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The cleaning session over, you can finally contemplate the result. It is true that you can be proud of your work by looking around, but have you thought of looking up? We are not talking about the ceiling (even if a broom in the corners would not hurt) but your lights. Unfortunately suspensions and chandeliers are real dust nests and they can be discreet as long as you do not take a look at them. It's an opportunity or never! And to help you, here are some very useful tips to make your chandeliers and pendant lights all their beauty.
What precautions should be taken before cleaning chandeliers and suspensions?
Before starting your cleaning activity, make sure you have cut the electricity from your electrical panel. Do not just press the switch, it would be a shame to receive a juice as a reward for your efforts. When the risk of electric shock or electric shock is gone, you can start the real business. Since most of the work to be done is at a height, you need to have a stable step ladder in good condition. We insist on this point because the risks of falling are significant. Forget the wobbly chairs or tables and if possible, be assisted to ensure your stability. This time, it's good, you can start!
How to clean a chandelier?
Let's start by describing more precisely what is meant by chandelier. It is a luminaire suspended from the ceiling, recognizable by its imposing size and its decorative vocation. Chandeliers that could be considered classic are often made of crystal and have pendants (pieces of ornament hanging from the chandelier), but more modern chandeliers can be made from more original materials. In all cases, the chandelier imposes by its size and its complexity. This characteristic unfortunately makes its cleaning tedious and complicated especially if the chandelier cannot be lowered temporarily. To clean all crystal or glass parts, only one method has proven its worth: rub your chandelier with a soft cloth slightly moistened with household alcohol. Always be delicate because the object remains fragile. For cleaning the body of the chandelier, soapy water must be able to do the trick. If the bronze, brass or even copper chandelier is oxidized, use specialized commercial products or opt for grandmother's tips. Be careful not to rotate your chandelier. It is up to you to circulate around for cleaning otherwise you risk loosening it and dropping it. A final tip if you are working at height: hang an umbrella from your chandelier to protect the pendants that could fall.
How to clean a suspension?
Also defined as a pendant light from the ceiling, the pendant light is the practical and design solution for all our indoor homes. If it can be of classic invoice (with a lampshade for example), certain models compete with daring and creativity, in particular the pieces signed by great designers like Poul Henningsen or Ingo Maurer. This often makes cleaning the object quite complicated because it can be made up of many elements with different materials. In the case of the lampshade, especially if it is made of fabric, the pendant light tends to catch dust. There is no point in rubbing because the dust will only get even more encrusted. The best solution is to dust with a vacuum cleaner or even a hair dryer (by blowing cold air). It is rare that the lampshade is dirty but if it is the case, treat only the stained part (to avoid halos) by rubbing delicately with a cloth of water soaked in soapy water.
For a suspension made up of several elements, it is better to refer to the instructions for use if you have one or even contact the brand's customer service who can advise you on the best actions to maintain your suspension. By regularly cleaning your pendant light with a feather duster, you ensure sufficient maintenance without the risk of damaging your object.
How often to clean chandeliers and hanging lights?
Cleaning once a year is more than enough. Common sense would say that if you notice that your chandeliers and pendant lights are dirty then it's time to clean them. The main enemy of chandeliers and suspensions is dust. To avoid having to clean them too often, remember to protect them when you undertake work in your interior.