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Clean Lampshades and Lamp Bases for a Dust-Free Glow

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

Clean Lampshades and Lamp Bases for a Dust-Free Glow


Keeping lampshades and lamp bases clean is an important part of home maintenance that is often overlooked. Dust and dirt that accumulates on these fixtures can diminish the amount of light they give off and make a room feel dingy. With some simple cleaning techniques, I can easily remove dust and restore the beautiful glow from my lamps. In this article, I will share my tips for cleaning lampshades and bases to remove dust and dirt.

Supplies Needed

Before I start cleaning my lampshades and bases, I make sure I have the right supplies on hand. Here is what I typically use:

  • Microfiber cloths
  • Soft paintbrush
  • Vacuum with brush attachment
  • Mild soap and water solution
  • Cotton swabs
  • Isopropyl alcohol

Having these supplies ready makes the cleaning process quick and easy. The microfiber cloths are great for wiping down shades. The soft brush helps loosen dirt and dust. The vacuum, soap solution, and cotton swabs all help tackle dirt in hard to reach spots.

Cleaning Lampshades

Lampshades attract a lot of dust and dirt due to their shape and texture. Here are the steps I follow to clean mine:

1. Remove the Shade

I start by unscrewing the lampshade from the lamp base and placing it upside down on a flat surface. This allows me to access the top and underside.

2. Dust the Exterior

Using a microfiber cloth, I gently wipe down the entire outer surface of the shade. This removes any loose dust or dirt. For textured or delicate materials, I may use a soft brush instead.

3. Clean the Interior

Next, I use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe down the inside of the shade as much as possible. If needed, I attach a brush to the hose of my vacuum to suck up any remaining dust in hard to reach areas.

4. Wash with Soap and Water

For a deeper clean, I mix a mild soap and water solution and dip my microfiber cloth in it. I wipe down the entire shade, inside and out, to remove stubborn dirt and grime buildup. I take extra care on delicate materials like silk or parchment.

5. Rinse and Dry

Once washed, I use a clean damp microfiber cloth to rinse away any soap residue. I let the shade air dry completely before placing it back on the lamp.

Cleaning Lamp Bases

Like lampshades, lamp bases also attract dust, dirt, fingerprints, and more. Here is how I clean various lamp base materials:

Metal Bases

For metal bases, I use a microfiber cloth dampened with water to wipe away dust and dirt. For tarnished brass or other metal, I use a metal polish and buff it gently with a soft cloth.

Wood Bases

Wood bases can be cleaned by wiping down with a slightly dampened microfiber cloth. For stained wood, I use a wood cleaner and follow the product directions.

Ceramic and Glass Bases

For these materials, I mix a few drops of mild dish soap into warm water and use a soft cloth to gently clean. Cotton swabs help me reach small corners and crevices.

Fabric Covered Bases

I lightly vacuum fabric lamp base covers first to remove loose particles. If stained or dirty, I spot clean problem areas with an upholstery cleaner.


With the right techniques and products, it is easy to remove dust, dirt, and grime from lampshades and bases. I like to clean mine every few months to keep them looking like new. Proper cleaning allows my lamps to give off the beautiful, dust-free glow I love in my home. Do you have any special tricks for cleaning lamp fixtures? Let me know in the comments!

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