Clean lampshades regularly, or they will be difficult, if not impossible, to clean. In most people’s homes lampshades are in full view, so they need frequent dusting with a vacuum cleaner or feather duster. Always unplug lamps before cleaning them.
Paper Shades – Uses a dust cloth to clean paper shades, and pay special attention to any creases. Do not use water, since it will cause distortion. Paper shades can be relatively cheap – consider replacing shades that become very dirty.
Fabric Shades – Uses the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner to clean a fabric lampshade. Do not wash the shade – the fabric could shrink, and the metal frame may rust. If the shade is very dirty, have it professionally cleaned.
Parchment Shades – Dust gently, and remove marks with an eraser.
Plastic and Glass Shades – Wash in a dishwashing liquid solution, then rinse and dry.
Silk Shades – Have silk shades cleaned professionally before dirt stars to show.
Straw Shades – Vacuum raffia and straw shades frequently, since they tend to trap dust.
Vellum Shades – Mix together one part soap flakes, one part warm water, and two parts denatured alcohol. Wipe the lampshade with this solution. Rinse with a cloth dipped in denatured alcohol, and apply a little wax furniture polish.