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TRICKS OF THE TRADE - CLEANING A CRYSTAL CHANDELIER

25 / Mar 2013

Home Lighting Tips

How to Clean a Crystal Chandelier...

If you have a chandelier gathering dust, how do you clean it and do you need specialist help?

  • Chandelier cleaning is simple, but time consuming and rather a fiddle.
  • Chandelier cleaning is even simpler and much less time consuming if you do it regularly (Dust often and clean every 12-18 months).  20 years of grime is hard work to remove!
  • If your chandelier is not earthed, it should be!  Rewiring is not simple. It’s not a job to do yourself unless you are qualified.

What you will need:

  • Small vacuum cleaner dusting tool (small enough to slip through the strings)
  • Fine latex gloves
  • Cotton gloves
  • Good quality glass cleaning liquid

So if you’re confident it’s just a simple clean you’re after, read on:

DISCONNECT THE ELECTRICAL SUPPLY BEFORE YOU BEGIN:

  1. With the small dusting tool on a vacuum cleaner (small enough to slip through the strings) remove as much dust as possible.
  2. Wearing the fine latex gloves, start from the top of the chandelier and work around from top to bottom, gently rubbing each crystal with the cleaner.

    TAKE CARE: IF WIRED TO THE CEILING DO NOT TWIST THE CHANDELIER OR PUT PRESSURE ON THE FLEX (E.G BY PULLING THE CHANDELIER.)  THIS COULD DAMAGE THE ELECTRICAL INSULATION AND MAKE THE CHANDELIER DANGEROUS.
  3. Wearing the cotton gloves which will not catch so readily on the wires, polish the crystals to remove any smears.