Chandeliers are one of the most decorative interior designfixtures and they make a great focal point for any room.Over time, chandeliers begin to attract dust and you cansoon 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 guaranteethat 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 consideryour safety. First, we strongly recommend turning off the power to thechandelier that you are going to clean.
Electrical wires flow throughout the arms of the chandelierwhich are attached to a central main in the centre of the chandelier. Whilstconnected to this main, chandeliers pose a serious health and safety risk so itis advised that the power to these fixtures are switched off. We also recommend not cleaning your chandelier straightafter turning off the power.
Some chandeliers may have been left on for hoursand throughout this time, the bulbs may have built-up large amounts of heat. Weadvise allowing a cool-down period of your chandeliers bulbs before beginningto clean to avoid burning yourself. ‘Cushion’ the Chandelier Even the most cautious and attentive individuals are clumsyfrom time to time.
We advise placing a soft blanket or pillow beneath yourchandelier before you begin to dismantle any pieces. Having a soft surface below your chandelier will act as a safetynet and will cushion any pieces that may accidentally fall to the floor whendisassembling your chandelier. The soft surface will prevent any pieces of yourchandelier from breaking or being damaged if the unfortunate happens. Don’t Forget the Photos Images are important, without them you rely heavily on yourown instinct and knowledge.Before you begin getting carried away dismantling everypiece of the chandelier, grab the nearest camera and take photos of thechandelier from multiple angles. Having photos to use as a template when you get to the stageof reassembling the chandelier will be very helpful! Carefully Remove Pieces One-by-One Now we have taken the necessary precautionary measures, it’stime to begin the cleaning. Carefully remove each individual piece and section of yourchandelier one-by-one. If you have a crystal chandelier, this process may takelonger but be sure to take care when removing each individual crystal.
Cautiously place each piece into a nearby container to avoidlosing any important sections. Top Tip: If youremove each individual piece of your chandelier, place them from left to right.This will make the process of re-attaching everything back together much easieras 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 somedetergent. This mixture will be used to give each piece of the chandelier agood clean to remove any dust or tough stains.
Take a small cloth and begin cleaning each individual pieceof the chandelier with the mixture. Be careful when handling fragile pieces ofthe chandelier as certain cleaning motions and pressures of the cleaning couldbreak the chandelier. Rinse With Cold Distilled Water Once you have finished cleansing your chandelier with somedetergent 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 hasbeen left behind on the pieces of your chandelier. Rinse and Repeat Possibly the most tedious step in your cleaning process, butit is a necessary one. You might find that when you first cleaned each individualpiece, there was some residue or excess dirt left over. We advise repeating the cleaning process until you arefully-satisfied with the cleanliness of each piece. You might have to regularlyreplace the hot and cold water mixtures to ensure you are not cleaning eachpiece with dirty liquid.
Sparkle It Up To give your chandelier that extra sparkle, we recommendadding a few drops of ammonia to a small bowl of distilled water. The ammonia mixture that you create can be brushed carefullyonto each section of your chandelier using a small cloth. Once completed, completelyrinse off with distilled water to remove any excess ammonia. Ammonia is commonly used in household cleaning supplies andis frequently used to offer streak-free shine results.
Time to Dry Once your individual pieces have been cleaned, it’s time tolet them dry.Using a soft towel, you can carefully begin to pat down thepieces of the chandelier. Alternatively, you can take the longer approach and leavethe piece of chandelier out to dry naturally. Re-Attach Individual Pieces Now each piece of your chandelier is clean, it’s time to putit all back together again. Using the photos that you took earlier, you can begin toslowly and carefully re-attach the chandelier to its original form. To avoid getting the chandelier dirty again when you put thechandelier back together, we recommend wearing some cotton gloves or using asoft lint-free cloth.
With the help of these fabrics, you can avoid getting andfingerprints on your newly cleaned chandelier. If you decided to use the method we suggested earlier ofplacing the dismantled pieces of the chandelier from left to right, you canbegin re-constructing the chandelier from right to left.