1. Identify How Your Chandelier Should be Handled
The type, size, and age of your chandelier will affect the steps you will have to take to care for it. If you have an antique or a crystal chandelier, for example, then you will need to take more precautions than if you have a newer or mass produced chandelier. Check out advice from your chandeliers manufacturer for tips on how you should care for your chandelier and how often. You can find a lot of useful tips online as well.
2. Dismantle and Clean
It is possible to clean a chandelier with just a dry cloth to avoid risk from the electrical components, but it isnt as effective and can actually take longer sometimes. A better method is to take your chandelier apart and hand clean it piece by piece. It is a little time consuming but doing it every few months or whenever you have an important event coming up will be enough. Doityourself.com suggests every two to six months, depending on the conditions in the room the chandelier is hanging. Howtocleanstuff has a full tutorial for how to do this. Essentially, you need to:
- Carefully take the chandelier down.
- Lay out each individual piece on a blanket.
- Wash each piece with hot water and a little detergent.
- Rinse, dry, polish, and then put the chandelier back together again.
Take special care with crystals or other delicate components and be wary of electrical parts. Scheduling time to do this however often your chandelier needs it will keep it looking nice at all times.
3. Dust Weekly
When you are doing your daily or weekly cleaning, it can be easy to forget about your light fixtures which is how dust and grime can build up on them so easily, often without you noticing. Not only does this make it harder when it does come time to give them a thorough cleaning, it can be troublesome for people with asthma or allergies. Instead, dont forget to run your chandelier over with a duster at least once a week and get as much dust as you are able to. It wont always be possible to get your chandelier completely clean this way, but it will make things easier when you do your thorough cleaning as described above.
4. Hire a Professional
If dismantling and cleaning your chandelier seems too difficult or too much for you to do alone, consider hiring a professional cleaning company which specializes in chandeliers. Not only will the professional cleaners be able to take apart and reassemble your chandelier safely, they will also be able to give it that extra sparkle. It is a big job so if you dont have the time or skills, a professional pays for themselves. Check out cleaning companies in your area which can help you and schedule a visit every few months or so.
5. Regular Maintenance
Cleaning is only one aspect of keeping your chandelier looking good. You also need to make sure it is working properly and being held together. Again, you can either pick this up yourself by looking for some online guides or YouTube videos or hire a professional who knows how to maintain chandeliers. If you have an antique or a particularly large chandelier then this will be even more important. There are companies which specialize in restoring antique chandeliers which have lost their shine. Even smaller modern chandeliers will need some maintenance every once in a while to keep them functional. Many companies will be able to clean and fix up your chandelier on the same visit, saving you both time and money. Dont forget to clean and change the lightbulbs regularly as well.
Taking care of your chandelier can seem like a daunting task at first, but it is well worth it when you see how shiny and nice looking your chandelier will become. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, making regular chandelier cleaning, maintenance, and restoration a part of your cleaning regime along with weekly dusting will ensure your chandelier will always impress and make your home look good.