Everyone has lamps in their houses and each one has a light shade. While most lamps have a beauty aspect, if they are dusty and dirty it detracts quite a lot.
The consistent build up of dust on lampshades can even cause permanent damage and will devalue the lamp. It doesn't have to be that way. You can take some easy measures to maintain your light shades, lamps, and lamp fitters. This way your lampshades will last a long time for you. Of course, looks is not the only reason to clean them. If layer upon layer of dust is allowed to accumulate, the amount of light coming from your lamps will be greatly reduced. This will cause rooms to seem darker and can actually cost you more money in the long run, because more lamps need to be on to produce the same amount of light.
Lampshades are made of many different types of materials and each may need to be cleaned in a different way. The most common shade is made from a fabric stretched over a frame and a fitter. Fabrics give the best range of colors and patterns to match any home decor. Replacement light shades are often used to match a new carpet or drapery. The first aspect of cleaning a fabric shade is safety. You must unplug the light the remove the shade. Safety should be first for any type lamp shade, sot his step really applies to all types. You can try a new paint brush on the fabric to see how much dust you can get off. With a few strokes, you may be able to clean a fabric shade quite well. Don't forget to clean the inside as well. If the paint brush doesn't work as well as you want, you can try warm, soapy water. Be sure to rinse well in clear water and let fully dry.
If your shade is made from paper, you really can't clean it very well, except to use the paint brush and maybe some very light vacuuming. If dusting it clean this way does not work, consider a replacement light shade for the lamp.
Glass light shades are some of the prettiest and some of the easiest to clean. As with all the other types, you can start by dusting them off with the soft brush to determine how dirty the shade really is. Soap and water works great , as needed, for glass shades, just be very careful not to break it. Rinse in warm, clear water and use a soft cloth to dry.
Finally, always be sure to allow each shade to dry completely before re-installing on the lamp fitter.