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Cleaning Pleated Lamp Shades

I must admit, I have not been very vigilent cleaning (dusting) my lampshades.  Because we're still home-bound, I've found plenty of "cleaning" to do.  These blasted shades are a mess.  The top layer of dust has been removed, but silly me, I used a damp sponge and now any of the dust remaining shows up in little black spects of dust  You Tube says using Magic Eraser which I did, but it just took off the top layer.  Micro fiber cloths did nothing.  Is there a secret someone is willing to share for successful lamp shade cleaning.  PLEASE!!!

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Re: Cleaning Pleated Lamp Shades

@coffee drinker   Give your vacuum cleaner a try with the right narrow attachment.  Normally, a feater duster is good for lamp shades because it removes the dust but gently.

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Re: Cleaning Pleated Lamp Shades

I used to use an old paint brush when we had pleated shades.

 

Are they fabric or the plasticy ones?

 

If they are the plastic type put them in the shower.

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Re: Cleaning Pleated Lamp Shades

I don't know about pleated shades but they say lint rollers work well on shades in general.  As for myself, I use Scotch packaging tape if the dust is bad.  It works great.  Put a strip on the shade and then remove it, the dust comes off on the strip.

 

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Re: Cleaning Pleated Lamp Shades

@coffee drinker 

 

  If they are not plastic, Have you tried a handheld hairdryer on low to medium?  Perhaps the heat will dry everything out, and the air will blow it away...

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Re: Cleaning Pleated Lamp Shades

Assume you are talking fabric?  Use low power on the vacuum with a long, soft bristled brush.  Often you have to buy this type of brush separately.  Once you have this kind of brush you will find a lot of uses.

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Re: Cleaning Pleated Lamp Shades

I use my vacuum cleaner w/ attachments to go over my lamp shades.  I don't have any pleated shades anymore but that's what I did on the ones I used to have.  

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Re: Cleaning Pleated Lamp Shades

For years now I have every spring I have washed them at kitchen sink.. I use dawn. make a suds in a large bowl and hold over sink. I use a soft brush and suds to wipe down the shade and rinse with spray. I use slightly warm water.  I then take them outside to patio and they dry there..I cannot remember where I read to do this..My shades are fabric...Kichen and great room all in one room so soiling a problem. I was worried first time I did this but first shade turned out so nice and clean that I just kept doing..My big shades I used bath tub.. and hand held sprayer..I decided I had to something or get new shades..I take several magazines so most likely read to do this in one of those.Good luck if you decde to do this..I remember I was worried but sure glad it worked for me..

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Re: Cleaning Pleated Lamp Shades

How about a Swiffer duster?  

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Re: Cleaning Pleated Lamp Shades

I use a soft baby brush on my lampshades.