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How to Clean a Metal Lamp

Dirty lamps are commonly overlooked in house cleaning rituals, although over time dust particles build up into an unpleasant coating that clings to the lamp and refuses to let go. A dirty lamp can easily become an eyesore in any given room.

Clean a Metal Lamp

Things You Will Need

  • Soft clean cloth
  • Mild dish soap

Dirty lamps are commonly overlooked in house cleaning rituals, although over time dust particles build up into an unpleasant coating that clings to the lamp and refuses to let go.  A dirty lamp can easily become an eyesore in any given room. Cleaning metal lamps is slightly different than cleaning any other lamp, but this simple chore can enhance a room in minimal time. 

  1. Unplug the lamp from the wall and set it on a towel near the sink.
  2. Unscrew the light bulb and set it aside. Remove the lampshade.
  3. Fill the sink with warm water and add 2 tablespoons of a mild dish soap.
  4. Soak a soft clean cloth in the water and wring it out well.
  5. Wipe the lamp with the cloth. Rinse out the cloth in the sink and continue to wipe the base of the cord until it is clean.
  6. Use paper towels or a clean dry cloth to dry the lamp.
  7. Fill the sink or the bathtub with enough warm water to cover the lampshade and add enough soap to make the water sudsy.
  8. Set the lampshade in the water, Use a soft bristle brush to gently scrub the lampshade clean.
  9. Rinse the lampshade by dipping it in clean clear water two or three times.
  10. Hang the lampshade to dry by tying a string to the middle of the frame. Suspend it over the shower curtain bar or on a clothesline until completely dry.
  11. Tip

    If the lampshade is partially wet but not dripping, you can put it back on the lamp and turn the lamp on to dry it.

    Warning

    Use caution not to get the cord or the socket wet as this may damage the lamp.

Things You Will Need

  • Soft clean cloth
  • Mild dish soap

Tip

  • If the lampshade is partially wet but not dripping, you can put it back on the lamp and turn the lamp on to dry it.

Warning

  • Use caution not to get the cord or the socket wet as this may damage the lamp.

About the Author

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.

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