Cannot recall any ratio. When this gent came to do his quarterly spraying he said that If I sprayed windex around the doors and thresholds no bugs would enter. To catch the drips, hang an umbrella upside down underneath the chandelier. Don’t forget to … I’m a 23 years old from a little town in Mexico who spent about the first 10 years of my life watching whatever home improvement related international TV show I could get including cooking shows and infomercials and that man does not sound familiar to me in the slightest. I’m a professional chandelier cleaner, thousands in 21 years. Sparkle Plenty smelled like Windex so that’s where my research started; figuring out what Windex is made of. I wonder if this would work on car windows. Once mixed, use a small cloth to begin giving each piece of the chandelier a good thorough clean to remove any stagnant dust or tough stains. So, on the topic of cleaning…..why do the top shelves in my (sliding door) closet get so dusty? If Windex or Dawn doesn’t do it, it doesn’t get done. I just bought an antique chandelier… And I am so looking forward to hanging it. :-). The results were exactly the same as far as I could tell. Instead, let the team here at Charleston Lighting help you feel at ease with cleaning your chandeliers. Living District LD5056D48BR Rohan 48 inch chandelier in brassWhen you need a chandelier to brighten and accentuate a space without visually overpowering it, look to the clean… I have a huge acrylic chandelier that looks like crystal. I think the name was something manly – like Purple power – and, well, the container was emptied on my project and the evidence destroyed. Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. Kelli, try straight rubbing alcohol. I’ve always owned at least one crystal chandelier and dreaded cleaning it so much I just didn’t. This DIY version will cost $1.85 for the same amount. I’m glad I don’t have to clean it too. 7. Table of Contents:How to Clean a Chandelier (Dry Method)How to Clean a Chandelier (Wet Method)How to Clean a Chandelier Piece by PieceAdditional Tips and Advice advertisement Chandeliers are known for being beautiful and intricate, and those very qualities make the task of cleaning one seem less than desirable. This will save you an additional headache, as well as keeping you from having to replace an expensive piece of a light fixture. I am overseas right now and have the link on my computer back home. I created a diversion by pointing at 1 of the 15 men in the hardware store wearing a plaid shirt and a beard, and yelled OH MY GOD IT’S BOB VILA. A crystal chandelier loses a bit of its charm when it’s covered in grease and cat hair unless you’re one of those avant garde types. Required fields are marked *. I think he might BE Bob Villa! What follows is a compilation of some of the techniques we have developed over the years. Of course I don’t count my chandelier earrings, but it might do the trick there too. I have a Snoopy cookie jar that has silver & red painted on top of the glaze, and my Mom (trying to be helpful) sprayed it with Windex, and….you can guess why that area is not only clear white glaze. I collect teapots, and also have a cat. Sorry. We have some quick tips to help with this chore and make it far less intimidating. Of course, cleaning up the kitchen after that might be more trouble than pulling down and cleaning each teapot! Carolinas’ Top Rated Local® Lighting Showroom. Often either ammonia or isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). that is a BIG chandelier! Clean chandeliers would have the same effect. Point is, drip dry chandelier cleaner works whether it’s store bought (stolen) or made. So I fished out an old Windex bottle from the basement and because there was about half a teaspoon of Windex still left in it, I sprayed it on my kitchen window (right above the sink) that always gets splashed on a lot, and a living room window that has traces of my dog’s nose art. ~ karen! Thanks for all the inspiration. Begin by mixing a small bucket of hot water with some detergent – you can find a wide variety of chandelier cleaning detergents online or you can use a standard washing up liquid. Extra tip: Soak that heavily greasy metal screen under your stove hood in 50/50 ammonia/water .. 