How to Clean a Crystal Chandelier

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Your delicate chandelier will glow more brightly without all that dust and grime. Here's how to make it sparkle again.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Spray Bottles
  • Cleaning Cloths
  • Ammonia
  • Chandelier Cleaning Fluids
  • Isopropyl Alcohols
  • Masking Tape
  • Distilled Waters
  • Sandwich Bags
  • Rubber Bands
  • Rubber bands

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Set up alternative lighting nearby (since you won't be able to use the chandelier for lighting while you're cleaning it).

  2. 2

    Turn off the chandelier's power at the wall switch. Place a piece of tape over the wall switch so that no one can accidentally turn it on while you're working.

  3. 3

    Cover any upward-pointing bulbs with sandwich bags. Secure the bags with rubber bands.

  4. 4

    Place a drop cloth below the chandelier.

  5. 5

    Mix a solution of one part isopropyl alcohol or ammonia in three parts distilled water. Or, if you don't want to mix your own cleaner, buy a special chandelier cleaner from a lighting retailer. Put some solution in a spray bottle.

  6. 6

    Spray every part of the fixture with the cleanser, avoiding wires and other electrical components.

  7. 7

    Allow the crystals to drip-dry. If your chandelier is too dirty for this drip-cleaning method, you'll have to hand-wash each individual crystal with the cleaning solution.

  8. 8

    Remove the plastic bags from the lights once the crystals have dried, and wipe down light wells and other noncrystal parts with a soft cloth dipped in the cleanser.

  9. 9

    Allow the entire fixture to dry overnight before turning its power back on.

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