April 08, 2016

Keeping Your Gold Chandelier Spick and Span

Gold ChandelierGold chandeliers are timeless, they provide a classic appeal that makes any space look elegant and sophisticated. Gold chandeliers are perfect for traditional and classic homes, as well as vintage-themed interiors.

When talking about a gold chandelier, the piece can either be made of faux gold, or gold-plated. Pure gold may be used on certain parts of a chandelier, but unlikely used on the entire fitting since solid gold is soft and does not hold shape very well.

Let's take a look at the major differences between these types of gold treatments:
1. Faux Gold Chandeliers

Faux gold chandeliers are any kind of chandelier with a gold paint finish. They contain no gold at all and are only made of paint that mimic the look of actual gold. It could be shiny or matte, painted over metal or wood, and yellowish or pinkish gold.

These are a more economical choice if you want to enjoy the look of actual gold but without investing too much.

2. Gold Filled or Solid Gold

As mentioned, chandeliers cannot consist of pure gold only because it's too soft and won't be able to hold the bulbs, shades or crystals. Some details can be made of pure gold, such as dangling pendants or other embellishments.

Pure gold is 24 karat and it's incredibly soft, so if you want something authentic and truly exceptional for a chandelier, then a piece that contains 14 karat gold is a fantastic choice.

3. Gold Plated

Gold plated chandeliers are the standard for all gold chandeliers. Gold plating is the method of covering any kind of metal with a very thin film of pure gold. The method of plating can be done chemically or through electroplating methods.

The benefits of gold plated pieces is that the metal becomes stronger. However, it can be more susceptible to nicks and dents.

How to Clean Gold Plated Chandeliers

Whether you have a classic crystal chandelier with gold-plated frames, or a gold leaf chandelier made of chrome metals plated with gold, there will always be some hesitation on your part to apply polish or any metal cleaner. This is because gold plated light fittings tend to be expensive, and the fact that they are only plated will always give owners a sense of fear that they might accidentally remove the plating and damage their chandelier.

Read another great related article: Crystal Chandelier Cleaning Guide

Here is a step by step process on how to clean your gold chandelier:

1. Remove all loose dust and dirt by carefully using a microfibre duster. Gently dust the arms, chains, bulbs, and collar, and make sure no amount of dust remains.

2. Using a microfibre cloth that's been damped with warm, soapy water, wipe all the surfaces. Use a mild, non phosphate detergent or soap.

3. You can then wipe off the soapy water with dry microfibre cloth. For stubborn grime, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently scrub the affected area.

4. Allow the chandelier to dry for an hour, then rub the surfaces with a jewellery polishing cloth. Rub in straight lines rather than circular patterns. Allow to dry.

Gold is a precious metal and owning a gold chandelier can become a true investment that's worth passing on from one generation to another.

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