How to Clean a Crystal Chandelier

A crystal chandelier dresses up a dining room with class, but when it needs cleaning, it doesn’t look so nice. There are proper ways on how to clean a crystal chandelier.

Cleaning Preparation

The crystal chandeliers should be cleaned every few months. Don’t wait until they are so foggy that it becomes a bigger job; Many people love to touch the crystals just because they are so pretty, and they end up looking dull really quick. Clean them at least twice a year. By doing so, you won’t need to remove the crystals from the chandelier. To be more careful before starting to clean, lay a towel or other soft cushion, under the chandelier. This way it protects the crystal in case it is dropped during cleaning. Do not turn the chandelier while cleaning.

A Simple Way to Clean

A simple solution first needs to be prepared.. Just use one part isopropyl alcohol with three parts water. Distilled water is preferable. Mix these in a spray bottle. It is very important to wear white cotton gloves while doing this cleaning. Spray one of the gloves with the solution. Keep the other glove dry. Then just clean the crystal with the damp glove by handling and caressing it. Next, use the dry glove to wipe it. This method is so easy that it can actually be enjoyable to do. Do not use crystal cleaning products or other packaged cleaning products. There may be chemicals in them than can ruin the appearance of the crystal.

Cleaning if Removing the Crystal

If the crystal hasn’t been cleaned in a long time, and needs to be removed from the chandelier, it needs to be removed carefully. Some crystal chandeliers need to have the crystals removed when cleaning. This is done by removing the trim. Find the trim diagram before removing the crystal. This way you will put the crystals back in the same, correct way. After removing them, use sudsy lukewarm water to hand wash them. Then they simply need rinsed in water and dried with a clean cloth. The cloth should be soft as to also protect the crystal. While handling the crystals, it is important to always wear the white gloves.

Just remember to prepare for the cleaning, use white gloves while cleaning if on the chandelier, and use the proper solutions to clean if removing the crystals. No one wants to see grubby crystals, and your dinner guests will be happy to see them clean, just as much as you will be.

Betsy Cline

Betsy Cline has been a professional house cleaner for 15 years and also a mother of 4 amazing kids (who make lots of messes). She is the founder of How to Clean It and loves to share tips and advice for cleaning up anything life throws at you.

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