How to Clean a Nelson Bubble Lamp

In 1947, George Nelson created the "Bubble" lamp for Howard Miller. Airy and lighthearted, these lamps were fashioned in sturdy, lightweight steel and a special translucent white plastic. In the late 1970s, the lamps were discontinued by Howard Miller. Modernica, a Los Angeles-based modernist furniture manufacturer, is now the only official authorized George Nelson Bubble Lamp maker.

  1. Dust lamp using a feather duster or a soft, dry cloth.

  2. Place three or four drops of dish soap in two quarts of lukewarm water.

  3. Saturate a clean rag with the soap/water mixture.

  4. Gently rub the stain(s) on your lamp.

  5. Wipe the soap off with a clean, damp cloth.

  6. Dry the moist area with a soft, dry cloth.


  • Avoid using stronger solutions, like ammonia or bleach, as they could cause your Nelson Bubble Lamp to become discolored. It could also damage the plastic coating.

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