How to Clean any Lampshade

Lampshades are an essential component of any home’s lighting scheme, providing ambiance and style to a room. However, over time, they can accumulate dirt, dust, and grime, leading to a dingy appearance and a dulling of their once-bright colors. 

Read on to learn how to clean your lampshades effectively, bringing them back to their former glory.

Step 1: Determine the material used to create your lampshade

Lampshades come in a variety of materials, including fabric, paper, and plastic. Each of them requiring a different approach to cleaning, so identifying the material is essential to ensure you do not damage the lampshade.

Step 2: Dusting

The first step in cleaning your lampshade is dusting it off. This step is essential to remove loose dirt, dust, and debris before moving onto deeper cleaning methods. You can use a soft-bristled brush or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to remove the dirt and dust.

When dusting off a lampshade, always start from the top and work your way down, making sure to brush or vacuum the interior and exterior of the lampshade. This method will prevent dust from settling back onto the lampshade while cleaning.

Step 3: Cleaning the lampshade

Once you’ve removed the loose dirt and dust, it’s time to move on to deeper cleaning methods, based on the material of your lampshade.


For fabric lampshades, use a lint roller or a damp cloth to clean the surface gently. You can also use a mixture of warm water and mild detergent to clean more stubborn stains. 

Be sure to avoid saturating the fabric as this can cause discoloration or damage to the fabric. If the lampshade has any delicate embroidery or beadwork, you may need to use a more specialized cleaning method.


For paper lampshades, use a soft-bristled brush or a dry cloth to remove any dirt and dust. Avoid using water as this can cause the paper to warp or become discolored. If the lampshade has a more severe stain, use a kneaded eraser to remove the stain gently. 


For plastic lampshades, use a soft-bristled brush or a damp cloth to clean the surface gently. You can also use a mixture of warm water and mild detergent to clean more stubborn stains. Be sure to avoid using abrasive cleaners, as they can scratch or damage the plastic.

Step 4: Drying the Lampshade

 Now that you’ve cleaned the lampshade it’s time to dry it.

Use a clean, dry cloth to gently pat it dry. If the lampshade is made of fabric, you may want to hang it up to air dry. Avoid using a hairdryer or any other heat source to speed up the drying process as this can damage the lampshade.

Step 5: Maintaining the Lampshade

Finally, now that you’ve cleaned your lampshade, you’ll want to keep it looking its best for as long as possible. Here are some tips for maintaining your lampshade: 

  • ⬥ Regularly dust off the lampshade to prevent dust and dirt buildup.
  • ⬥ Keep the lampshade away from direct sunlight as this can cause the colors to fade.
  • ⬥ Avoid placing the lampshade in a high humidity area as this can cause mold and mildew growth.
  • ⬥ Use a lampshade cover to protect the lampshade from dust and dirt. This will help to reduce the frequency of cleaning required and prolong the lifespan of your lampshade.

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