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.4449309013 6a6888eeaa m How to Clean Light Shades

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.

Light shades is just another word for lamp shades, and come in many shapes and sizes and add to the decor of a room. Silk and stained glass shades can be very expensive with  fabric and plastic much less costly.  One of the easiest ways to change and update a room's appearance is to do a replacement of the lighting or just the lamp shades.  The first thing to consider is the lamp fitter if you are looking for a replacement lamp shade.  The fitter will determine what type and size of shade will work for you.   While replacing lamps or shades with  plug in swag lamps  may be the best option, often times cleaning the existing shades will be the easiest way to make big difference in the lighting.  It will always be cheaper to clean  than buy replacement shades.  Cleaning some types of light shades, such as a hanging swag lamp, can present challenges and are more labor intensive than others.    Here are a few helpful hints when you want to try cleaning your light  shades and by the way, some people call them lightshades.4415107926 20b9b55251 m How to Care For and Clean Light Shades

Hard Shades
The first line of defense is to perform routine lamp shade maintenance each time the room is dusted. For hard shades made of glass, plastic or fiberglass, a thorough dusting with a soft cloth on both the inside and outside is sufficient. Follow up with glass cleaner when necessary. If very dirty use a mild detergent to wash them first.  Be sure when you do any cleaning that the lamp has been off for a few minutes and has cooled .  Hot bulbs could burn you or melt your duster.

Fabric Shades

There are several ways to keep fabric shades dust-free. They can be vacuumed with the soft brush attachment or rolled with a lint roller. Pleated shades can be successfully dusted with a soft paint brush. Some shades, if they are very dirty, can be washed.  If you do decide to wash them there is some prep work that must done first. The fitter must not be made of the type of metal that will rust. It can rust as a result of the contact with water and the rust may stain the shade. Remove all washable trim. It the fabric is glued to the frame, sew it in place so it doesn’t fall apart.
Fill a bathtub or clean garbage can with water and mild detergent. Put some of the soapy water on a small part of the material to be sure it is colorfast. Submerge the lamp shade and swish it around in the water. When the water is dirty, let it out and fill with clean water. If the shade is still dirty repeat the entire process until it is clean and the rinse water is clear. Hang it up to dry.
These instructions do not apply to silk shades. They are very expensive you may wish to have them professionally cleaned.  If you want to try to wash them, a great video can be found here describing a way to clean silk shades at home.

When choosing a quoizel chandelier you should consider all of the options available. There are many different styles to consider.

Quoizel chandeliers look best in any area but particularly in the dining room and living room. They add a sense of sophistication to the area. They add class and style.

When choosing a chandelier you will want to make sure the your ceiling will be able to support the fixture. You more than likely do not want to get one that is too bulky. You may find it to get in the way.

Chandeliers give off a delicate look and feel. They add grace to the room, as well as great lighting. It adds a contemporary look or a look of formality, without being to formal.

If the fancy look is what you want, try a crystal chandelier. These add a delicate and soft look to the room, as well as sophistication and sharpness.

Many quoizel chandeliers have lampshades to choose from as well. The lampshades come in all styles, from the basic lampshade to a fancier lampshade. Adding a chandelier with lampshades adds casualty and comfort to any room.

When considering a chandelier, take in consideration of where you want to have it hang. Decide if you want chandelier lampshades or not. Choose from crystal chandeliers, or lamp style. Deciding if you want artwork added to the chandelier to give it that unique and personal touch.

The best way to clean a chandelier is to use a feather duster. The feather duster will provide a gentle touch. Using a items that are not soft can scratch the chandelier. Do not spray the cleaner directly on the chandelier. This could cause damage to the frame.

It is recommended to clean the chandelier every six months. If it gets dusty in between times then clean it again. There are many factors that could cause a more frequent cleaning, such as being close to a kitchen, or close to. You will want to make sure that the chandelier is always clean, it will enhance the look that you wanted when the chandelier was purchased.

Some chores around the house just get pushed to last on the list and cleaning lamp shades is one of them. It is that difficult, but it involves a lot of preparation, such as getting the right supplies and removing the lamp shades and then replacing them one done. A few tips can save you time and some money.

1.   It may be best to just get all your lamp shades in one area.   Many of your lamps can still provide light while you clean the shades.  It won't take all that long to do the chore, so you should be able to replace them all fairly quickly anyway.   Find a place to work, such as a kitchen table or unused room and lay down a drop cloth. Put all the shades of the same type together on the cloth. To be careful with the delicate fabrics, read the cleaning instructions carefully.

2.   If the shade is made from hard material such as glass, hard plastic, or ceramic, use the right kind or cleaner for that.   Always check which materials should not be mixed with others for safety reasons.   It is important to use the correct amount of cleaner per the written instructions.   Cleaning cloths should be stiff for harder materials and soft for the the fabric shades.   Don't mix the cleaning cloths; use one for glass and one for fabric.

3.   Use a soapy mixture for the fabric lampshades and soak the cleaning cloth first.   Wipe each fabric shade carefully with a slightly soapy cloth and be delicate to prevent scratches and wrinkles.   Take a second cleaning cloth dipped in clean water to remove the soap.   Set them aside and let them dry thoroughly.

4.   For the glass type shades use some glass cleaner on a separate cloth.  You can use more pressure with these shades to remove all the dirt, dust, and oily residue.   You will likely need to do this twice to get all the grime off.   Using a separate clean cloth and water, rinse the shade then dry with a paper towel.

5.   Let everything dry completely before replacing.   If you get to impatient, you run the risk of getting water near the electricity and that is not safe.   Get rid of all the used cleaners by flushing them down the toilet then hang the cloths in a place to dry.

Now you will have clean shades for a few months.   When your lampshades are clean, the whole room seems cleaner, especially at night when the lights are on.   Don't forget to wipe off the lamps themselves of all the dust and fingerprints.   Never wipe a lamp without unplugging the electricity.   Safety First!   You can even enjoy more of the light , now that it can get to you through your clean lamp shades.