How To Clean a Crystal Chandelier
Watch more Housekeeping Tips videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/126-Housekeeping-Tips Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Clean a crystal chandelier to get rid of buildup and residue, and make your evenings sparkle once more. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Unplug the fixture Unplug the fixture or turn off the electricity in the room you're working in. While you let the bulbs cool, move all furniture and breakable objects out of the work area. Step 2: Put a blanket on the floor Place a thick blanket on the floor under the fixture, which will soften the fall should you accidentally drop a crystal prism. Tip Before you take it apart, take some digital photographs of your chandelier to help guide the reassembly. Step 3: Remove the bulbs Climb your stepladder and remove all the bulbs in the chandelier. Set them aside. Step 4: Cover the sink bottoms Place two large bath towels on the counter: one for dirty crystals, and one for clean ones. Tip Placing pieces in a plastic colander inside the sink is another way to protect the crystals before you wash them. Step 5: Clean in sections Carefully remove the crystals from a section of the chandelier, and place them on the first towel. Wash them in the soapy water, rinse in hot water, and wipe dry. Then place them on the second towel. When you're done with the section, replace the prisms before moving on to the next section. Repeat until you've cleaned all the crystals. Tip The tiny wires that connect the prisms to the frame can be tricky to unfasten. A pair of needle nose pliers helps. Try not to bend and unbend wires unnecessarily as they can break. Step 6: Wipe and buff frame Dampen a rag in the soapy water, wipe down the frame of the chandelier, and buff dry. Be careful not to get the wiring wet. Metal frames should be cleaned with an appropriate metal cleaner. Let the frame dry completely. Tip If your chandelier is looking shabby even after you clean it, you can find several sites on line that sell replacement prisms. Step 7: Reassemble Reassemble your fixture, being careful not to twist the chandelier too much, since you can loosen it from the ceiling. Turn the fixture back on and marvel at your room's brilliant new vibe. Did You Know? Legend has it that Galileo discovered the law of pendulum motion by looking up at a cathedral chandelier during a church service.