How to Clean a Chandelier Without Taking It Down [A Quick Guide]

man cleaning chandelier

There comes a time in every homeowner's life when you’re are faced with the daunting task of cleaning your chandelier.

Chandeliers are beautiful pieces of decor that can really elevate the look of a room, but they're also notoriously difficult to clean. Many people choose to take their chandelier down and take it to a professional for cleaning, but this isn't always necessary.

There are ways to clean a chandelier without taking it down - you just need to be patient and know what you're doing.

In this article, we'll walk you through the process of cleaning your chandelier safely and effectively. Follow these steps and your chandelier will be looking like new in no time!

Step One: Gather Your Materials

Before you start cleaning your chandelier, you'll need to gather a few supplies. You'll need a step ladder, a dusting brush, clean clothes, and a mild soap solution.

Once you have all of your materials, you're ready to begin.

Step Two: Dust the Chandelier

The first step in cleaning your chandelier is to dust it. Use a dusting brush to gently remove any dust or dirt that has accumulated on the fixture.

Be sure to get into all of the nooks and crannies - dust can accumulate anywhere!

Step Three: Clean the Glass Pieces

Next, you'll need to clean the glass pieces of your chandelier.

Start by mixing a mild soap solution in a bucket. Dip a clean cloth into the solution and use it to wipe down each piece of glass. Be sure to rinse the cloth often to avoid leaving streaks.

Once you've cleaned all of the glass, dry it with a clean towel.

Step Four: Clean the Metal Pieces

After you've cleaned the glass, it's time to move on to the metal pieces.

You can use the same mild soap solution that you used for the glass, or you can use a different cleaning solution specifically for metals. Whichever you choose, be sure to rinse the metal pieces well after cleaning to avoid any damage.

Step Five: Polish the Chandelier

Once you've cleaned and dried all of the different pieces of your chandelier, it's time to polish it. Use a soft cloth to buff the fixture until it shines. This will help to protect the finish and keep it looking like new.

Glove Method

cleaning chandelier with the glove method

If you don't feel comfortable cleaning your chandelier with the methods above, there's another option - the glove method. This method is a bit more labour-intensive, but it can be effective if done correctly.

To start, you'll need to gather a few supplies. You'll need a step ladder, rubber gloves, clean clothes, and a microfiber cloth. You'll also need a mild cleaner - something like diluted vinegar or dish soap will work well.

Start by putting on your rubber gloves. Then, use your step ladder to climb up to the chandelier. Once you're in position, take your microfiber cloth and dip it into the cleaning solution. Gently wipe down each of the chandelier's arms, taking care to remove any dirt or grime.

After you've cleaned the arms, move on to the chandelier's main body. Wipe this down with your microfiber cloth until it's clean. Once you're finished, use a clean cloth to dry the chandelier.

And that's it! With a bit of elbow grease, you can clean your chandelier without taking it down.

Drip-Dry Method

Cleaning chandelier with the drip-dry method

The drip-dry method is a bit simpler than the glove method, but it's not as effective. If you're in a pinch, though, it can be a decent option.

To use the drip-dry method, you'll need:

  • A bucket
  • A clean microfiber cloth or an old t-shirt
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Distilled water (optional)

First, fill your bucket with equal parts distilled white vinegar and distilled water. If you don't have distilled water on hand, you can just use vinegar.

Next, dip your cloth into the bucket and wring it out so it's damp but not dripping.

Then, starting at the top of the chandelier, wipe down each individual chain and crystal. Be sure to really get in there and clean all of the nooks and crannies!

Once you're done, turn on the fan and open any nearby windows to help the chandelier dry. Leave it for at least an hour before turning the lights back on.


Cleaning a chandelier can be a bit of a daunting task, but it's definitely doable. With the right supplies and a bit of elbow grease, you can get your chandelier looking like new in no time.

So what are you waiting for? Get to cleaning!