Cleaning Lamp Shades
You might find it easier to clean your lampshade in your kitchen sink or the bathroom. Depending on how much dust they are holding, you can determine. Just keep in mind that the floors in the bathroom or kitchen are usually easier to clean up than carpeted areas.
Take your lampshade off your lamp base. Vacuum as much dust as possible from between the pleats with the brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner.
You want to use lukewarm water that you can immerse your shade in. This makes cleaning infinitely better and easier.
Use silk laundry detergent (or any other detergent that is made for your delicate items. The silk detergent prevents watermarks and staining. It also prevents color fading that you will find happening with normal detergent.)
Gently scrub the sides of your shade very carefully - you can use your hand but a small bristle brush will remove more debris from the surface. Make sure you keep the pleats pleated by be gently. You will need to use your fingers to get in between the pleats.
All your shade to sit, immersed, in the water for about 10 minutes. This will get any deep down particles that may still be on your shade.
Once you have waited your 10 minutes, drain the water. Refill it with lukewarm water and again immerse your lampshade in it. Swish it back and forth until it is completely rinsed. Depending on how much soap you used, you may have to drain the water and rinse again.
The last step is giving your lampshade time to air dry. You can speed this process along. Allow it to sit in a well ventilated room with fans blowing on it - gently. If your material seems to be looser than before, just wait until it is completely air dried and it should return to its normal elasticity.
Make it a great one!
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