How to Clean Your Crystal Chandelier

What is it that makes a dazzling chandelier the centerpiece of your dining room or master bedroom?  How do you give a small room chandelier impact?  It’s the brilliant sparkle of course.  We have a quick and simple solution on how to clean your crystal chandelier.


We find that preparation is the key factor.  After you purchase your crystal chandelier it’s a good idea to keep the trimming instructions in a safe place for future reference.   In addition, we also recommend you take a picture of the trimmed chandelier and keep it with the instructions.

Weekly dusting with a feather duster or microfiber cloth will keep the crystal nice and clean.  At the same, don’t forget to wipe the dust off the light bulbs. With that in mind, our blog series on selecting the light bulbs are valuable reads.  Furthermore, regular maintenance will keep your crystal fixture sparkling forever.


Next, is our quick crystal cleaning recipe.  Spraying your chandelier a few times a year or as often as necessary removes surface film and dirt off the crystal.  Below is our homemade cost effective solution.


  • 1 part isopropyl alcohol
  • 4 parts distilled water


Make sure the power to the fixture is turned off before cleaning your crystal chandelier.  Simply pour the alcohol and distilled water into a clean spray bottle and shake.

Then, put towels or a drop cloth under the chandelier.  Saturate the crystal but be careful not to spray toward the light sockets or wires.  Finally, carefully wipe off the solution with a clean, dry lint free cloth.

Please note crystal chandeliers that are in kitchens will need to be cleaned more frequently to remove the greasy buildup.


Lastly, we recommend that once a year the crystal should be deep cleaned.  Therefore, all the crystals and bobeches must be removed from the chandelier.  Lay them out in an orderly fashion and wash them the old fashioned way.  Gently place a few of the crystals in a bucket of warm sudsy water, rinse and dry with a clean lint free cloth.

This is the perfect opportunity to do a maintenance check.  Examine the crystals for chips and ensure the pins are shut tightly. Carefully put the crystal back on the fixture.  At this point, refer back to the trimming instructions and picture.


To sum up, by following the simple directions it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.  The work is done, now stand back and enjoy your gorgeous crystal chandelier!   Lastly,  our blog The Ultimate Crystal Chandelier Guide is a great read to giving valuable information on crystal lighting.

FAQ on Cleaning Crystal Chandeliers

Why does my crystal look cloudy?

Kitchen grease and dust can give your crystal a cloudy appearance. By cleaning the crystal with the alcohol and distilled water solution or sudsy water, the crystal will sparkle again.

If I spray my chandelier with the solution will it damage the frame?

No. The isopropyl alcohol and distilled water solution will not pit the frame. However, try to spray only the crystal. Make sure to turn the power off and not soak the sockets.

Why do I have water spots on my crystal chandelier?

A common cause of water spots is from hard water. Simply spray with the alcohol and distilled water solution and carefully wipe with a clean lint free cloth. Make sure the crystal is well dried.

One reply on “How to Clean Your Crystal Chandelier

  • Sylvia Albro

    Thank you for the sharing. Crystal is a beautiful substance and adds an air of elegance to your home when on display. However, it does attract dust, and cleaning crystal glasses, bowls, or vases after a dinner party can seem like a tedious chore.

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