01 Feb How to Clean an Antler Chandelier
Anyone who has ever had chandelier lighting within their homes will know just how stunning and ambient the radiant lighting that a chandelier can cast.
It’s fair say that these unique lighting fixtures add a truly unique style within any room. No matter what style your chandelier is, be it, traditional crystal, stainless steel, copper plated all made from resin or real antlers. You can be sure that they will enhance their surroundings and create wonderful centrepiece within your home.
The one problem that many chandelier owners will face however, is that they can be a magnet to dust and be extremely delicate to keep nice and clean.
If you are considering purchasing a faux antler chandelier, then bearing in mind that it will most likely be made from acrylic, and this material requires special cleaning instructions that you must not be ignored. If however, it’s a natural antler, you will also need to follow the correct steps to ensure that you do not damage them and that they will be cleaned correctly..
In this article, we will try our best to explain the best way to clean both faux and real antler chandeliers.
How to Clean Antlers
It is widely recommended that when you bring you’re fresh natural antlers back home to the very first time, that you should clean them with bleach and hot water.
Many of the tutorials that you see online assume that you brought the antlers straight in, directly from the woods. This is because natural antlers may still have the Velvet which is still attached, and this is what needs to be treated before you mount them and turn them into a chandelier.
Fortunately, when you purchase antlers chandeliers today, all of this hard work has already been done for you. we strongly suggest that you avoid using hot water or bleach on your antler chandeliers, particularly if they painted as this will remove the paints. If you do happen to purchase antler chandeliers that have been painted, then we suggest using distilled white vinegar which would do the job perfectly.
You can always use most commercial surface cleaners instead, but we much prefer using this method as not only is it gentler on your wallet, but it will also be much more gentle on your chandelier which can sometimes be delicate.
The best place to start would be to ensure that your chandelier is turned off. Then, wait a good 30 minutes before you attempt cleaning your antler chandelier as electricity can sometimes linger within the bulbs and you do not want to electrocute yourself for obvious reasons. It also allows the bulbs to cool as well.
Once the lightbulbs have sufficiently cooled, then grab your stepladder out, and get ready to start cleaning! With a soft, dry shammy, firstly wife off any of the excess dust that is clinging on to your antler chandelier and don’t forget to include the bulbs. It may take a few times to go over everything, just to make sure that all of the dust and dirt has been sufficiently removed.
The next stage, is to prepare your cleaning solution by mixing a cup of distilled white vinegar with around a quarter of a cup of warm water. Dip your shammy into your cleaning solution (making sure to rinse off the excess fluid in the process) and then simply wipe over all the surfaces gently. Congratulations, you have officially cleaned your antler chandelier!
How to Clean Acrylic Antler Chandeliers
Whilst you may be able to get away with using a multipurpose cleaner on unpainted or unvarnished natural antlers. Unfortunately, this is simply not possible on acrylics.
When exposed to strong chemical cleaners, acrylic will break down, so you must take extra care to use a mild solution to avoid this happening. As we mentioned before, the distilled vinegar solution in our opinion is the best way to go.
After you have used your mild detergent solution or distilled vinegar upon the acrylic antler chandelier, you need to make sure that all of the surfaces that you have cleaned, have been well rinsed of any soapy solution. Simply grab some warm, clean water, and dip your soft rag into it.
Clean the antler chandelier in exactly the same way as we mentioned before, making sure it has been dried thoroughly before you leave.
Other Kinds of Faux Antler Chandeliers and Painted Chandeliers
If your chandelier has been made from a different type of material, other than the acrylic. That the best way to move forward is to look on the back of the bottle for the cleaning instructions for the suggested materials to which it has been made to be used.
Try and find out what to paint has been used as some can be much more resistance to harsh chemicals and others.
If you’re unsure exactly what your and the chandelier has been made from, simply contact the manufacturer and find out from them. We will do our best to list all of the available information on our website so visit the product page and look under the specifications for more information.
Vinegar and water is a very versatile cleaning solution which can be used on almost any material, So it is an extremely safe bet as it is not strong enough to harm any paints or resins.
Although using stronger chemicals may be able to get rid of six layers of dirt and dust more easily, try and get into the habits of a routine for cleaning your antler chandeliers regularly. Then, accumulation should never be a problem again!
A Final Word of Warning
It will come as no surprise to know that electricity and water simply do not mix. It is important to ensure that all sockets which include light bulbs on your chandelier are free from water and that no water has seats into one of the electrical outputs. If you are unsure, wait until you are absolutely certain that it is dry and does not pose a threat.