How to Clean a Crystal Chandelier Without Breaking a Single Crystal

Last updated on November 20th, 2022

In order to keep your traditional or modern crystal chandelier looking as gorgeous as the day you bought it, you need to clean and dust it at least once a year. However, many people are too afraid of breaking the crystals to do so.

Chandeliers are a beautiful addition to any home, but they can trap a lot of dust. The dust in your home does a lot more harm than aesthetic purposes. Cleaning every part of your home thoroughly is the best way to prevent numerous health problems from dust exposure.

You don’t have to be nervous anymore. This article is going to walk you through all the steps of how to clean a crystal chandelier without breaking any crystals.

How to Clean a Crystal Chandelier Safely

Before you even start to clean your chandelier, you have to take some safety precautions. Since chandeliers are hooked up to electricity, it’s always a good idea to at least turn off the lights. The safest way to clean your chandelier is to shut off the power in the breaker box.

Obviously, you can’t clean in the dark, so you’ll need to get enough light from other sources. If you’re looking for a deep clean, individually removing the crystals is the best way to rub down every surface.

However, removing each crystal individually can be very time-consuming, so learning how to clean a chandelier with the crystals still attached is the most practical method for homeowners.

How to Clean a Crystal Chandelier with Vinegar

As it turns out, the cleaner recipe for crystal chandelier fixtures only requires two ingredients: vinegar and water! You can take an empty spray bottle and fill it with equal parts of the vinegar of your choice and water. Give it a good shake and you’re ready to start cleaning.

If your chandelier is only a few years old, your only cleaning method will simply be to spray each crystal with this vinegar and water mixture. For the best results, try to spray at every angle to remove the most amount of dust. Afterward, you can relax and let your chandelier dry on its own.

If your chandelier is older, you might have to put a little elbow grease into the cleaning routine. After you spray the crystals, use a soft, wet washcloth to gently rub the crystals. It’s crucial that you don’t use any twisting motions as you rub to keep the crystals intact.

How to Clean a Crystal Chandelier on a High Ceiling

When your chandelier isn’t easily accessible, you need to learn how to clean a chandelier without taking it down. Luckily, the process isn’t as impossible as it may seem.

Your cleaning method is the exact same. You can use your vinegar mixture with a soft washcloth or try a special glass cleaner solution. The major difference here is that instead of working on the ground, you’ll be on a ladder.

To ensure that your floors don’t get slippery, it’s best to lay out a large plastic sheet that covers your working ground. Take your time cleaning and be sure to move the ladder as many times as you need to safely reach each side of the chandelier.

Chandelier Cleaning Services

If you find that you’re still too hesitant to try cleaning your own chandelier, there are professionals who can do a stellar job. If you want to hire someone else, be sure to do a little research to find a cleaning service with high reviews.

This way, you can be reassured that your chandelier can stay sparkling.

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Now that you know how to clean a crystal chandelier, your room or space in question can now glow beautifully.

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