Vinegar and water solution and stepladder are the two elements most needed to clean chandeliers without taking it down.
Having a crystal chandelier can enhance the elegance of the room. With various designs and colors, crystal chandeliers can give your house a distinctive character and a feel of luxury.
However, many people think that chandeliers are very hard to maintain. Imagine walking inside your house and be greeted with a washed-out chandelier, full of dust and spider webs.
It will be the first thing that your guests will notice when they step foot inside your living room. Not a feel of luxury, they will think that your house is haunted instead.
It is understandable if you think that cleaning crystal chandeliers is a pain.
There is a lot of processes involved in keeping your chandelier spotless. Usually, you need to take it down first, disassemble it, wash every piece of crystal thoroughly, dry them out, reassemble it, and hang it back. If you’re someone who always needs to be ready and go, this is a process that is almost impossible to do.
However, there are simpler ways on how to clean a chandelier without taking it down and breaking a sweat.
Prepare the tools needed to clean the crystal chandelier
The first step that you need to do is gathering the tools for the cleaning process.
You will need gloves (preferably cotton), cloths, vinegar, warm water, spray bottle, blanket, and most importantly, ladder.
First, make a solution of vinegar and water with a ratio of one part of vinegar and three parts of warm water.
Some people recommend using detergent to replace the solution, and you may consider it as an option.
If you want to incorporate some fixing into the cleaning regiment, you need needle nose pliers to adjust the prism pins.
Turn off the light and let it cool
Your safety is paramount and should be put up first.
The basic thing to learn on how to clean a chandelier without taking it down is that you need to make sure that you have turned off the light switch to cut off the power.
Just to be safe, you can also disconnect the electricity as an extra precaution. However, make sure that you fully understand the circuit breaker at your house or you are being assisted by a knowledgeable electrician. You do not need to adjust the wiring during this process. Next, wait a few minutes until the bulbs feel cool enough to touch.
Prepare the area
While waiting for the bulbs to cool down, you can prepare your workspace.
To make sure the dust won’t go anywhere or stuck to your carpeted floor, you can place a tarp or cloth over the floor under the chandelier. Set up the ladder under the chandelier and above the tarp or cloth.
If you are afraid that the crystals may fall down during the cleaning process, you can lay down a thick blanket under the chandelier.
Make sure the ladder is in a comfortable height so that you can reach the chandelier easily.
The ladder must be sturdy because if you are too focused on cleaning the chandelier, and the ladder is not set up securely, you can slip and fall down.
Start the cleaning process
Make sure you already have the solution in a spray bottle and prepare the cloth to apply the solution and wipe it off.
It would be better if you have an apron with a lot of pockets so that you can bring with you some tools that you may need without having to climb up and down several times.
Spray the solution on a soft and clean cotton cloth.
Wipe each crystal with the damp cloth and use another clean cloth to dry it.
It would be easier if you wear cotton gloves so you can spray the solution to one glove and wipe the crystals clean and use the other glove to dry them.
However, you may need several pairs of gloves if your chandelier has many crystals.
The next step is clean the frame of the chandelier.
You can use just a dry cloth if it’s not that dirty. Or, spray the same solution or other metal cleaners to the frame and wipe it until it’s free of dust and clean.
You have to keep in mind that the cleaner has to be intended for the type of metal used to make your chandelier.
If you use the wrong cleaner, you may risk of discoloring or tarnishing the metal. Note that any metal hooks must be cleaned with a dry cloth only because cleaners will strip the color off.
Last step is cleaning the light bulbs.
Dust them gently with a clean, dry cloth. You can use the opportunity to inspect the bulbs. Make sure they are all properly screwed in and don’t look discolored or brown.
If some bulbs are harder to clean because they have stubborn stains, you can damp a cloth with the cleaner and clean them using it, or you can easily replace it with a new one.
Enjoy your beautiful chandelier
That’s basically all you have to learn about how to clean a chandelier without taking it down. After you have done all of the above, you can finally show off your “new” chandelier to your guests. Make sure you keep doing regular maintenance for your chandelier. The rule of thumb is to deep clean your chandelier every 12 months and dust the chandelier every few months or when you see visible layer of dust and the crystals and bulbs look dull and hazy.