Accessories Care

Accessories, lamps, and collections stamp your personality on your home and add important finishing touches if they are neat and sparkling clean. Here are some suggestions on how to care for them.
Lamps, Lights, and Shades

Regularly cleaning lamps and chandeliers will keep light fixtures sparkling, making your home appear even cleaner.

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Table and Floor Lamps

  • 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.

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