Most people never need to clean a chandelier more than once a year. In many cases, especially with new house constructions, once every two years will suffice. Cleaning a chandelier can be intimidating, but the shining result is well worth the time and effort.
Install alternative lighting nearby, since you won't be able to use the chandelier for lighting while you're cleaning it. Second, turn off the fixture's power at the wall switch. Place a piece of tape over the wall switch so that no one can turn it on accidentally while you're working.
After cleaning, let the whole lighting fixture to dry overnight before turning its power back on.
Before disassembling your fixture, always make a diagram of where all the removable part of the chandelier belong.Another solution is to clean the chandelier by sections.
An elegant yet delicate lighting fixture like a chandelier will surely add more glow to your room if it's clean, sparkling and without all that dust and grime. In order to maintain a chandelier's glow, you'll need to have a spray bottle, some cleaning cloths, ammonia, approved cleaning fluids, isopropyl alcohol, masking tape, some sandwich bags and rubber bands. When you have all these in your disposal, here's how to clean and maintain your fixture properly:
Cover any upward-pointing bulbs with the sandwich bags, and secure these bags with rubber bands. Place a drop cloth below the chandelier after covering the bulbs.
Create a solution of one part isopropyl alcohol or ammonia in three parts distilled water. Or, if you don't want to mix your own cleaner, buy a special chandelier cleaner from a lighting retailer. Put some solution in a spray bottle. Spray every component of the fixture with the cleanser, and avoid the wires and other electrical parts.
Do not put crystal pendants back to the chandelier while they are still wet. It may cause the corrosion of the metal parts of the frame.
Let the crystals drip-dry. If your fixture is too dirty for drip drying, you should hand-wash each crystal with the appropriate cleaning mixture.
Do not handle crystal with bare hands. Always wear white cotton gloves. Crystal picks up fingerprints easily.
Remove the plastic bags once the crystals have dried, and wipe down the light wells and other noncrystal parts with a cloth dipped in a cleanser.
Candle chandeliers require a bit of maintenance in the sense that apart from the regular cleansing and polishing of the chandelier frame, one has to also ensure that molten wax from the candles does not seep into the nooks and crannies of the chandelier carvings. Accumulation of the wax will give the chandelier a mottled appearance. Another thing to consider is that if the chandelier is made up of glass or crystal, then you have to clean the surface thoroughly or the fumes from the candles will blacken them.