The picture shows a number of products, appropriate for cleaning a chandelier.
These blue microfiber cloths are very practical because of the smooth surface.
If the lamp is not too dirty, we use hot water and cleaning vinegar.
We usually clean the frame and the drops manually.
If the lamp is very dirty or very old, we remove the drops from the chandelier and we soak them in a solution of hot water and St. Marc or washing soda. Then we rinse them with clean hot water and dry them one by one with a tea towel.
Sometimes we spray a chandelier with a solution of St. Marc or Dasty, it works fast but you have to be very carefull, you may damage the metal or painted parts of the chandelier.
We do not clean the metal frame to intensely, for we don’t want the old patina to disappear, we just take off the grease.
But a brass Dutch chandelier will shine beautifully if you polish it with brass polish. The ones that are coated with a layer of lacquer can not be polished.
We use small cone-shaped pointed pliers and wire cutters to re-attach the drops to the chandelier.
For patinating brass pins and wire, we use a solution of hot water with a dash of ammonia and a dash of liquid bleach.
Coated brass parts and brassed steel cannot be patinated.