How to Remove Water Stains From a Lampshade

Like other furniture and lighting fixtures, lamps need to be dusted on a regular basis. Lampshades can be harder to clean, though, because the dust sticks to the lampshade and needs to be washed off. Other stains, like water stains, can also affect a lampshade and must be removed. The cleaning method used depends on the type of lampshade you have. Fabric lampshades are cleaned differently than parchment, plastic or laminated lampshades.

Lampshades can accumulate dirt, dust and stains.

Washing Fabric Lampshades

Step 1

Remove the lampshade from the lamp. Unscrew the light bulb and lift the lampshade up and off the lamp.

Step 2

Wipe dirt and dust off of the lampshade with a dry cloth.

Step 3

Remove the fabric lampshade from the metal frame, if possible.

Step 4

Fill a tub with enough water so you can fully submerge the lampshade in the water.

Step 5

Add 1/2 cup of laundry soap to the water. The water should be sudsy, so add soap as needed.

Step 6

Submerge the lampshade into the water.

Step 7

Dip a soft cloth into the sudsy water and rub it over the water stain.

Step 8

Rinse the soap off the lampshade with clean water.

Step 9

Put the fabric back on the metal frame if you were able to take it off.

Step 10

Let the lampshade dry outside.

Washing Parchment, Plastic or Laminated lampshades

Step 11

Remove the lampshade from the lamp stand.

Step 12

Fill a small bowl with 1/4 cup of water.

Step 13

Add 1/2 tsp. of mild laundry detergent to the water.

Step 14

Whisk the mixture until a large amount of suds form at the top of the bowl.

Step 15

Skim the dry suds with a dry sponge. Don't dip the sponge into the liquid.

Step 16

Rub the suds onto the water stain until it comes out.

Step 17

Slightly dampen another sponge and use it to remove the dry suds.