Recipe for Maintaining
& Preserving Fine Lighting
A chandelier is an investment and if properly
preserved, will be cherished for generations.
To maintain the beauty
of a chandelier, it is important that it be cared for with
routine maintenance and cleaning. A professional cleaning
is recommended at least once a year with upkeep practiced monthly by
The crystal and precious
metal finishes used to fabricate fine lighting are delicate
and can be easily damaged by the use of improper cleaning
products and techniques.
Here is a recipe for
you to follow for the tender, loving care of your fine lighting
fixture between professional cleanings.
Moderately Hot Water
1 Cup of White Vinegar
A Blanket or Quilt
Plenty of White Towels
Lint Free Cloths
Before cleaning a fixture, be sure
to turn off the power switch. This reduces the possibility
of electrical shock and contact with hot light bulbs. There
is usually no need to throw circuit breakers since it may
be necessary to plug in auxiliary lighting to further illuminate
the work area.
Remove all furniture in the work area
immediately around and below the chandelier. Place padded
quilt(s) or blanket(s) on the floor to cushion the possible
fall of tools or delicate chandelier components. For this
reason, work as closely to the floor as possible.
Avoid rotating the chandelier during cleaning. It must
Before cleaning, check to see that the crystal
or glass chandelier components are securely attached to
the fixture. If not, carefully remove them and place them
on a soft towel away from the work area.
Fill two (2) buckets with moderately hot
water (Tip: differentiate the buckets so you can tell them
apart.) Add one (1) cup of white vinegar per gallon of water
to one of the buckets (Do not use ammonia; it will corrode
the pins) This will be the "wash bucket." The
other will be used as a "rinse bucket."
Carefully submerge each component in the
wash bucket and rub vigorously. Immediately following, dip
the component in the rinse bucket. Afterwards, place the
component on a clean towel to dry.
If you are cleaning the components while
they are attached to the fixture, immerse a small, lint-free
cloth in the wash bucket, and use it to wipe the component
parts. Be sure to rinse the cloth frequently in the rinse
bucket to remove accumulated dirt.
Never use cleaning products on metal
unless specifically recommended by a trusted source (this
includes vinegar, which is an acid). Most metal
surfaces have a protective coating of clear lacquer to preserve
finish. Use of certain chemicals will wear away the coating
causing the color to change. As a rule, only use warm water.
As each component is placed back on
the fixture, wipe it down with a clean, lint-free cloth
to prevent spotting.
Tips on Dust Removal
Most air-born dust can be removed by simply
"feather dusting." If dust particles remain, wipe
with a damp, lint-free cloth. This should keep your chandelier
bright and beautiful until its time for your next professional