how to clean a fabric lamp shade

jollyrdJuly 6, 2013

The dust on my fabric red lamp shades is hard to fight with. I vacuum, but it is hard to take it all off, even with a brush attachment. The fabric is a thick cotton or similar. These are table lamps in the living room, and wall fixtures in the master bedroom. I am tempted to switch all shades to 'plastic' type material but I would like to avoid that.

Please go ahead and post all your suggestions on how to approach this! Thank you

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Have you tried hard detergent powder? Try Shampoo and wash with soft hand warm water. I have tried this method to clean my dirty reading lamp.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 5:56AM
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If it's just dusty, try setting your hair dryer on "cool" and blow the shade clean. If it's got greasy dirt mixed in, you may need to sprinkle on some talcum powder first. Watch out, don't inhale the stuff that comes off!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 7:26AM
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Use a clean or new paint brush or if your husband has an air compressor.. that works great also...

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 3:57PM
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A lint roller works well for the outside of my Stiffel lamp shades made of a smooth, thick fabric. No solution for the thin and delicate fabric interior, which is not holding up nearly as well over time.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 10:25AM
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Above someone mentions compressed air. If you think this might work get a can of compressed air fr a couple of bucks from someplace that sells computer related stuff, try it and report back here as it sounds interesting.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 2:30PM
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