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How To Clean A Lampshade

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Wondering how to clean a lampshade? We’ll talk you through the best way to clean and take care of your light shades and bring them up good as new!

Lamps are a great way to add extra design features to your decor.

Choosing a great lamp base, fantastic lampshade and your perfect lighting can be a great way to create a style statement, add task lighting, create a cosy atmosphere and really pull your room decor together.

However, just like everything else in your home, lampshades need cleaning.

They quickly gather, dust, pet hair, cobwebs and if you’ve small children… sticky fingerprints. Cleaning lamp shades regularly is the best way to avoid having to do more in-depth cleaning!

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How To Clean A Lampshade

Firstly it’s important to take special care when cleaning and maintaining delicate or valuable lampshades.

Light shades that are very ornate, valuable, antique, made from silk or embroidered silk, heavily embellished or beaded should always be cleaned by a professional cleaner following the correct cleaning procedures for the lamp shade type.

It’s also important to follow any manufacture cleaning advice which comes with the lamp shade when you purchase it or is displayed on care tags. Pay particular attention to products it suggests using or warns against!

When cleaning lamp shades you should always hold it by the fitting, not the shade which will prevent any damage, denting, tears or creasing.

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How To Clean A Fabric Lampshade

  • Firstly check any manufacturer instructions and care labels and follow them and also note the special warnings above for cleaning delicate and valuable lampshades.
  • Next unplug the lamp and remove the lamp shade
  • Vacuum the lamp shade using the soft brush attachment to remove any surface dust.
  • Then fill a deep sink or bath with warm water (don’t make it too hot). Add a couple of drops of liquid laundry detergent and swish the water with your hands to make some bubbles.
  • Place the lamp shade into the water and leave to soak for 5-10 minutes. Rotate the shade and repeat so that all parts of the lamp shade have been soaked in soapy water.
  • Use a soft microfibre cloth to wipe the surface of the lampshade from top to bottom gently.
  • Next you need to rinse all the soap from the lamp shade. So fill the sink with fresh clean warm water and swirl the lampshade to rinse the soap suds. You should do this at least twice to be sure it rinses clean.
  • Then gently shake the light shade over the sink to get rid of the surface water.
  • Spread a couple of towels onto a hard surface and put the lamp shades on to dry. To speed up the air drying process you could use a hair dryer on the low speed, cool setting and hold at least 10 inches from the fabric whilst drying it.
  • Take care to ensure all the lampshade fabric and fittings are dry thoroughly, before re-attaching the shade to the lamp base.

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How To Clean A Paper Lampshade

Okay – the key thing to remember when cleaning paper or parchment lampshades is NO WATER! Not a drop!

Paper lampshades should be dusted regularly right from purchasing and installing them so that dust and grime doesn’t get a chance to build up. Then simply follow the steps below:

  • Firstly check any manufacturer instructions and care labels and follow them and also note the special warnings above for cleaning delicate and valuable lampshades.
  • Unplug the lamp and remove the lampshade.
  • Clean a paper lampshade by dusting it gently with a microfibre cloth or feather duster.
  • Don’t use a vacuum cleaner as the suction can cause the paper to tear.
  • If there are greasy stains these can be removed using white bread! This nifty little cleaning trick really works! Just dab the stain with the white bread and press it against the greasy stain until it soaks up the greasy residue.
  • Put the lamp shade back onto the lamp.

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How To Clean Plastic Lampshades

Plastic lampshades are the most straightforward of all the many varieties of light shades to clean!

  • Firstly check any manufacturer instructions and care labels and follow them and also note the special warnings above for cleaning delicate and valuable lampshades.
  • Unplug the lamp and remove the lampshade.
  • Remove any surface dust by vacuuming with the soft bristle brush attachment or wiping with a dry microfibre cloth.
  • Run a bowl of warm soapy water – just add a couple of drops of washing up liquid to the water and swirl.
  • Dampen a microfibre cloth and squeeze out the excess water well.
  • Gently wipe the shade clean.
  • Dry the lampshade with a soft towel – I usually use a kitchen towel and then buff with a microfibre cloth to get rid of any marks.
  • Make sure the entire lampshade and fittings are dry before reattaching the the lamp base.

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How To Keep Your Lampshade Clean All The Time!

The best way to keep lampshades clean and free from dust and dirt build up is to include cleaning them in your weekly housework routine.

The simplest way to clean a lampshade is to turn it off, let the bulb cool, and then use a microfiber cloth, a soft brush, or a sticky lint roller to remove dust.

If you do this on a regular basis, your lampshade will look fantastic and you’ll avoid having to remove and spend ages cleaning them!

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Easy Housework Routine

To help you keep up with your chores, we’ve put out an easy-to-follow housekeeping schedule here. It breaks down housework chores into daily, weekly and monthly activities so you can organise your home cleaning properly.

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