Professional Maid Services in Peoria, AZ, How to Clean a Chandelier, House Cleaning


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How to Clean a Chandelier

Chandeliers are known for being beautiful and intricate, and those very qualities make the task of cleaning one seem less than desirable. The work is well worth the reward, however, as the result will be absolutely stunning. Here’s what to do.

How to Clean a Chandelier (Dry Method)

Avoid worries of moisture entering the electrical components of the light by cleaning and polishing the components without using liquids.

What You Will Need:

The Cleaning Process:

  1. Make sure the light is off and the bulbs are cool before you get started.
  2. Set the ladder up so that it is sturdy. Be sure that it is high enough to comfortably reach the chandelier.
  3. Start at the top and work your way around the fixture, moving from top to bottom and from the inside out.
  4. Spray Windex on one cloth and wipe each piece of glass with it.
  5. Use the second cloth to polish the cleaned glass.
  6. Clean or replace microfiber cloths when they become dirty.

How to Clean a Chandelier (Wet Method)

This method is much faster, but you’ll need to take your time with the preparations.

What You Will Need:

The Cleaning Process:

  1. Make sure light bulbs are off and cool before beginning.
  2. Spread the tarp or sheeting under the chandelier to capture drips.
  3. Set the ladder up so that it is stable.
  4. Climb the ladder and secure a plastic bag over individual light bulbs by tightly wrapping a rubber band around the fixture beneath each bulb.
  5. Spray the entire fixture with Chandelier Cleaner, making sure to thoroughly wet the chandelier from every angle.
  6. Allow the chandelier to drip dry.
  7. Carefully remove the tarp.

How to Clean a Chandelier Piece by Piece

For the most thorough clean possible, take the chandelier apart and hand wash it piece by piece. Here’s how:

What You Will Need:

The Cleaning Process:

  1. Do not start working until the lights are off and the bulbs are cool.
  2. Set up the ladder in a stable position.
  3. Put a thick or folded blanket under the fixture to catch and cushion any pieces that you may drop.
  4. Before you begin to disassemble the chandelier, it is highly recommended that you take pictures of it from several angles in case there are any questions about how to put it back together. If that isn’t possible, use the pencil and paper to sketch the major design details out to serve as a reminder.
  5. Remove pieces one by one, laying them out carefully on the blanket.
  6. Once all of the pieces are down, transfer a few to the plastic colander.
  7. Rinse them under very hot water.
  8. Use a very small amount of mild detergent over the pieces.
  9. Continue to rinse until all soap reside has washed off.
  10. Lay the pieces out on the lint free cloth to let dry.
  11. Continue until all of the components have been washed.
  12. Allow to air dry, or polish with a lint free cloth.
  13. Reassemble the chandelier.

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