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- Unplug the lamp and remove the shade and bulb.
- Dust the bulb.
- Wipe glass, ceramic, marble, stoneware, china, or plastic lamps with a damp cloth and warm soapy water.
- Rinse with clear water and another cloth.
- Dry thoroughly, replace the bulb and shade, and plug in the lamp.
- If your lamp is brass, nickel, or chrome, dust with a soft dust cloth and polish with a cleaner formulated for the specific metal.
Remove the lampshade and place it on a solid surface. Most lampshades are assembled with glue that is easily damaged by water. Vacuum the shade with a handheld vacuum and a soft brush attachment, or use a feather duster or soft, clean paintbrush. Do not use a lamb's-wool duster, because the lanolin may stain the fabric.
Wipe metal and plastic shades with a slightly damp cloth. Dry immediately.
Metal shades may rust, especially at rivet points, and plastic shades may water-spot. Dry-clean silk shades, antique shades, or those with delicate trims.
Shade Update Tip: Refresh an old lamp with a new shade in an interesting shape or texture. For the correct shade height, have a lamp shop fit the new shade and replace the harp, which attaches the shade, if necessary. Add a new finial for a decorative touch.