Chandeliers are one of the most decorative interior design
fixtures and they make a great focal point for any room.
Over time, chandeliers begin to attract dust and you can
soon find your beloved chandelier completely covered.
To keep a chandelier are its sparkling best and brightest,
it’s a good idea to give it a thorough clean regularly.
With the help of these 10 nifty steps, you can guarantee
that your chandelier will shine bright like a disco-ball.
10 Steps to Clean a Chandelier
Cut the Power
Before beginning to clean, it’s important to first consider
your safety. First, we strongly recommend turning off the power to the
chandelier that you are going to clean.
Electrical wires flow throughout the arms of the chandelier
which are attached to a central main in the centre of the chandelier. Whilst
connected to this main, chandeliers pose a serious health and safety risk so it
is advised that the power to these fixtures are switched off.
We also recommend not cleaning your chandelier straight
after turning off the power. Some chandeliers may have been left on for hours
and throughout this time, the bulbs may have built-up large amounts of heat. We
advise allowing a cool-down period of your chandeliers bulbs before beginning
to clean to avoid burning yourself.
‘Cushion’ the Chandelier
Even the most cautious and attentive individuals are clumsy
from time to time. We advise placing a soft blanket or pillow beneath your
chandelier before you begin to dismantle any pieces.
Having a soft surface below your chandelier will act as a safety
net and will cushion any pieces that may accidentally fall to the floor when
disassembling your chandelier. The soft surface will prevent any pieces of your
chandelier from breaking or being damaged if the unfortunate happens.
Don’t Forget the Photos
Images are important, without them you rely heavily on your
own instinct and knowledge.
Before you begin getting carried away dismantling every
piece of the chandelier, grab the nearest camera and take photos of the
chandelier from multiple angles.
Having photos to use as a template when you get to the stage
of reassembling the chandelier will be very helpful!
Carefully Remove Pieces One-by-One
Now we have taken the necessary precautionary measures, it’s
time to begin the cleaning.
Carefully remove each individual piece and section of your
chandelier one-by-one. If you have a crystal chandelier, this process may take
longer but be sure to take care when removing each individual crystal.
Cautiously place each piece into a nearby container to avoid
losing any important sections.
Top Tip: If you
remove each individual piece of your chandelier, place them from left to right.
This will make the process of re-attaching everything back together much easier
as you know the order in which the pieces should be re-assembled.
Rinse With Hot Water Mix
First, mix a small bucket with some hot water and some
detergent. This mixture will be used to give each piece of the chandelier a
good clean to remove any dust or tough stains.
Take a small cloth and begin cleaning each individual piece
of the chandelier with the mixture. Be careful when handling fragile pieces of
the chandelier as certain cleaning motions and pressures of the cleaning could
break the chandelier.
Rinse With Cold Distilled Water
Once you have finished cleansing your chandelier with some
detergent and hot water, it’s time to rinse them off.
Fill another small bucket with some cold, distilled water.
The distilled water will be used to rinse off any excess detergent which has
been left behind on the pieces of your chandelier.
Rinse and Repeat
Possibly the most tedious step in your cleaning process, but
it is a necessary one.
You might find that when you first cleaned each individual
piece, there was some residue or excess dirt left over.
We advise repeating the cleaning process until you are
fully-satisfied with the cleanliness of each piece. You might have to regularly
replace the hot and cold water mixtures to ensure you are not cleaning each
piece with dirty liquid.
Sparkle It Up
To give your chandelier that extra sparkle, we recommend
adding a few drops of ammonia to a small bowl of distilled water.
The ammonia mixture that you create can be brushed carefully
onto each section of your chandelier using a small cloth. Once completed, completely
rinse off with distilled water to remove any excess ammonia.
Ammonia is commonly used in household cleaning supplies and
is frequently used to offer streak-free shine results.
Time to Dry
Once your individual pieces have been cleaned, it’s time to
let them dry.
Using a soft towel, you can carefully begin to pat down the
pieces of the chandelier.
Alternatively, you can take the longer approach and leave
the piece of chandelier out to dry naturally.
Re-Attach Individual Pieces
Now each piece of your chandelier is clean, it’s time to put
it all back together again.
Using the photos that you took earlier, you can begin to
slowly and carefully re-attach the chandelier to its original form.
To avoid getting the chandelier dirty again when you put the
chandelier back together, we recommend wearing some cotton gloves or using a
soft lint-free cloth. With the help of these fabrics, you can avoid getting and
fingerprints on your newly cleaned chandelier.
If you decided to use the method we suggested earlier of
placing the dismantled pieces of the chandelier from left to right, you can
begin re-constructing the chandelier from right to left.