Chandeliers can be true works of art but a grimy or dusty chandelier doesn’t give off the grandeur and class that it was designed to exhibit. Chandeliers are supposed to be intricate and beautiful, which is one of the reasons why people consider cleaning it a daunting task. However, the hard work and effort of a thorough cleaning can yield great rewards, as the piece can be restored to its reflective, stunning self again. Moreover, proper and regular cleaning also ensures easy maintenance, optimum functionality, and pristine beauty for years to come.
Since chandeliers are expensive and delicate, they should be cleaned by professional hands. However, if you plan on cleaning it yourself, here we have shared a few do’s and don’ts to help you complete the job:
The Do’s of Chandelier Cleaning
- Check the Chandelier: Whether you are just dry dusting or wet cleaning your chandelier, you should first inspect it to ensure there aren’t any loose wires or broken pieces. If you are going to clean it piece by piece, it is a good idea to mark where each detachable piece belongs at the time of dissembling the chandelier. It can be extremely challenging to put every part back in the right place when assembling it back together. Not properly assembling the chandelier can affect its appearance and functionality as well.
- Place Padding Underneath: Use a thick mover’s pad or comforter under the chandelier when you start cleaning it. This enables you to protect the floor beneath the chandelier, and also prevents the bulbs or crystals from breaking it they fall while cleaning.
- Switch off the Lights: Make sure that light switches are off and circuit breakers are off that control the switch or outlet the powers the chandelier before you start with the cleaning process. This safety measure is recommended whenever you are working with electrical items.
- Hand Cleaning: Always clean your chandelier with your hands, mainly because of its delicate parts. If you are cleaning piece by piece, you may use a mild detergent to clean the crystals in lukewarm water. Rinse the pieces in clean water, and use a soft microfiber towel to gently clean each one of them. Wipe the chandelier’s light bulbs, arms, frame, and other non-crystal parts as well.
- Regular Cleaning: It is recommended to clean your chandelier at least twice a year to maintain its brilliance and sparkle.
The Don’ts of Chandelier Cleaning
- Do Not Climb on a ladder that is not designed to safely attain the height required for proper cleaning of the chandelier. Also, don’t reach to the chandelier from a high place as a fall could have devastating consequences.
- Avoid Direct Sunlight: When cleaning your chandelier piece by piece, don’t put it under direct sunlight. Cloudy and cool days are the most suitable for the task.
- Don’t Use Harsh Cleansers: The use of chemical-based cleaners, citrus orange cleaners, harsh soaps, or ammonia-based products can damage several delicate parts of your chandelier.
- Don’t Use Sprays: Spray solutions can affect the polishing and shine of your chandelier’s frame and cause corrosion. That is why it is recommended to never use off-the-shelve spray solutions.
If you want to get your chandelier professionally cleaned, you should look for a company that has extensive experience in cleaning high-end homes and luxury items. Contact Fine Décor Revival today at (224) 250-5611 to discuss your needs with our team.