface cleaning and dusting once a week or more often if you need to. It’s never a good idea to let dust and debris accumulates on the chandelier crystals and arms because that can lead to corrosion. This cleaning is easy and doesn’t require a lot of time; all it needs is 10 to 15 minutes of your time to remove the layer of dust. Weekly cleaning ensures the dust doesn’t have time to settle on and adhere to the chandelier arms and crystals.
  • Once every three to six months - Deep and thorough cleaning should be done every few months, especially if you live in a dusty and windy area. While regular dusting will remove most of the dirt and debris from the chandelier, some of it may remain on it and dull its appearance. Thorough cleaning will help avoid that and preserve the quality of the chandelier as well.
  • Annually – If you don’t live in a dusty region and simply clean the surface twice a week, you can put off deep cleaning for some time. However, it’s vital to perform a deep clean at least once each year to keep your chandelier in a good condition.

2. What cleaning solution should you use?

You won’t need any specialised crystal chandelier cleaning solutions because DIY solutions work just as well. Here are some cleaners you can use:

  • Mild and non-abrasive soap mixed in with hot water.
  • One part of rubbing alcohol mixed with three parts distilled water.
  • Non-abrasive glass cleaning solutions that are suitable for crystal chandeliers.

Do not use vinegar-based cleaning solutions on the glass; however, you can use them on the chandelier arms. You shouldn’t use car polishing solutions for cleaning and buffing the crystals as they contain tiny abrasive particles in them and can damage the crystals.

3. Preparation

Follow these steps before you attempt to clean the chandelier with one of the cleaning methods mentioned below:

  • Switch off the lights and let all the bulbs in the chandelier cool down for 10 to 15 minutes. Hot bulbs can cause minor burns and injuries if you’re not careful while cleaning the fixture.
  • You can prepare the cleaning area while the bulbs cool by placing a large sheet on the floor and over any nearby furniture to protect them from falling dust.
  • A thick blanket on the floor will also absorb impact and help prevent damage if any crystals fall to the ground during the cleaning process.
  • Use a ladder of sufficient height so you can reach all sections of the chandelier without problems. If you have to raise your arms or stretch too far, you might strain your body or even fall off the ladder. If you can’t find a ladder that gives you a comfortable reach, hire a professional to do the job for you instead of taking the risk.

Wear an apron with pockets or a utility belt that contains all of your cleaning supplies so you don’t have to climb up and down the ladder repeatedly.

4. Different cleaning methods

  • Dusting - Regular dusting doesn’t require much effort or time. You just need a large duster to remove all the visible layers of dust, cobwebs, and any debris you can find. Make sure you run the duster over all parts of the chandelier, including the fixture’s arms and under the crystals. Sometimes people don’t dust under the crystals and allow dust to accumulate on the light bulbs. That can cause the chandelier to become dull and dim over time.
  • Cleaning with the crystals on – You should take the steps mentioned below for deep cleaning with the crystals on:
    - First dust the surface to remove all excess layers of dirt and debris.
    -  Soak the cloth in a cleaning solution and clean the arms of the chandelier first.
    - Discard the dirty cleaning water after you’ve cleaned the arms and use a fresh cleaning mixture for the other sections.
    - Soak the cleaning rag in the solution and clean the crystals and the bulbs. Make sure you don’t let the water enter the bulb socket.
  • Cleaning without the crystals on – You can use a special pry tool that comes with the chandelier to remove all the crystals. You can then wash these crystals in a solution of mild soap and hot water. After the crystals are clean, wipe down the arms and the bulbs of the chandelier before you reinstall the crystals.

Chandelier-Jan-blog-pic-2Do you need professional cleaners?

Cleaning and caring for your crystal chandeliers will require some time and effort and you can’t rush through it. If you’re pressed for time, it’s a good idea to hire professional cleaners instead of handling the cleaning yourself. Cleaning chandeliers also requires quite a bit of physical effort so it’s advisable to hire a professional if you are injured or have limited physical mobility. Many chandelier cleaning service providers offer regular maintenance contracts at reasonable rates so you can be certain your chandelier will always be in a good condition.

Properly maintained chandeliers will last for decades and add elegance to your home. The cleaning and maintenance tips mentioned above will help you keep your chandelier in good condition and ensure you won’t need to replace it before its time.