How to Clean a Chandelier

Chandeliers are known for being beautiful and intricate, and those very qualities make the task of cleaning one seem less than desirable. The work is well worth the reward, however, as the result will be stunning. Here’s what to do.

  1. How to Clean a Chandelier (Dry Method)

Avoid worries of moisture entering the electrical components of the light by cleaning and polishing the components without using liquids.

The Cleaning Process:

  • Make sure the light is off and the bulbs are cool before you get started.
  • Set the ladder up so that it is sturdy. Be sure that it is high enough to comfortably reach the chandelier.
  • Start at the top and work your way around the fixture, moving from top to bottom and from the inside out.
  • Spray chandelier cleaner on one cloth and wipe each piece of glass or crystal with it.
  • Use the second cloth to polish the cleaned glass or crystal.
  • Clean or replace microfiber cloths when they become dirty.


  1. How to Clean a Chandelier (Wet Method)

This method is much faster, but you’ll need to take your time with the preparations.

The Cleaning Process:

  • Make sure light bulbs are off and cool before beginning.
  • Spread the tarp or sheeting under the chandelier to capture drips.
  • Set the ladder up so that it is stable.
  • Climb the ladder and secure a plastic bag over individual light bulbs by tightly wrapping a rubber band around the fixture beneath each bulb.
  • Spray the entire fixture with Chandelier Cleaner, making sure to thoroughly wet the chandelier from every angle.
  • Allow the chandelier to drip dry.
  • Carefully remove the tarp.


  1. How to Clean a Chandelier Piece by Piece

For the most thorough clean possible, take the chandelier apart and hand wash it piece by piece.

The Cleaning Process:

  • Do not start working until the lights are off and the bulbs are cool.
  • Set up the ladder in a stable position.
  • Put a thick or folded blanket under the fixture to catch and cushion any pieces that you may drop.
  • Before you begin to disassemble the chandelier, it is highly recommended that you take pictures of it from several angles in case there are any questions about how to put it back together. If that isn’t possible, use the pencil and paper to sketch the major design details out to serve as a reminder.
  • Remove pieces one by one, laying them out carefully on the blanket or towel.
  • Once all the pieces are down, transfer a few to the plastic colander.
  • Rinse them under very hot water.
  • Use a very small amount of mild detergent over the pieces.
  • Continue to rinse until all soap reside has washed off.
  • Lay the pieces out on the lint free cloth to let dry.
  • Continue until all the components have been washed.
  • Allow to air dry, or polish with a lint free cloth.
  • Reassemble the chandelier.

Additional Tips and Advice:

  • If possible, check the manufacturer’s website for cleaning tips for the specific product that you are cleaning.
  • Vinegar will work in the place of dish detergent, but it is not recommended to allow it to come in contact with metal or brass pieces of your fixture.
  • Clean metal elements with a special cleaner or polish made for the type of metal that you have. 
  • For best results and to make work easier, dust before washing.
  • When you put a chandelier back together, work from the inside out with the center pieces going back together first.
  • Don’t forget to dust the light bulbs when you are finished!

One Comment

  • Alan says:

    Perfect advice!
    This article was extremely helpful to the completion of our job. The ideas were very good, would recommend to others if they have a similar job.

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