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Cleaning Your Lamp Shade

Lamps shades can collect quite a bit of filth and grime, from time to time. Majority of the time, it is due to neglect. The task of cleaning is too easily overlooked or readily forgotten. I remember my mother taking all of our dusty dirty lamps out of the house and shoving them into our garage and purchasing new ones. What a waste I tell you! Before throwing out that lamp of yours or stuffing it away in storage, why don’t you give it a good clean?

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Before attempting to clean your lamp, you would first need to determine the type of lamp shade you have. There are all sorts of lamp shades. Lamp shades are made with just about any type of material. They can be crafted with materials such as: silk, glass, metal, paper, or folded fabric (hardback). Once you’ve determined what your lamp shade is constructed with, you can then proceed with cleaning your shade.

The first thing you would do would be to remove the shade from your lamp. Take a relatively soft cloth and lightly brush off the dust. Remove non-washable items off the shade and start cleaning!

What You Will Need:

1)      Soft Cloth
2)      Water
3)      Mild soap/detergent
4)      Sink
5)      Vacuum attachment
6)      Newspaper

Type of Material
1.       Silk
2.       Folded Fabric

Cleaning
Go over shade with a cloth
Can be hand washed (sink) with cold water
Use mild soap (baby soap) and mix it into the water
Gently pat the shade and swirl the water around it- lifting it out of the water and into the water and moving it back and forth
Rinse and place on a towel to dry

Notes
You can use one of your soft vacuum brushes to wipe off the dust
Spot clean with lemon juice or vinegar (be sure to test it first)

Type of Material
3.       Glass

Cleaning
Soak shade in warm water with a bit of laundry detergent
Use a damp cloth to wipe off grime
Set shade out on a towel to dry
Go over shade with window cleaner and cloth to remove any streaks.
Set out to dry

Notes
You can use newspaper to instead of a cloth to remove any streaks from your shade.

Type of Material
4.       Paper

Cleaning
Dust off with a cloth or vacuum brush

Type of Material
5.       Metal

Cleaning
Go over shade with cloth
Clean with mild soap and water
Use a cloth to dab dry
Set out to dry

Type of Material
6.       Plastic, Laminated

Cleaning
Go over shade with a cloth
Mix a bowl of :
½ a cup of warm water, mixed with mild soap. Mix at a high speed to produce foam
Dip cloth in foam and go over shade
Set out to dry

Notes
Make sure not to press too hard on the bindings
After cleaning your lamp shade and letting it dry, place the shade back onto the base.
If you’re completely dissatisfied with your lamp and find that even cleaning the thing won’t work, you can find loads of eco-friendly lamps on Eco-lights.com. All lamps are compatible with energy saving bulbs.

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