Lampshades add a warm, inviting light to any room, but they also need to be cleaned regularly. Dust and dirt can accumulate quickly on lampshades, making them look dull and dingy. Have you ever wondered how to clean a lampshade? This comes to mind every time I walk past the lamp in our entryway and notice the dust. Fortunately, cleaning lampshades doesn’t have to be a chore. With a few simple steps and some common household items, you can have your shades looking like new in no time!
There aren’t many materials needed for cleaning lampshades. but before you start cleaning, make sure you have all the necessary items on hand. You’ll need a vacuum with an upholstery attachment or a lint roller, as well as some mild soap or detergent and warm water. You may also want to have some cotton cloths handy for wiping off any excess solution or dirt.
Step 1: Vacuum
The first step in cleaning your lampshade is to vacuum it using either an upholstery attachment or a lint roller. This will help remove any loose dust and dirt from the fabric without damaging it. This can be done by either removing the lampshade from the base or bottom of the lamp or by leaving it in place. If it is easily removed, I would recommend doing it. Make sure you move the vacuum slowly so that it can pick up all the dirt, but don’t press too hard against the shade, as this could damage it. Once you’ve finished vacuuming, turn the shade over and repeat on both sides.
Step 2: Wipe Down
Once you have vacuumed the shade, now it is time to wipe it down. Use a damp cloth with some mild soap or detergent to wipe down both sides of the shade carefully. If there are any areas with stubborn spots or stains, use an old toothbrush or cotton swab dipped in warm soapy water to gently scrub away at them until they are removed.
For spots that have become particularly grimy over time, mix together equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle and mist the affected area lightly. Then use a soft cloth to wipe away any residue without rubbing too hard against the surface.
After you have wiped down the shade with soap and water, take another cloth dampened with clear warm water and wipe down both sides of the shade again to remove any residue left behind from the soap, detergent, or vinegar mixture. Make sure during this process you are not over-wetting the shade because this could cause damage.
Step 3: Dry Thoroughly
Finally, use yet another dry cloth to pat down both sides of the shade so that it dries quicker. Another option is to use a hairdryer on the lowest setting to dry any remaining water off of the shade. Also, make sure the hairdryer is at a far enough distance to not cause damage to the shade. After the shade is completely dry, put the shade back on the lamp base.
Do Different Materials Require Different Cleaning Methods?
When cleaning paper lampshades, keep in mind that you may want to use gloves to prevent staining. This type of shade is easily stained by oils on your hands or cleaning products. Also, with glass lampshades, it is important to use a microfiber cloth to avoid scratching.
It is important to keep lampshades clean and dust-free in order to maintain the beauty of the lamp and your home. There are various methods that can be used to clean lampshades, but all methods are easy and take little time. With regular cleaning following these steps above, you can easily keep your lampshades looking beautiful for years to come!