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Cleaning Your Lamp Shades

If you have velvet or silk lamp shades, you want to hire a professional to clean them. But for other types of fabric shades, here are a few handy tips. Shades are huge dust collectors, so you want to be sure to clean them periodically .

For Fabric Lamp Shades

  • Fill bathtub with lukewarm water
  • Insert two capfuls of Woolite and stir
  • Gently roll shade from side to side in the water
  • Distribute water evenly over the shade
  • Use a sponge or rag to help if needed
  • Use damp sponge or cloth over the shade to rinse off solution
  • Be sure to wipe inside and outside of shade
  • Blot the shade dry with colorfast towel or paper towel
  • Do not leave droplets on the shade to cause water spots
  • Place on bottom rim on a clean towel on a flat surface
  • Let shade air dry until completely dry
  • Return shade to lamp when dry

For Non Fabric Lamp Shades

  • For non fabric shades, use a feather duster outdoors to remove dust.
  • Don't use a wet cloth or sponge. You'll just create mud on the shade.
  • Replace shade if it gets too dirty. That's cheaper and healthier than living with a dirty, dusty one.

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