A coating of dust and pet hair can dull even the most stunning lamp. So how to clean lampshades without damaging them? If you’re splurging on a living room lighting, a bedside lamp, or a statement shade, you want it to last. “Cleaning lampshades is a delicate job that most homeowners do not think about until [lampshades] are covered with dust,” says Shoshanna Shapiro, owner and principal designer at Sho and Co. in Frederick, Maryland. Whether you’ve got a fabric lampshade, a paper lampshade, a parchment lampshade, or any other type of lampshade, AD has the tips to keep them looking good as new.
Cleaning lampshades is easier than you think, especially if you approach the process as you would maintaining delicate upholstery. The thing to remember before you deep clean is that not all lampshades are created equal, and it is vital to understand the lampshade material you’re working with before reaching for a spray bottle full of bleach or white vinegar.
Luckily, we’ve got experts chiming in with their best DIY tips on how to clean lampshades (like using a soft brush to wipe away dust in less than a minute!). Read on for more bright ideas.
What is the best way to clean lampshades?
“To maintain quality and prevent damage, all lampshades—whether they be glass, fabric, rattan, or wicker—should be dusted with a microfiber cloth or feather duster at least once a week,” advises Ben Marshall, creative director at Hudson Valley Lighting Group. For the best result, unplug the lamp fixture, and then remove the shade and the light bulb during each cleaning.
Should your lampshade have stains, a toothbrush or a soft brush can come to the rescue. Simply wet it with warm soapy water and gently tackle the trouble spot on the fabric lampshade. For a glass lampshade (like those cute mushroom lamps), use a dry microfiber cloth to buff away fingerprints and other smudges.