How to Clean a Crystal Chandelier

How to Clean a Crystal Chandelier. Your delicate chandelier will glow more brightly without all that dust and grime. Here's how to make it sparkle again.

Step 1

Set up alternative lighting nearby (since you won't be able to use the chandelier for lighting while you're cleaning it).

Step 2

Turn off the chandelier's power at the wall switch. Place a piece of tape over the wall switch so that no one can accidentally turn it on while you're working.

Step 3

Cover any upward-pointing bulbs with sandwich bags. Secure the bags with rubber bands.

Step 4

Place a drop cloth below the chandelier.

Step 5

Mix a solution of one part isopropyl alcohol or ammonia in three parts distilled water. Or, if you don't want to mix your own cleaner, buy a special chandelier cleaner from a lighting retailer. Put some solution in a spray bottle.

Step 6

Spray every part of the fixture with the cleanser, avoiding wires and other electrical components.

Step 7

Allow the crystals to drip-dry. If your chandelier is too dirty for this drip-cleaning method, you'll have to hand-wash each individual crystal with the cleaning solution.

Step 8

Remove the plastic bags from the lights once the crystals have dried, and wipe down light wells and other noncrystal parts with a soft cloth dipped in the cleanser.

Step 9

Allow the entire fixture to dry overnight before turning its power back on.