10 minutes and a little go-over with a small brush .. ta da! When the time comes to clean your chandelier, a good practice is to lay down a well-padded blanket or some other soft, thick material to pad a landing. you guys are killing me, I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time, could be the mood I’m in or maybe it’s the wine, but that Christmas gift idea had me falling down laughing, so was the reference to the smell reminiscent of the ear piercer at the Mall. Smile. There had to be a better (easier, less annoying) way. I don’t think spraying them will do anything. These cleaners are better because they are intentionally non-corrosive, lack toxins, and don’t cause streaks. I’d say maybe 3 or 4 times a year. I used the old bottle from the store purchased product I had used up. Careful using alcohol or the like on the teapots if they are hand painted (not glazed) on the outside at all. I have a couple windows that I can only reach by ladder, this would be a helpful DIY. Well, I have to include Oxyclean, it’s pretty great also. Then one earhole grew back in, and my mom repoked it with a large darning needle!!! The dusty grease comes right off! A big bonus with ammonia is that it also shines most metals. I’m not sure any old shampoo works; I found Prell at a dollar store or Walmart, I don’t remember. Cover the lightbulbs and sockets with plastic so the spray doesn’t get in them. Cleaning with Crystals On Turn the light off and let the bulbs cool. I am a “Karen” follower who has learned from the guru that there is always a way to make your own stuff! Such a simple fix…now if I only had a chandie or two. Trying to find some travel supplies I think I inhaled about a quart of ancient dust…….and found an old hat. Store bought or homemade with Isopropyl Alcohol. Instead, with the numerous styles and variations of modern chandeliers, there are options for any lighting need in your abode. Rinse in clean water and dry with a soft clean cloth. From chandelier cleaner to polish to hand tools, we have everything necessary to bring out the shine in your fixture. I can’t believe it has actually been that long since I watched Bob Vila! The dirt and grime just doesn’t drip off sparkling clean, Karen, your posts are always so apropos! Step 2 Combine 1 cup of warm water and 1 cup of vinegar in another spray bottle. Blue is the most loved colour around the world. ; ). Everything is better once it’s distilled. (insert dust to dust comment/joke here). →Follow me on Instagram where I often make a fool of myself←. I cleaned my small chandelier in the past with just water and a few drops of Dawn and let it drip dry. If it’s a fail I can still use it on my chandelier. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Old_House. Brilliante Crystal Chandelier Cleaner - Manual Sprayer 32oz Environmentally Safe, Ammonia-Free, Drip-Dry Formula, Made in USA (4 Pack) 3.8 out of 5 stars 5 $69.55$69.55 Get it as soon as Wed, Jul 22 Is it worth it? I will google it and see if I find something similar to what you’ve described. You just lost your internet license my friend. How to Clean a Chandelier on a High Ceiling Written by Doityourself Staff. Now I can buy that chandelier in confidence knowing I’ll be able to clean it! But I usually save empty bottles from whatever that comes in a spray bottle, like Windex etc. Oh my gosh. Once the water has turned clear, you have beautifully clean crystals with no residue. Will it damage it or change the color? Spray a small amount of the solution on a white cotton glove or lint free cloth. Where do you get a bottle like that, that you can attach to a hose? Karen, the alcohol in the cleaner sounds good. Gee, they are very similar words! Did you actually steal the bottle of cleaner? I could go on. I knew the chandelier was dirty, but I had no idea what we were missing out on. The store bought cleaner will cost you $12-$15 for 32 ounces. Because I had both things on hand, I mixed a concoction of 1 part rubbing alcohol with 3 parts DISTILLED water. But for the sake of this blog and science I went out and stole some from my local hardware store. I rubbed the windows with a paper towel and to my horror, it resulted in a thick fog like film coating the window pane. Step 2 Lay bath towels underneath your chandelier to soak up any moisture or mess that may occur during the cleaning process. Mix 1 part rubbing alcohol with 3 parts distilled water in a spray bottle. Years ago a coworker gave me this window cleaner: The smell will transport you back to another rite of passage in your life. These are great when it comes to getting gunk off of your stove top or soaking up some spilled milk, but these are terrible for cleaning your shiny light fixtures. See? Chrome chandeliers are particularly well-suited to kitchens and bathrooms and other spaces where a clean, unfussy look is preferred. Bought this house & it has a nice chandelier (don’t mind it all, I feel like a high class lady), but it has plastic amber hanging thingies. Even among women in