Basic Lamp Shade Cleaning
This is usually the part where you're told that regular care and lamp shade cleaning will allow you to avoid washing or deep cleaning. Sorry, clean freaks, but there's no getting around it: as time goes by, lamp shades are bound to pick up dust, smoke, discoloration, or stains from accidents and/or the general environment.
That said, you can lessen the toll time takes by supplementing your standard cleaning routine with a few creative tools or techniques:
Don't forget to dust and clean the inside of the lamp shade, making sure to turn the lamp off before cleaning when you do. Some shade materials can heat up, so if you have an art glass or metal shade, give it a chance to cool down.
Lamp Shade Washing and Deep Cleaning
Is your lamp shade turning into a lamp eclipse? When the dust settles or shade darkens, it's time for a deeper cleaning. However, there are important material and design issues that should be considered before washing a lamp shade — namely, is it washable? If you're not sure, check the manufacturer's information that came with it.
You're not out of the water yet — or into the water, in this case. If your lamp shade is glued to its frame, cleaning via immersion could ruin its shape. Instead, try these alternative approaches:
Other washable fabric lampshades can be immersed repeatedly in a mix of lukewarm water and a quarter-cup of detergent. Dry as mentioned above.
For deeper cleaning of glass lampshades, apply a lemon oil-based furniture polish with a soft cloth.