How to remove water stains from a lampshade

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How to remove water stains from a lampshade
Lampshades can accumulate dirt, dust and stains. (night lamp / bed lamp image by Sid Viswakumar from

Like other furniture and lighting fixtures, lamps need to be dusted on a regular basis. Lampshades can be harder to clean, though, because the dust sticks to the lampshade and needs to be washed off. Other stains, like water stains, can also affect a lampshade and must be removed. The cleaning method used depends on the type of lampshade you have. Fabric lampshades are cleaned differently than parchment, plastic or laminated lampshades.

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Things you need

  • 2 soft cloths
  • 1/2 cup laundry soap
  • Tub or sink
  • Small bowl
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp mild washing powder
  • Whisk
  • 2 sponges

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    Washing Fabric Lampshades

  1. 1

    Remove the lampshade from the lamp. Unscrew the light bulb and lift the lampshade up and off the lamp.

  2. 2

    Wipe dirt and dust off of the lampshade with a dry cloth.

  3. 3

    Remove the fabric lampshade from the metal frame, if possible.

  4. 4

    Fill a tub with enough water so you can fully submerge the lampshade in the water.

  5. 5

    Add 1/2 cup of laundry soap to the water. The water should be sudsy, so add soap as needed.

  6. 6

    Submerge the lampshade into the water.

  7. 7

    Dip a soft cloth into the sudsy water and rub it over the water stain.

  8. 8

    Rinse the soap off the lampshade with clean water.

  9. 9

    Put the fabric back on the metal frame if you were able to take it off.

  10. 10

    Let the lampshade dry outside.

    Washing Parchment, Plastic or Laminated lampshades

  1. 1

    Remove the lampshade from the lamp stand.

  2. 2

    Fill a small bowl with 1/4 cup of water.

  3. 3

    Add 1/2 tsp of mild washing powder to the water.

  4. 4

    Whisk the mixture until a large amount of suds form at the top of the bowl.

  5. 5

    Skim the dry suds with a dry sponge. Don't dip the sponge into the liquid.

  6. 6

    Rub the suds onto the water stain until it comes out.

  7. 7

    Slightly dampen another sponge and use it to remove the dry suds.

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