How to clean your lampshades

How to clean your lampshades
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Fabric lampshades can pose cleaning challenges depending on their shape & construction but there are tried & tested ways to clean most…

Drum shades can be cleaned using a lint roller or a microfiber cloth.  The lining can be easily vacuumed & wiped with a cloth if necessary.

Fabric lampshades can be carefully vacuumed using the upholstery brush attachment or by covering the crevice tool with tights (to prevent threads being pulled loose).   Alternatively a hairdryer on cool setting can be used.   For fragile lampshades an artists brush can be used; starting at the top, working your way down the shade in long sweeping motions to remove any dust.

For silk shades a ‘Dry magic’ lampshade cleaning sponge can be used. These are reusable & easily found on-line.

Upcycled Lampshade

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This lovely project was brought to me by my client who had bought an vintage lampshade frame & wanted it to be updated with a dramatic fuchsia pink Harlequin fabric which matched her new curtains.  The shade would be hung above a dining table so would be seen from the underside but was not to be balloon lined as it would hide the pattern on the fabric.  A pattern was made from the frame rather than the old fabric covering.  Fabric cut on the bias to allow the fabric to be stretched tight onto the frame.  The freshly painted frame was bound with India tape at the top & bottom to allow the new shade cover to be be sewn into place.  As the underside of the lampshade would be seen from below, the India tape was covered with braid to match the braid used on the face of the shade.  I am sure it looks stunning in its new home.