July 29, 2001
Dust your lampshades regularly
come in all shapes, sizes and materials. Regular dusting is the best way
to keep them clean. Here are some handy tips for the care and cleaning
of the lampshades in your house:
Use a soft cloth,
brush or feather duster to dust the inside and outside of a
lampshade. Avoid touching the shade with your hands as oils from
your skin can discolour the covering material and attract dirt.
A pleated lampshade
is best cleaned with a vacuum cleaner.
To clean a plastic
or fibreglass shade thoroughly, dust it , then wipe it with a cloth
dipped in warm, soapy water. rinse and dry it. Avoid wetting glued
parts and wires.
Rub off spots and
marks from paper lampshades with an eraser. To keep parchment paper
from drying out , rub once a year with some castor oil.
Cotton, linen or
silk shades should be professionally dry cleaned because making them
wet may cause them to shrink and warp the frame.
Some rayon and
nylon shades that are sewn and not glued to their frames and have
colour-fast trims can be washed. It is best to wash a lampshade on a
clear, dry day when it can dry quickly so that its frame wonít
Before washing a
shade, dust it thoroughly. Then fill a tub with warm soapy water so
that it covers the shade. Immerse the shade in it and swish it up
and down. If the water gets very dirty, change it and wash the shade
again.Rinse a few times, blot with a towel and hang in the shade to
Lampshades can be
dried indoors too, under a fan, as it helps to circulate the air and
speed up drying.Sags in the fabric will disappear as the shade
Donít try to
protect a new shade by keeping it wrapped in cellophane even when
put to use. the cellophane may shrink due to the heat from the bulb
and warp the frame, leaving brown marks on the fabric.
General stains can
be removed from shades made of bukram by rubbing them with
Shades made of
metallic paper can be cleaned by rubbing them with a mixture of 1
tbsp turpentine and 150 ml paraffin. Wipe off.
Always switch off
the light and unplug before cleaning the shade.
(Compiled by Chetna)