Chandeliers are an important investment in your home. Depending on the type you choose, you might invest up to thousands of dollars on just purchasing a chandelier. With an investment that large, you’ll want to make sure you are getting the best out of your chandelier by providing it with consistent cleaning and care.
Caring for your chandelier can be tricky, though. To make sure you’re not damaging any delicate crystals or the ornately painted finish, you’ll need to have several key items on hand. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we took all the guesswork out for you. Keep reading to learn our top 5 essentials to provide the best care for your chandelier.
#1: Aladdin Light Lift
Before we can begin thinking about cleaning, we’ll need to figure out how to safely access the chandelier. Scaffolding is one option, however, we find it is often a pain to assemble and can quickly become a nightmare for your wallet. You could try using a ladder, but that isn’t the safest option.
Chandeliers are finely-crafted, delicate statement pieces to a home. Also, we generally like to stay safely on the ground (can you blame us?). Let’s be honest. We’re not likely to do something if it’s too much trouble or too time-consuming. That means our chandelier won’t get the care and maintenance it deserves.
Do we really want to risk our own safety as well as potentially damage the chandelier by using a wobbly ladder or scaffolding for regular chandelier maintenance?
For us, that’s an easy no!
That’s why we believe every chandelier owner should invest in an Aladdin Light Lift. The Aladdin Light Lift removes the need for an unstable ladder or scaffolding and safely lowers the chandelier to floor level. With just the turn of a key or even a wireless controller, you can quickly and easily adjust the height of your chandelier to your preference without having to worry about losing your balance.
We’re big believers in putting safety first. That’s why our products are both UL tested and listed. Make chandelier care easy and safe with an Aladdin Light Lift.
Pro Tip: Aladdin Light Lifts come in a variety of models to suit your unique chandelier best. Unsure of which one is right for you? Take our quick quiz to find out!
#2: Chandelier Care Duster
For days when you’re short on time and are expecting visitors to your home at the last minute, we recommend investing in a quality duster. In just a few careful strokes, a good duster can clear away any pesky cobwebs and provide some quick TLC for your chandelier. Dusters come in several shapes and materials so you might want to try a few to find your favorite.
Dusters are great for quick cleaning and don’t require any cleaning products. Just lower your light fixture and dust away!
And if you’re the proud owner of an Aladdin Light Lift, you won’t need to worry about any extension poles for your duster. A small, high-quality duster will do the trick.
The good news is dusters are generally inexpensive items so if you find that you purchased one that’s not quite cutting it, you can always pick another one without breaking the bank. Before purchasing a duster, we recommend you do some quick research. For example, if you or a family member are prone to allergies, you might want to opt for a man-made duster material since animal products like feathers and fur can often contain allergens.
We appreciate the ease and quality of a machine-washable duster like the OXO Good Grips Microfiber Delicate Duster, but there are plenty of other great duster options to consider as well.
#3: Cleaning Spray
Although dusters are great when you’re in a pinch, chandeliers require regular, more thorough cleaning from time to time. The best way to clean a chandelier is with a great cleaning product that will cut through the dust and add extra polish. Not every cleaning product is made equal so make sure you pay attention to the label before purchasing. The last thing you want is to spend time applying a cleaner that leaves a filmy residue or worse, damages the finish!
Cleaning sprays often differ in price, quality, and purpose. Take some time to shop around and find one that works best for your chandelier. Remember, cleaning your chandelier shouldn’t feel like a chore. Choose a cleaner that gets the job done while also making the process faster and easier for you.
When you want to give your chandelier a deep clean, we recommend investing in a gentle, environmentally-friendly cleaner like the BRILLIANTÉ Crystal Chandelier Cleaner. This powerful cleaner can make even the dirtiest chandelier shine and with it’s drip-dry formula, cleaning is easier than ever.
#4: Chandelier Care Cleaning Cloth
Some cleaning formulas include a drip-dry feature that reduces the need for a cleaning cloth, but we always recommend you have one handy. A good cleaning cloth can help you apply some extra TLC to stubborn grime that the spray might have missed.
Cloths don’t have to be expensive as long as they are gentle and durable. If your cleaning cloth is starting to rip or tear, make sure you replace it as soon as you can.
We like to use simple cleaning cloths that are made from quality microfiber materials, like the SimpleHouseware Thick Large Microfiber Cleaning Cloth. Microfiber is effective at clearing away dust and grime but is soft enough to prevent any abrasion to the chandelier finish.
Your chandelier may be spotless and cobweb-free, but without the right bulbs, it won’t make any difference. Make sure you know what type of bulb is needed for your unique chandelier. If you need some help determining the right bulb type, check out our blog post about choosing the right bulb here.
Bulbs come in a variety of shapes, types, and bases so take your time to determine which ones will suit your chandelier best. We recommend keeping a backup stash of new replacement bulbs ready so you’ll never have to worry about a last-minute burnout.
Depending on your specific bulb needs, you can often pick up some new bulbs from the local hardware store, lighting store, or online. Store your backup bulbs in a safe place, such as a cabinet or protected storage bin, to reduce the chance of the delicate glass falling or breaking.
Chandeliers provide us with so much warmth, style, and light. If we want the best from our chandeliers, we need to make sure we’re investing the time and resources necessary to properly care for them.
Caring for your chandelier doesn’t have to be painful, time-consuming, or dangerous. With an Aladdin Light Lift, you can make chandelier care a breeze!