How to Clean a Lamp Shade

Lampshades do tend to stay out of your way when it comes to cleaning, but keep in mind that dust will be building on them each day. With just a few simple and easy steps, you can prolong the life of your lampshades and keep them looking attractive. Read this article for some basic tips and instructions on cleaning different types of basic lamp shades.

Cleaning a Lampshade

Keeping your lampshades in good, clean condition will not only keep them looking nice for guests. By consistently taking care of lampshade maintenance, you will be prolonging the lifespan of your lampshade, saving you both time and money. Furthermore, cleaning your lampshade will also allow the maximum amount of light to shine through it and will get the most out of your light bulbs. Although basic lampshade maintenance is simple, each different material of lampshade will require subtle differences in cleaning.

Fabric Lampshades

One of the most common lampshade materials is fabric. Fabric allows for artistic expression, vivid colors and beautiful designs. For basic cleaning of fabric lampshades, first turn off and unplug the lamp before you remove the lampshade completely. Take your soft brush and begin to brush off the dust. Do this in long, smooth strokes from the top of the lampshade to the bottom. If you have a vacuum attachment with very soft bristles, you can also clean your lampshade more deeply. Again, slide the vacuum attachment from the top to the bottom as you clean. Avoid using a brush or a vacuum attachment if you notice any rips or tears in your fabric lampshade. Instead of taking the risk of making the problems larger, simply take a blow dryer on the lightest, coldest setting and knock the dust off that way. Remember to clean the inside of the lampshade as well. For authentic fabric lampshades that have actually been stitched, you may submerge it under warm soapy water if it becomes seriously stained by something. Next, dunk it in cool, clean water until the soap is gone.

Paper Lampshades

The major component of cleaning and maintaining your paper lampshade is dusting. By simply using your soft brush to remove any dust, you can keep all of your paper lampshades looking new and lasting long. Turn off and unplug your lamp before you remove the lampshade. Simply dust from the top to the bottom of the lampshade in slow, smooth strokes. You should also follow the same process on the inside of the lampshade.

Glass Lampshades

Elegant and beautiful, a nice glass lampshade can change the look of a room. Fortunately, keeping one in good shape is not difficult. First, be sure to dust the lampshade at least once per week if not a few times per week. When you want to clean your glass lampshade, turn off and unplug the lamp before you remove it. Take a soft cloth and cover it with warm, soapy water. Use the cloth to wipe down the lampshade. Next, take a soft cloth covered with clean, cool water and wipe away the soap. Rinse the cloth and repeat that step until all of the soap is gone. Use a dry, soft cloth to dry the lampshade.