How to Clean a Chandelier

Last updated on November 20th, 2022

Chandeliers can make an amazing statement piece in a room and always have historically. But if you don’t maintain and keep a chandelier fixture clean, it likely won’t dazzle with the sparkle and brilliance that it’s intended to have.

Sure, cleaning a chandelier can seem like a big chore. Cleaning something so delicate, if decorated with many crystals for example, as well as so high off the ground can present its own challenges. But having a beautiful-looking centerpiece in a room in your home can be worth the hassle of keeping a chandelier clean.

If you’re unsure of how to clean a chandelier, we’ll share some easy steps so that you can keep it looking just like new. Likewise, check out our chandelier installation tips if you need some guidance on setting up a chandelier.

Things To Do Before You Clean

Chandelier cleaning can be an easy task as long as you remember to plan ahead.

Many chandelier lighting fixtures consist of complex hanging patterns of decorative elements such as crystal raindrops or beads. If you have a highly elaborate chandelier, make sure to take note of this and how these elements can be removed or moved around before beginning to clean. This will save you a load of work and headaches later on.

Also, if you have to disassemble aspects of the chandelier before cleaning, taking some pictures with your phone as you do so can be a great way to keep track of how things went together when it’s time to reassemble after cleaning.

The supplies you likely need to gather for chandelier cleaning are pretty simple: a step ladder, some pads or a drop cloth underneath to catch any glass that might accidentally fall, and some protective gloves when cleaning to avoid leaving evidence of fingerprints.

Last but not least, be sure to be safe! If your chandelier is connected to electrical outputs, its imperative that you disable power to the light before cleaning. Remember to have another light source nearby so that you can see what you’re doing!

How To Clean A Chandelier

Depending on how thorough you want to be, if you’re cleaning a traditional or crystal glass chandelier, you can clean the chandelier either by removing each glass piece separately or keeping them all on the frame. It goes without saying that removing each piece can be time-consuming, but will result in the most thorough cleaning.

If you plan to keep the glass on the frame, prepare a cleaning solution and spray a small amount on a linen glove or cloth. Wipe the crystal glass with the sprayed surface and then immediately dry it with another glove or cloth. Work slowly and carefully through each piece.

Your cleaning solution should avoid ammonia-based cleaners, as these can take the finish off gold or silver hooks and metals.

If you do choose to take each individual piece off, you could still clean them in the method described above. You could also try hand-washing the glass in lukewarm and sudsy water. If you do so, you should then immediately use clean water and dry the glass with a clean cloth.

Dusting the chandelier frequently can extend the time needed between major cleans, and is highly recommended.


A clean and beautiful chandelier can be the crown jewel of an elegant home or an eye-catching attraction around town. Now that you know how to clean a chandelier, you can keep your own looking stately and pristine!

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