Happy Monday everyone! Sorry for the lack of blog posts; I was working all day every day last week and was out most evenings. Back to normal this week so I have more time to devote to writing on my blog.
Much as we all love a chandelier or two in our homes they are an absolute nightmare to clean. I'm not sure which I enjoy less, cleaning silver or cleaning chandeliers, probably the latter. I have a chandelier in every room of my home except the bathroom so cleaning them is the bain of my life.
Chandeliers seem to attract dust and spider webs or is that just an illusion?! I have tried all sorts of quick and easy methods of cleaning them e.g. blowing on them (!!), feather duster and even the vacuum cleaner but to no avail. There is no quick and easy fix.
However, there are some things you can do regularly to stop dust clouding the crystal drops. Give the chandelier the once over, lightly, with a feather duster every couple of weeks as it really does help to minimise the the accumulation of dust which then solidifies on the drops and bulbs.
When the chandelier really does need a good clean here are a couple of methods (remember to turn off the chandelier first!!!):
1. Drip dry method is the easiest method. It involves using the best glass cleaner you can buy. Remove the bulbs (give them a good clean) and plug the sockets with paper so they don't get wet. Cover the floor underneath the chandelier to catch the liquid. Spray the chandelier generously with the cleaner and let it fall from the chandelier. It should take the dust and dirt with it when it falls! Then just leave the chandelier to dry, remove the paper from the sockets and replace the bulbs.
2. Cotton glove method - More involved but less messy than the drip dry method. Using white cotton gloves and a small bowl of glass or chandelier cleaner, dip your finger tips in the solution and clean each crystal drop very gently all over. You will have to change the solution if it starts to get dirty.
3. Removing all the crystal method - If your chandelier has been neglected for several years and either or both of the above methods don't work, you will need to use this method. First and most crucial piece of advice, make a note of where the drops go or you may not be able to reconstruct it afterwards! Dismantle the chandelier and wash every crystal droplet and strand by hand in warm water with a little mild detergent. If you want to use vinegar instead of detergent, make sure it doesn't come in contact with metal or brass pieces as it will corrode them. This method is a nightmare job but the reward of seeing a beautiful sparkling chandelier makes it worthwhile. Hot tip: when you put the chandelier back together work from the inside out starting with the centre pieces.
I'd love to hear what method you use to clean your chandeliers. I'm sure there are some tried and tested methods handed down the generations so do let me know.
I'd also love to get some feedback from you as to what topics you'd like me to cover in my blog.