Thailand. If your chandelier is a total disaster, like the one in my kitchen that was covered in 10 years of french fry grease, then you’re gonna have to hand clean your chandelier by spraying a microfibre cloth or glove with chandelier cleaner or warm soapy water or Windex and rubbing each crystal clean. It cost me a bundle. The most common solution involves one-part isopropyl alcohol and three-fourths distilled water. Don’t feel overwhelmed by this prospect and decide to choose another fixture! Excellent. If this works I will love you forever. All Rights Reserved. Lesson learned: Life is either dusty or rusty. Sitting in a chair at the mall, while the most qualified of all medical professionals, a teenage girl working in a junk jewellery store, wipes your earlobes with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol before piercing your lobes with a rusty old hole punch she grabbed from her pencil case. That’s what I did with mine! Cover the lightbulbs and sockets with plastic so the spray doesn't get in them. Careful and thorough chandelier cleaning with crystal handwork. Written by Karen. If you are in the market for a new chandelier or need help with any other lighting questions, call us or stop by the Charleston Lighting showroom and see why we are South Carolina’s premiere lighting center today! Women everywhere as a matter of fact. Blue! CLEANING TIPS: HOW TO DE-GROSS YOUR CUTTING BOARD. Hi Cindy, Oh, how I love a good read in the morning! They are beautiful but I prefer to visit and let someone else have the responsibility for cleaning! Placeholders.enable(); (I put the crystals in the utensil baskets with the top down. Karen Bertelsen. My favorite color is blue. BUT, you will have to take them down and do it by hand. Every chandelier is cleaned in the most thorough, detailed and meticulous manner, thus the luster will last for months. Work your way methodically around the chandelier to ensure you don’t miss any sections. If you have a classic crystal chandelier, it’s better to detach the crystal from your chandelier for cleaning. I needed to find a spray bottle (to spray a plant). I am amazed at the difference. I had a few spray bottles in the past and they all stopped working after a while. By the end my neck, shoulders and arms are seized, but I can’t stop looking up because it’s so beautiful. Copyright © 2020 The Art of Doing Stuff. I have never seen sparkle plenty ..I have used the old school method and I have two chandeliers .. The light is so much brighter now … and so glittery. My dad used to say that about all the prints left on his car windows. Our chandelier looks better than the motorcycle! certainly not just a mixture of distilled water and isopropyl alcohol dripping from a chandelier. I clean Crystal Chandelier professionally. Do you think I could use an alcohol spray on it? No amount of hand scrubbing in hot soapy water could clean it. Add 2 Tbs Prell shampoo and 16oz Isopropyl Alcohol. And when they work just as well as store bought, I feel like I’m sticking it to the man. on Nov 07, 2009. Here’s how to make your own crystal chandelier cleaning for $1.85. I loooove that sparkle plenty actually works- when a product does what it says it will, I’m usually happy to buy it but I just can’t resist a DIY sub. :-), Genius! Something like that. BRILLIANTÉ Crystal Chandelier Cleaner Manual Sprayer 32oz Environmentally Safe, Ammonia-Free, Drip-Dry Formula, Made in USA (1) 4.3 out of 5 stars 768 $21.25 $ 21 . http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Bob+Vila. Adler Small Chandelier by Gabby. If you hear from Bob Villa, please send him over, I have a whole lot of renos he could help me with😀. This texture is present to make picking up and wiping away dirt easier, but using these on light fixtures, especially crystal chandeliers, will cause them to become scratched and lose their luster. Another tip for a chandelier that is a big mess is to unhook the crystals and stick them in the dishwasher. I don’t have a crystal chandelier so I don’t know why I felt I had to read this post, but, wonder of wonders, I could relate! Loved This Old House! Testament to the world of modern medicine that the previous owner managed to live that long. It’s so calming. So months, sometimes years, after I should have, I’d take the chandelier apart and wash all the crystals by hand with Windex. If more aggressive cleaning is needed, the crystal parts will need to be removed from the frame. This was before shopping mall piercing was available, so being a wannabe DIYer, I searched my room for tools. Thanks for the new cleanser recipe! Cheers, No damaging sprays of any kind are