Lighting Tips

How to Clean a Chandelier

Clean Chandelier

There is no doubt that chandeliers are beautiful and intricate, and it is obvious that if you want them to be beautiful all the time, you should clean them. The work will be rewarded; as the result will be absolutely stunning. Here’s what you do.

Dry Method

If you are afraid of moisture ingress on the electrical components of the chandelier while cleaning, you may polish the components without using liquids.

What you will need:

  • Ladder
  • A minimum of two microfiber cloths
  • Windex or other glass cleaner

The cleaning process:

  1. Make sure the light is off and the bulbs are cool before you get started.
  2. Set the ladder up so that it is sturdy. Be sure that it is high enough to comfortably reach the chandelier.
  3. Start at the top and work your way around the fixture, moving from top to bottom and from the inside out.
  4. Spray Windex on one cloth and wipe each piece of glass with it.
  5. Use the second cloth to polish the cleaned glass.
  6. Clean or replace microfiber cloths when they become dirty.

Wet Method

This method is much faster, but it acquires some time for the preparations before cleaning.

What you will need:

  • Ladder
  • Plastic sandwich bags
  • Rubber bands
  • Chandelier Cleaner
  • Plastic sheeting or tarp

The Cleaning Process:

  1. Make sure light bulbs are off and cool before beginning.
  2. Spread the tarp or sheeting under the chandelier to capture drips.
  3. Set the ladder up so that it is stable.
  4. Climb the ladder and secure a plastic bag over individual light bulbs by tightly wrapping a rubber band around the fixture beneath each bulb.
  5. Spray the entire fixture with Chandelier Cleaner, making sure to thoroughly wet the chandelier from every angle.
  6. Allow the chandelier to drip dry.
  7. Carefully remove the tarp.

Piece by Piece

For the most thorough cleaning you take the chandelier apart and wash it piece by piece.

What you will need:

  • Ladder
  • Thick blanket
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Digital camera (recommended)
  • Mild dish detergent
  • Very hot water
  • Plastic colander
  • Lint free cloth

The cleaning process:

  1. Do not start working until the lights are off and the bulbs are cool.
  2. Set up the ladder in a stable position.
  3. Put a thick or folded blanket under the fixture to catch and cushion any pieces that you may drop.
  4. Before you begin to disassemble the chandelier, it is highly recommended that you take pictures of it from several angles in case there are any questions about how to put it back together. If that isn’t possible, use the pencil and paper to sketch the major design details out to serve as a reminder.
  5. Remove pieces one by one, laying them out carefully on the blanket.
  6. Once all of the pieces are down, transfer a few to the plastic colander.
  7. Rinse them under very hot water.
  8. Use a very small amount of mild detergent over the pieces.
  9. Continue to rinse until all soap reside has washed off.
  10. Lay the pieces out on the lint free cloth to let dry.
  11. Continue until all of the components have been washed.
  12. Allow to air dry, or polish with a lint free cloth.
  13. Reassemble the chandelier.

Additional tips

If it is possible, check the manufacturer’s website for the specific product that you are cleaning.

Vinegar will work in the place of dish detergent, but it is not recommended to allow it to contact with metal or brass pieces of your fixture.

Clean metal elements with a special cleaner or polish made for the type of metal that you have.

For best results and to make work easier, dust before washing.

When you put a chandelier back together, work from the inside out with the center pieces going back together first.

Don’t forget to dust the bulbs when you are finished!

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