A chandelier can be the decorative focal point of any room. However, if it’s covered in dust and dirt, the effect can be severely lacking. With the crystal and fragility of these fixtures, it can be daunting to attempt to clean and shine your chandelier, even if it is necessary. We want to assure you that cleaning your lighting fixture is nothing to worry about. The Lighting One of Cincinnati team is here with some tips and tricks to make cleaning a chandelier easier and less stressful for you.
Deciding How to Clean Your Fixture
If you are at all familiar with cleaning a chandelier, you might know that there are two different methods of cleaning one; glass on and glass off. The glass on method means that to clean the chandelier you leave the fixture in one piece, rather than Glass on involves less effort, which potentially results in less effective cleaning. The glass off approach is, much like it sounds, removing the crystals and other pieces from the fixture and cleaning them individually. This will give you an opportunity to be more thorough, but is also more time-intensive and can be problematic when putting the fixture back together.
Know How The Piece is Built
It is not uncommon for chandeliers to have numerous removable pieces and decorative items. If you are planning on cleaning it using the glass off technique, you will almost certainly have to take the chandelier apart to give each section its due diligence. If that is the case, you need to ensure you know where every piece goes and how the chandelier is put together. When taking it apart, ensure that you lay the parts out in a way you will recall where they go when rebuilding. If you don’t want to take the time to try and remember or create a system to know what goes where, taking pictures of the chandelier prior to taking it apart will give you a reference once everything is done.
Cleaning the Crystals
It is important to remember a few things before you make the crystals on your chandelier sparkle again. First of all, ensure you are using a cloth or glove that is made of a soft material. You will also need two cloths to ensure the crystals are left streak free. For the cleaning mixture, there are several options if you do not have a bottle of glass or crystal cleaner. In a spray bottle, a mixture that is a quarter vinegar to three quarters distilled water is a favorite. Other options include replacing the vinegar with ammonia or isopropyl alcohol, still combining either with three parts distilled water. The distilled water is used due to the fact it will prevent streaks on the glass and crystal.
When cleaning the crystals, ensure that whatever mixture you use is sprayed onto your glove or cloth and used to wipe down the crystal, rather than directly onto the crystal itself. Then, clean the piece with the other dry cloth to eliminate streaks and see if you need to wipe the crystal with the wet cloth again. Using gloves helps to clean the pieces effectively and also eliminates the possibility of leaving fingerprints on a freshly wiped-down crystal.
Though it can be daunting at first, cleaning a chandelier is an easy chore, albeit time consuming. Lighting One of Cincinnati wants you to feel comfortable dealing with the lighting fixtures in your home. If you have any questions or are looking for an upgrade, give us a call or stop by the showroom and take a look at our fantastic selection today!