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Here's What You Need To Know About Cleaning Your Lamp Shades

May 4, 2023 at 7:57 PM PST
Cleaning Lamp Shades

Here's What You Need To Know About Cleaning Your Lamp Shades

May 4, 2023 at 7:57 PM PST

It’s the details that matter when upkeeping a tidy home. Details like regularly cleaning your lamp shades help keep your home pristine. Oftentimes, people overlook these items, which can lead to an increase in dust and allergens. Lamp shades accumulate dirt and grime over time, making them look dull. However, cleaning your lamp shades can be tricky if they’re made of delicate material.

If you want to improve your home’s indoor air quality and keep your lamp shades in tip-top shape, here are some tips for cleaning them effectively.

various materials of lamp shades
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Know The Material Of Your Lamp Shade

Before cleaning your lamp shade, determine its material. Different materials determine different approaches to cleaning. Using the wrong cleaning approach can damage the lamp shade or reduce its lifespan. Most lamp shades are made out of glass, plastic, metal, fabric and paper. Most of the manufacturer’s labels and website will have cleaning instructions for your specific lamp shades.

Remove Debris And Loose Dust

Your lamp shades will most likely have loose dust and debris. When cleaning, you first want to remove the dust and dirt. You can use a lint roller, vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment, or a soft-bristled brush to do so. Remember to be gentle while cleaning, so you won’t damage the shade. Use a soft microfiber cloth to wipe away the remaining dust on the shade.

Use A Gentle Cleaner

Once the loose dust and debris are removed from the lamp shades, use a gentle cleaner to spot clean remaining dirt or stains. The cleaner must be gentle enough for the material your lamp shade is made out of. Avoid using harsh chemicals when cleaning to avoid doing damage to your shade. Do research to find the appropriate cleaners for your lamp shade. For example, glass lamp shades can be cleaned with a glass cleaner, while fabric shades need a gentle detergent.

cleaning solution
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Test Before Going All In

To ensure that the cleaner doesn’t discolor or damage your lamp shade, it’s important to test it on a small area of your shade. Wait for the test area to completely dry before proceeding to clean the rest of the shade. Do not oversaturate the shade or apply too much pressure, which can damage the lamp shade. If your shade doesn’t require much cleaning, only spot clean the areas that need attention. After applying the cleaner, use a clean, soft, dry cloth to blot away excess water. Air dry your lamp shade before reattaching it to your lamp.

Know When To Hire A Professional

If your lamp shade is made from delicate materials, like silk or antique paper, hiring a professional to clean the shade may be better. If you decide to clean it yourself, you should avoid using cleaning solutions and water that can damage the shade.

A good rule of thumb is to clean your lamp shades at least once every six months. With these tips, you’ll maintain a clean and tidy home as well as great air quality in your home.



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