used. Until I found my husbands motorcycle parts cleaner and it cleaned those crystals into sparkly brightness with zero effort on my part. Still don’t have a chandelier, but might contemplate one now that I can make this spray! I have a hunch it would be fine but I’d just do a test with one crystal. (DIY it). Spray On Crystal Chandelier Cleaner. Classic! From dusting to drying dishes, you’re sure to find a towel lying around. Further, shoplifting makes us all pay more due to the store’s loses. If you use about 2-4 tblsp ammonia (depending on the grease level) to a litre of distilled water (make the solution very warm), I bet you a green egg laying chicken that it will work better! Thanks for the tip. Do you think this solution will harm them & metal? Bob Vila and This Old House! If you remove the crystals from the fixture, soak them in water and effervescent denture cleaner (like Polident). Probably why I don’t have any other piercings… okay – there’s other reasons, but you get it…. But as with the chandelier you’re gonna have to suck it up and clean them by hand one more time before you start using chandelier cleaner if you’ve got an abundance of grease and gunk, lol. Hagerty 32 fl. Repeat until the water dripping off of the chandelier is clear. I use it on my stainless stove hood. And the ADDED bonus to cleaning your chandelier with either of these? This solution can be used to clean the chandelier's metal and glass cover pieces. Now getting back to the chandeliers, not all chandeliers are crystal. Made that for Christmas gifts. Oh my gosh! It will! If you take anything out of this blog, it should be this: paper towels are awful for cleaning your chandelier fixtures. There are no giant chandeliers in my future. Dust is teeny. Stealing household cleaners is a rite of passage every person should experience once. Wish I could be more help. Then set up your ladder. And I trust this will also clean the grease and gunk off of my milkglass kitchen globes without having to stand on a ladder to unscrew all six of them…. A Chrome Chandelier for Every Room. What if this home made cleaner gets on the metal parts that the crystals hang from? It gets through every little hole. Plenty and Gravel Gertie in the old Dick Tracy comic strip……. Aim you dryer down and blow off … It worked, thank you for this wonderful article. My aunt taught me another trick about this. Whether you choose a drum shade, a pendant lighting chandelier, or a full-blown crystal fixture, you will notice that it sometimes requires a more intensive cleaning than recessed can lights or typical ceiling fans. Chandelier Cleaner-91320 - The Home Depot I don’t like bleach. Thanks, Pat. The 4th video is about regular upkeep and cleaning by Chandelier Univeristy, and the last one is probably more realistic for regular folks who don't want to stand up on a ladder the whole time, and don't have a huge chandelier to clean ;) (all of the videos are fairly short and to the point) so you can choose which way YOU prefer to try. I should read the label…. I find a couple drops of laundry bluing added to it made the glass shine and with no spots. ~ karen! For best results and to make work easier, dust before washing. OMG! I’ve never heard anyone else use that phrase. Hi Jasmine, I am curious if the solution worked for you? Sparkle Plenty is around $12 for a 32 ounce bottle. The paint will melt off. Great post as always, though I agree with Robert. After reading Cathy’s comment with shampoo, water and isopropyl rings a bell but use dish detergent instead. Allow the chandelier to completely dry … I have a Swarovski chandelier with 649 crystals. If it survives, doesn’t get foggy or weird, you’ll know, you’re in like Flynn. I used alcohol for the needle. divide the chandelier into 3 sections or 4 depending on how big it is, and then start at the top and spray the different levels chandaliers all the way down. Your email address will not be published. You guys should be writing comedy. Combine 2 cups of warm water, 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol and 2 tbsp. It’s blue. Spray the whole chandelier, including the frame, taking great care not to spray any electrical components. Where I used to live, there were roaches, Windex kills roaches on the spot. The reason for that is distilled water will evaporate without leaving any mineral spots on the crystals. If I can spray it I promise I will do it more often. That’s a win. And if your chandelier is very elaborate be sure to snap a pic of it first!). Well I will try that as the cleaner I bought at the lighting store is useless ! 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