Chandelier Cleaning Tips NJ: If you have a chandelier in your home or business, if it likely a source of great pride for you, providing the centerpiece for a grand room, staircase or foyer. However, all that brilliance and bright light can be dimmed when the chandelier is dirty and dusty. It’s time for chandelier cleaning!
Typical chandeliers should be cleaned at least once a year, or whenever they are looking dull.
While it’s important to hire a professional for this delicate task, we thought it would be helpful to outline the top seven chandelier cleaning tips.
1. Make a Plan
Before you tackle any cleaning, it’s important to come up with a plan. That’s because most chandeliers feature complex hanging patterns for their crystal or glass accents. Take a photo before you clean it so you know how to put it back together again.
2. Gather Supplies
First, you’ll need a step ladder so you can safely reach the fixture. Gather some pads or a drop cloth to place underneath the work area. This way, if you drop a glass or crystal prism, it won’t shatter, plus you can shield surrounding furniture, flooring and tabletops from debris.
Wear white gloves and use a soft, lint free cloth so you don’t leave fingerprints.
3. Turn Off the Power
Chandeliers are electrical fixtures, so the risk of electrocution is great if you don’t take precautions. Turn off the wall switch power, placing tape over it so no one else turns it on as they walk into the room. For extra safety, turn the power off at the breaker box. Clean your chandelier on a bright, sunny day and don’t wait till dark.
4. Decide On or Off
Some people prefer to clean their chandeliers with the crystal or glass on vs. the crystal or glass off, and vice versa. If you want to do the most thorough job possible, you’ll want to take all the accents off first, clean them separately, and then add them back on. This also allows you to reach all out-of-the-way areas on the main portion of the chandelier. If you’re pressed for time, leave the accents on. Just take extra care.
5. Don’t Twist or Rotate the Fixture
Despite the method you choose, it’s important to make sure you don’t twirl or rotate the chandelier. Clean in sections instead, by walking around it and adjusting your ladder every few feet. If you rotate the chandelier, you could loosen its support, which could cause it to fall.
6. Change Out Bulbs
If you notice any dim or broken bulbs, take the time to change them out – especially if the chandelier is tough to reach on a regular basis. Keep in mind the recommended wattage for the fixture.
7. Cleaning the Fixture
Make a homemade cleaning solution of one part isopropyl alcohol and four parts distilled water. Place in a spray bottle. Spray some on the cloth, then wipe down small sections at a time. Dry immediately with a separate cloth.
Don’t use ammonia-based cleaners because they can take off the finish from gold or silver metal hooks that secure the glass or crystal elements.
If you decide to take off the accents to clean them, hand wash each one in warm sudsy water with a mild dish soap. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Contact Clearview Washing
Don’t want to hassle with all that? Here at Clearview Washing, we provide comprehensive chandelier cleaning for your home and business. To book your appointment and get a free quote, contact us at 732-462-1187.