We have this chandelier in the dining room with about 12 little bulbs in it
and it has all these little glass do-dads hanging off it it. It is filthy,
but I really cannot think of some way to clean it easily without taking an
entire day to do it.
Because of the sockets, I can't see putting it in the dishwasher which would
make it easier. Does anyone have any tips or tricks to try, or is it gallon
of gas and a match time for the poor thing? LOL.
Use a 50:50 mix of rubbing alcohol and clear household ammonia and dip
an old toothbrush into it and scrub each piece clean. Dry with paper
towels. Spread a plastic sheet underneath or open an umbrella upside
down to catch the drips. Keep the switch in the OFF position. After
it is completely dry (you may want to wait a few hours) turn on the
chandelier and inspect your work. Yeah, it is time-consuming tedious
work, especially working on a ladder. I use this same cleaning
solution and toothbrush to clean my computer keyboard, unplugged of
course. This cleaning mixture dries with no residue, provided you use
the soapless household ammonia.
Special chandelier spray cleaners are sold in many lighting stores. They
are supposed to be formulated to allow for drip-drying and require no
hands on effort beyond spraying the fixture liberally. The general
instructions call for placing a plastic sheet or other wetproof material
beneath the fixture. Bulbs are to be removed and the sockets filled with
crumpled paper towel. Obviously, the electric power should be turned
On Mon, 02 Feb 2004 04:39:20 GMT, Wayne Boatwright
I've used this type of spray several times. I works fine if the
crystals are not too dirty, but otherwise the spray can't take the
dirt off and you have to resort to white cotton gloves.
What I've done in the past is squirt the spray cleaner onto the gloves
and go over each crystal pendant with the dampened gloves. Yes, a pain
in the butt and time consuming!
The best way I've found? Take the chandelier down and hang it from a
tree limb in my back yard. Squirt it with Windex or chandelier spray
(I think the kind I used was called "Sparkle Plenty," no kidding) and
then spray it with the hose and let it hang until dry. Then rehang.
Yes, this is a HUGE pain in the butt but it sure gets it clean. I did
it when I first bought the chandelier at a garage sale. It was in an
open cardboard box, partly dissassembled, covered with heavy dust and
dirt. I got it for $50. I reassembled it, replaced a half-dozen or so
missing crystals, cleaned it off. I've priced new ones for over
$1,000, so the work was well worthwhile.
Not that this helps, but in the cafeteria of the office where I work, they
have about a dozen <huge> 1928-era chandeliers, with at least 24 bulbs each,
and probably 50 pounds of glass doodads hanging off them. Being about 20
feet above the floor, they are mounted on winches so they can be lowered to
floor level for their once-a-year cleaning, which takes 2 people about half
a day per lamp. They do it with spray bottles of ? and white rags.
If you do field-strip it to clean it, a coat of wax may make the dust hang
on less well.
I took mine down, hung it up from a tree limb in the yard, removed the fake
"candle" bodies that support the bulb sockets, sprayed the whole thing
thoroughly with some general purpose cleaner (409 or the generic
equivalent), let it soak for a while, and then sprayed it with the garden
hose. After letting the sockets dry out for a few days I reinstalled it. No
problems at all and only one little dangly-down bit fell off but was easily
replaced. Good for another 40 years. But I'll surely be dead by then and it
will be someone else's problem...
I suppose the whole process could be carried out in the shower where you'd
gain the benefit of hot water for the rinse. But DO make sure that the
sockets and wiring are thoroughly dry before re-installing.
Do those little glass do-dads come off? We've got one in our dining room
that you can remove the glass pieces and wash just them in the dishwasher.
Do it every few months. They're held in place with little rubber caps on
the rods that old them.
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