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How to Clean an Antique Crystal Chandelier

When I found this antique crystal chandelier it had been in storage a very long time - and had the dirt and grime to prove it. Once we received it at the warehouse, it took over 20 hours to clean and photograph. I use vinegar and distilled water to clean old glass and crystal with cotton cloths (such as old t-shirts) and for newer glass, I use Windex Original with paper towels. If the new glass is really dirty, I use a micro-fiber cloth and water first. 

 

Crystal chandelier before cleaning

Crystal chandelier before cleaning - it had been in storage a long time

taking apart the chandelier and laying out the crystal pieces for cleaning

Taking apart the chandelier and laying out the crystal pieces for cleaning 

 

Re-assembling the crystal chandelier after cleaning

Bottoms-Up! Re-assembling the crystal chandelier after cleaning 

 

How to clean a crystal chandelier

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How to clean a crystal chandelier

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Sparkling clean chandelier ready to be photographed: how to clean a crystal chandelier

Sparkling clean chandelier ready to be photographed

The best method to clean antique crystal depends on

  • what type of dirt and grime
  • how much time has passed since the last cleaning
  • how large are the crystal pieces

There are professional glass and crystal cleaners who can come to your home and clean your chandelier. Prices vary depending on where you live, the size of the chandelier, how dirty it is and how intricate it is, but expect the starting price to be around $200.  

Professional say that to maintain their shine and beauty, you should only have to clean a crystal chandelier once per year, and you can do it while the chandelier is hanging in your home. There are professional cleaning solutions such as such a Hagerty Chandelier Cleaner or Brillianté Crystal Chandelier Cleaner

If you have purchased an antique or vintage chandelier like ours, you will want to take the chandelier apart and clean it piece-by-piece. 

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Eighteen-Arm Crystal Chandelier with Draping Crystal Beading

Stunning! There just aren’t the words to describe how this light captures the room. This massive elegant two tier crystal chandelier with eighteen chiseled crystal arms has plentiful draping in crystal beading accented by flowerets. With the central cut-glass bowl hanging below a central shaft with a baluster with an umbrella canopy, it measures about 42” wide and over 50” high from the bottom of the bowl to the top of the crown – does not include chain and ceiling mount. 

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European Finds has antique and vintage chandeliers and lighting in our online antique warehouse. If you don't see what you are looking for, give us a call, and perhaps we can help you find the perfect piece!  We also provide antique sourcing services if you are looking for a specific piece.  

Contact: customerservice@europeanfinds.com 

 

 

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