Monday, June 29, 2009

Wrought Iron Chandeliers- Buying and Caring Tips


Chandeliers add charm and style to our homes. From among many varieties of chandeliers, wrought iron chandeliers are considered to be classic. Whatever style of home decor you chose, they look good with all. As these chandeliers are made of tough wrought iron, they are durable too. Thus, wrought iron chandeliers are stylish, durable, classic and compliment any style of home decor. So why wait? Go and buy some beautiful wrought iron chandeliers. Just keep the following facts in mind while buying one.

  • Measure the height of the room where chandelier will be hung. At least 6 feet 5 inches headroom should be left from the floor.
  • A room smaller than 10' by 10', can have a chandelier with 17" to 20" diameter. A room of 12' x 12' will need one with 26" or 27" diameter whereas the same should be 24" to 36" for a room of 14' x 14'.
  • If buying for dining room, the chandelier should be approximately 12 inches shorter than the width of dining table. Also, the chandelier should be 30" from the surface of the table. This will ensure sufficient light and to avoid bumped heads.
  • Wrought iron is very heavy. As such, the ceiling electrical box should be such that can support its heavy weight.
  • Although wrought iron chandeliers are classic then also some style are more suitable to particular decor styles. A simple chandelier having square or rectangular base with candle style lamp shades goes well with a contemporary or transitional look whereas a grand multi-tiered chandelier suits best to traditional style of home decor.

After you've bought your wrought iron chandelier, now comes the question of its maintenance, you sure want it to look as good as it was on the first day it entered your home. It is, in fact, very easy to maintain a wrought iron chandelier, just follow the tips given below

  • Dust the chandelier with a clean, soft cloth in every seven or ten days.
  • For a more complete cleaning, soak the cloth in a mild detergent and water solution. You can even use 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1 quart of water or a cleaner solution. After wiping, rinse and dry with a clean, soft cloth.
  • A thin coat of liquid wax can also be applied on the chandelier with the help of a clean cloth. This gives added protection to your chandelier.
  • Never hang a wrought iron chandelier in a damp area, it leads the iron to rust over time.

These simple tricks can keep your wrought iron chandelier shining.
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