How to Clean Lamps of Different Materials

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Worried about cleaning your lamps without breaking or obtaining a squeaky clean? You will need to follow the necessary procedures to get sparkle and keep them safe. Other than producing lights the lamps also have to be sanitary for proper lighting and maintenance. Below are different types of lamp material and cleaning procedures;

a. How to Clean Brass & Bronze Lamps

Without proper cleaning, your Copper lamp could start looking old and discolored. To polish, only use a damp cloth to wipe it. Avoid using detergents or household cleaners. You could also use lemon, ketchup or vinegar as the best way to clean brass lamps. Rub on the surface of the lamp, rinse, dry, and then finally buff to shine.

b. How to Clean Glass Lampshade

Glass lampshade lighting fixtures are delicate; first, you have to protect your working surface. It limits losses of breakage. Use a lint-free cloth that is soft and clean together with Windex. Ensure the inside is dry before assembling the parts of the lamp. Failure to do this causes condensation hence inappropriate look.

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c. How to Clean Crystal chandeliers

 It’s hard to clean crystal chandelier or crystal pendant light. And here are the easy steps;

1. Using a cleaning solution of one part Isopropyl alcohol and four parts of distilled water in a spraying bottle.

2. Clean or wipe the crystal lamp using sprayed flint free cloth or white cotton glove.

3. Dry immediately after wiping with a dry piece of fabric.

4. More dirt calls for cleaning with mild dish soap and a hand-washing.

d. How to Clean Metal Lampshades

With time dust particles heap up on lamps creating ugly coatings on their surface. Use a soft fabric to wipe the metal parts with warm soapy water. In case it's filthy, use extra fine steel wool for rubbing to loosen built-up dirt. For spots of difficult reach, use medium bristle toothbrush.

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e. How to Clean Lava Lamps

 Accessories in the houselike lava lamps require cleaning and appropriate maintenance. Dust the lamp weekly; ensure this is after it cools. Monthly, wipe down unplugged lava lamp with a clean wet cloth dipped in warm water. It should be dry before plugging to the outlet. To remove any stains add mild soap to the warm water used for cleaning.

f. How to Clean LED Lamps

Cleaning LED lamps require very minimal effort. You could dust your floor lamp using a gentle duster to avoid abrasions. Also, wiping bulbs using a damp towel to make bulbs clean. Essential oils can be used on LED bulbs too. You could use mint or thyme oil wash.

g. How to Clean Oil Lamps

Cleaning oil lamps involves simple steps. Sink the glass chimney in hot soapy water and wipe with a towel to remove suit and dust. Rinse with clean, warm water and air to dry. Trim the wick or replace if burnt.

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h. How to Clean Tiffany Lamps

Tiffany pendant light is fragile hence needs careful handling. Unplug and cool lampshade before cleaning. Use a lint-free cloth with lemon oil furniture cleaner to clean the opaque, colored glass and jade. For beveled glass panels, use ammonia free glass cleaner to wipe the boards. Clean the porcelain with a damp lint-free cloth wrung out of warm dish soap water. Buff with a dry lint-free cloth to shine.

I. Best Ways to Clean Lampshades

Procedures for cleaning lampshades depend on the type of material. The materials include fabric, paper, parchment, plastic, and other materials.

1. Clean Fabric lampshade

Hoover the lampshade to remove dust and dirt. Soak fabric in soapy water, brush gently with a soft brush, rinse then air to dry.

2. Clean Paper Lampshade

A paper lampshade shouldn't sink in water. It softens and wears out. Dust or hoover the lampshade then gently rub with a damp cloth to clean dirt.

3. Clean Parchment lampshade

Hoover the parchment to remove the dust. A lint roller can be of use in picking up the dirt while rolling over the lampshade.

4. Plastic lampshade

It needs the most straightforward cleaning. Regular dusting can remove dirt as well as wiping with a damp piece of cloth. You can dry a lampshade with a clean towel.


Lamps need proper care to prolong their span. Cleaning enhances their effectiveness and purpose, i.e., for table light, quality illumination, flux, and ambiance improve. Different lamp materials have diversified cleaning techniques. The above mentioned can help you make your lamps as good as new!