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Eehh... Hand Cleaning is Definitely Better
on September 8, 2012
I bought this product at a local lighting store after reading the reviews here. I HATE cleaning my chandelier by hand. My wifey warned me not to buy it, but it's so cool looking when it's clean. Now I suffer twice a year. I was mentally prepared for this product to not perform, and I would have to say it wasn't ideal. My chandelier has 300 globe crystal prisms and 400 teeny-weeny ones strung like chain with gold clasps. So you see why I just had to try something else. Anyway, the store I bought it in that sells chandeliers told me they don't use the product. I asked why. They said it wasn't quite good enough for them. So, I went home, laid out my plastic with towels on top, covered the bulb sockets with the cut off fingers of nitrile gloves, and sprayed from bottom-to-top & back down as the directions say. The crystals on the bottom half were passable, but the top half was unacceptable. I got out the spray bottle & did it again, this time concentrating the spray at the dirty ones up top. I could see that the grunge wasn't going to come off, so I got out a roll of paper towels & hand-wiped all 300 globes while they hung on the lamp. Yeah, they're sorta clean now, but I have all those little dudes that aren't quite where I want them to be. I did notice early on as I was wiping that the cleaner that got on my hands dried into a sticky film, so it's safe to assume the same film is left behind on the crystals. I can easily see how this cleaner can do a passable job on certain kinds of chandeliers, ones that are up high & farther away from discerning eyes, and ones that don't have a large number of facets like mine to make the rainbow effect. But it just doesn't cut it on crystals with large numbers of facets that require exceptional clarity to sparkle brilliantly.
It's 2 hours later now, I just got all the bulbs installed, turned them on, and can see that the residue left by this cleaner prevents the high intensity sparkle/prismatic effect. After all that work I just went through I can say I'm not pleased with the results. One thing I wish I'd thought of was to spray rinse the chandelier with distilled water to get off the cleaner residue. I really want to give this a chance, I really do.
Something that's entered my mind is that the spray concept is really good. When I do my prisms by hand I usually use 100% denatured alcohol, and that is an awesome cleaner. The dirt & film fall off quickly and it dries within 10 seconds or so to absolutely perfect brilliance. The problem is spraying it liberally inside one's home is a good way to make a lot-sized crater where your house used to be, not to mention the toxic fumes you'd be breathing. There's got to be a way... I just did a side-by side comparison of Sparkle Plenty with a standard, well-known, non-ammonia glass cleaner. I sprayed the well-known cleaner on, let it drip off, then rinsed with water, and did the same with Sparkle Plenty. The crystal treated with the well known brand was brilliant & flawless. Not so with this cleaner - it had smudges & a dull film. So there you have it. I know what I'm going to clean my chandelier with next time I do this.