If you want to create a grandiose space then a chandelier will be a welcome addition. Like mirrors, they can open up a space and make it look bigger by bouncing light around the room. A dirty chandelier however, is less effective and something that the queen of cleanliness, Kim Woodburn would not approve of! Glass light fittings and furniture collect a lot of dust and can be awkward to clean, but with these nifty tips from Kim you can get your chandelier sparkling like a disco-ball.
How to clean a chandelier
There are a couple of methods to choose from, depending on how dirty your chandelier is (or how lazy you’re feeling).
The drip clean method (a little messy but effective)
- Before you start, turn off the power to the light fitting and make sure the bulbs have cooled down before you start cleaning
- Cover the bulbs with sandwich bags, securing them with elastic bands to stop any of the cleaning solution getting into the electrical fittings
- Place newspaper or old bath towels underneath the light to catch the run-off solution
- Crystal marks easily so it’s best to avoid using tap water if you want to achieve a crystal clear finish. Instead, mix together three parts warm distilled water and one part isopropyl alcohol or ammonia, then pour the mixture into a spray bottle — you can get the isopropyl alcohol from a pharmacy
- Spray the chandelier with the formula, making sure you cover all of the crystals in the spray solution and allow it to run and drip off the chandelier
- Repeat if necessary
Alternatively, if you have a really dirty chandelier it’s going to need a bit more TLC and you’ll probably want to dismantle it to clean it piece-by-piece.
The piece-by-piece method (worth the effort!)
- Turn off the power and let the bulbs cool down before you start
- Place a soft blanket under the chandelier to cushion any pieces that fall on the floor (to avoid damaging any of the crystals)
- Before you dismantle the chandelier take photos of it from multiple angles so you remember how to put it back together!
- Remove the crystal pieces one-by-one and place in a plastic colander, a few at a time
- Rinse the crystals with very hot water mixed with a small amount of detergent
- Rinse the crystals with cold distilled water to remove any detergent
- Repeat steps 4-6 until you have cleaned all of the crystals
- Using cotton gloves or a soft lint-free cloth that doesn’t shed (to prevent getting finger marks on the crystals), reattach the individual pieces to the chandelier. Work from the inside out when reassembling the chandelier
- If you really want your chandelier to sparkle, once the crystals are clean, add a few drops of ammonia to two cups of water and either brush the solution on to the crystals or use a soft cloth, then rinse with distilled water
Use a feather duster to remove any surface dust from your chandelier once a week and you’ll only need to give it a deep clean once a year.
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