It’s not an easy task to clean a crystal chandelier. Since it’s a very hard work which requires the devotion of much attention this process is very often put off till the very end of thorough cleaning. Nevertheless you’ll have to do it and you can be sure you’ll be proud of the result.
What you need:
- Cloth gloves
- A couple of cotton cloths
- 1 cup Vinegar
- 3 cups Warm water
- Spray bottle
- 2 plastic colanders or 2 bath towels
Turn the light and then a circuit breaker off to disconnect the chandelier from electricity.
While the bulbs are cooling, free the working zone. Move the furniture and fragile objects away, spread a thick blanket on the floor under the chandelier (should you drop something, the blanket will soften the fall and hopefully keep the piece from breaking).
Prepare bath towels or colanders: one for dirty crystals, and one for clean ones.
Before taking your chandelier to pieces, inspect it or even better – take some pictures from a few different sides, so that you know how to assemble everything back together properly.
Remove the bulbs from the chandelier and put them some place away to avoid unnecessary damage. If it’s possible, unhook the entire chandelier from the ceiling and gently place it down on the blanket.
Note: you may need a screwdriver to unscrew the arms of the chandelier from its center part.
Spray a cotton cloth (not your chandelier) with a solution of 1 part vinegar, 3 parts warm water and wipe down the spindle and arms of the chandelier. Buff dry with another cotton cloth.
Note: if you want your chandelier really sparky and shiny you may clean it with the detergent.
Starting from the top and working your way to the bottom carefully take the crystals down from the first section of the chandelier and place them on the first towel. Wash each crystal individually in soapy water, rinse in hot water, wipe dry and place them all on the second towel. Hang the crystals back according to your reference photo and continue with the next sections of the chandelier.
Wipe and buff the frame. Clean metal links only with a dry glove. Cleaning solutions can strip the finish and you can accidentally damage the wiring. Let it dry completely.
Once you’re done with the frame, wipe down the light bulbs with a slightly damp cloth or replace them.
Reassemble your chandelier (if you haven’t already) using the photos. Try not to twist it too much, since it can loosen it from the ceiling.
Note: reconnecting the lamp to the power supply is a job best left to an electrician if you have gone so far as to disconnect wires.
Turn the light on, step back and try not to get blinded by your chandelier’s crystal clean shine!