Crystal chandeliers look beautiful with the soft light from the bulbs striking crystals and sending a glow throughout a room. Yet that glow can fade as dust collects on the chandelier. Here are some helpful tips on how to clean a glass chandelier.
Tip 1: Prepare by turning off the light and laying down a tarp. Don’t take the chance of someone turning on the light. Turn it completely off and place a tarp, old sheet or blanket on the floor to catch dust that falls from the chandelier.
Tip 2: Take pictures of the chandelier. The photos will help when putting the chandelier back together.
Tip 3: Remove the bulbs and unhook the chandelier if able. Some chandeliers can’t be disconnected from the ceiling as each dirty crystal will need to be removed for cleaning.
Tip 4: Wash crystals in soapy water and rinse them in hot water. Set them aside to dry. Work in sections and put back in the clean crystals before removing the next section of dirty ones.
Tip 5: Wipe off the frame. Use a damp soapy cloth or metal cleaner and carefully wipe down the entire frame. Buff the frame dry.
Tip 6: Hang the clean chandelier. It is ideal to have a second person help in taking down the chandelier and lifting it back up into place so it does not become dropped.
Many people will try standing on a ladder and cleaning the chandelier using a wet cotton glove. It can be very dangerous, as crystals can become dislodged or the person may knock the chandelier down. Instead, take it completely apart to ensure the entire chandelier gets clean. For people who plan to clean the chandelier while it is hanging, have additional help as each person can take one side of the chandelier to clean.