FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How to Clean Crystal Chandeliers
- You will probably not need to clean your chandeliers more than once a year.
- Before taking apart your fixture, make a diagram of where all the removable parts belong. Taking a picture of each step can help you reassemble the cleaned chandelier easier.
- Dust the chandelier. This can be done with a soft flannel cotton cloth. A hairdryer turned on cooled with a low velocity will easily blow dust off of crystal chandeliers.
- Never clean a chandelier with the lights turned on. Place padding, such as a comforter, under your work area to catch any pieces that fall, hopefully to prevent breakage.
- Do not twirl the chandelier, move around it to clean each area..
- Remove all pieces, place in a plastic container. Use hot water and a mild detergent. (Vinegar and ammonia can also be used. They produce a great sparkle, but can darken the pinning.) Take each piece and place in a plastic sieve. Rinse under hot water.
- Wipe the light bulbs with a soft clean flannel cotton cloth.
- If a chandelier is cleaned in the winter, the warm air helps the pieces to air dry faster. Please the rinsed pieces on a soft cotton flannel cloth to air dry.
- On a soft cotton flannel cloth, spray any commercial glass cleaner. Use this to clean the body of an all crystal chandelier. Do not spray the glass cleaner on the crystal.
- Return all pieces to the chandelier, working from the inside out.
- If the body is brass or another metal, do not use metal polish. Just use a soft flannel cotton cloth to dust.
How to Care for Fine Wood Furniture
- Wipe oiled furniture daily with a soft cloth, like ones made from old flannel pajamas.
- Furniture can also be vacuumed using the brush attachment. This is especially effective when the wood is intricately carved.
How to Polish Wood Furniture
- Certain furniture oils work best on specific woods. Lemon Oil works best on light woods, like maple or light oak. Red Oil beautifies cherry wood. Old English Oil gives a rich glow to mahogany. Liquid Gold can be used with wonderful results on all wood furniture.
- Paste wax fills scratches and only needs to be used twice yearly. Do not use oil over paste wax as a gummy surface may be the result.
- Liquid polish needs to be applied more frequently – four to six times a year. It can be applied, after dusting, with a soft flannel cotton cloth.
- Aerosol polish is easiest to apply. It can be used after dusting. Apply sparingly and rub in gently with a flannel cotton cloth.