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Wash Lamp Shades and Fixtures

March 4, 2024

Wash Lamp Shades and Fixtures

Cleaning lamp shades and fixtures regularly is an important part of home maintenance. Dust and dirt can accumulate quickly, making rooms seem dingy. With some simple cleaning techniques, I can keep my lamp shades and fixtures looking like new.

Supplies Needed for Cleaning Lamp Shades and Fixtures

To clean lamp shades and fixtures, I will need:

  • Microfiber cloths
  • Soft brush or duster
  • Distilled white vinegar or glass cleaner
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Small vacuum with brush attachment
  • Mild dish soap
  • Clean water
  • Clean towel

Having these supplies on hand will allow me to clean any type of lamp shade or fixture. I’ll be sure to have microfiber cloths and a soft brush which are gentle on delicate materials. The vinegar, alcohol, and dish soap act as degreasers to cut through dirt and dust. The small vacuum helps me access crevices. And clean towels buff fixtures dry.

Tips for Cleaning Different Lamp Shades

Lamp shades come in all sorts of materials, so the cleaning method depends on the type:

Fabric Shades

  • I use the soft brush attachment on my vacuum to remove loose dust.
  • For dirt that won’t vacuum up, I mix together dish soap and warm water. Then I dip my cloth in the solution and gently blot stained areas of the shade.
  • When dry, I use the brush again to restore the nap.

Plastic Shades

  • I wipe down plastic shades with my microfiber cloth dampened with water and a small amount of dish soap.
  • I rinse the soap off with a clean damp cloth, then let air dry.

Paper or Parchment Shades

  • I vacuum loose dust with the brush attachment.
  • To remove smudges, I gently wipe with a barely-damp microfiber cloth and let air dry immediately after cleaning.
  • I never wet paper shades too much or they could tear or warp.

Cleaning Metal or Glass Lamp Bases and Fixtures

Metal and glass fixtures need special care when cleaning. Here are my tips:

Metal Bases and Fixtures

  • I use a soft toothbrush and mild dish soap diluted in warm water to scrub away dirt and oils.
  • For polished brass fixtures, I apply a brass cleaner afterwards to restore shine and prevent future tarnishing.
  • Once fixtures are clean and dry, I buff with a soft cloth.

Glass Bases and Fixtures

  • I mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle to clean glass. The vinegar helps cut through grease and residue.
  • Using a microfiber cloth, I wipe the solution over the glass.
  • I follow up by wiping with a clean, dry cloth to prevent streaks.
  • For very dirty glass, I apply rubbing alcohol with a cotton ball to stubborn areas. The alcohol breaks down oils.
  • I rinse with water and dry thoroughly when finished.

Regular Cleaning Prevents Buildup

Like most areas of my home, regular light dusting keeps lamp shades and fixtures cleaner in between deep cleans. I try to remember to wipe down fixtures and vacuum shades every couple weeks. This regular maintenance cuts down on dirt buildup.

For an occasional deep clean, following these methods allows me to safely clean lamp shades and fixtures of all materials. With some simple supplies and targeted techniques, I can keep my lamps shining brightly. Proper care preserves their appearance and functionality.

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