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Crystal chandeliers help catch refractive light and add an elegant and luxurious touch to opulent decor.  This chandelier, dripping with crystals and shining in the reflection of the light, would look right at home in a palace or opera house.

To retain the beauty and longevity of your home's chandelier, it's important that you know how to clean and maintain it. The chandelier's height, in addition to the fact that it comprises many small, delicate pieces, can make the mere thought of cleaning it overwhelming.

While spraying chandeliers may seem like the simplest method of cleaning them, experts agree that spraying is likely to result in residue and stains. In addition, the chemicals used in spraying may result in a fire hazard.

Accessing the chandelier for cleaning and maintenance can be in issue. Centuries ago chandeliers were often installed on pulleys and ropes so they could be lowered. Today, the heaviest chandeliers, such as those in the White House, are often fitted with an electric winch that allows them to be effectively lowered and supported during cleaning.

Most home chandeliers come with no such luxury. In situations where you must reach the chandelier in order to clean it, a stepladder or platform will do the trick.

Once the chandelier is reached, pieces that can be removed should be carefully unhooked and cleaned by hand with a solution of warm water and china detergent. After items are rinsed, they should be dried with a soft, lint-free cloth.

When it comes time to reassemble the chandelier, do so wearing soft white gloves. This will prevent fingerprints from forming on the newly cleaned glass.

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