Chandeliers hanging down from the ceiling make good lighting fixtures as well as a fine-looking decorative item for the place. Chandeliers come in different styles, traditional, modern or contemporary, and also have a wide range of quality and prices.
Usually, these are used for dining rooms and overhead in hallways or foyers. However, nowadays, as we become more and more innovative in designing our own homes, chandeliers can now be used to create a more exquisite look on bathrooms.
Crystal chandeliers are made out of clear glass with a number of faceted sides refracting light into a shimmering array. Lead crystal is an element that polishes easily than non-leaded ones permitting a more precise and clearer facet for a more pleasing effect. Lavish crystal chandeliers make use of hand-cut polished elements with highest lead content.
How to clean crystal chandeliers
When the chandelier has more crystals in it, it requires more cleaning however, it does not necessarily have to be so tedious. Here are a few guidelines to keep the crystal sparkling at its best.
If you do not want to remove the crystal components from the chandelier, you can make use of a spray to clean it. Once you’ve sprayed the piece, wipe it off with a white cotton glove. Most crystal chandelier manufacturers suggest a solution of 1 part of isopropyl alcohol to 3 parts of water while others suggest that hot soapy water better does the trick. However, there is no requirement for a specific cleaning formula.
Never use sprays that can be bought on non-stainless steel fixtures since it may only break the frames of the chandelier.
If there is a need for a more aggressive cleaning, the crystal parts would have to be removed from the frame. After they are removed, they can be hand washed in soapy water, rinsed, and dried with cloth.
Dusting the crystal is best recommended with the use of a feather duster or a make-up brush.
How Often Should Crystal Chandeliers Be Cleaned
Generally, the crystals should be cleaned at least every six months. The frequency however depends on where the chandelier is hanged and the ease of getting the piece for cleaning. Large pieces that reach twenty feet in height can be cleaned at least once a year.
It may also depend on the location of the chandelier. Pieces that are used in kitchens need more frequent and more detailed cleaning because of the buildup of oil and grease as well as dust that sticks to the crystal components due to the moisture from the sink and stove.
Regularly cleaning your crystal chandelier will keep the piece looking great and sparkling. But if it’s neglected, it will take more than just the basics to have it look good as new again.