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Easy ways to clean lamps

india Updated: Mar 27, 2011 00:43 IST
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Lamps are an essential part of the decor and are vital to the lighting on your curios and showpieces but cleaning them up can be quite a task. So, here are some tips on how to clean all your lamps, irrespective of what type they are.


Wrought iron lamps:

Wrought iron lamps are heavy, so use a vacuum to clean under them without worrying about toppling them over. To remove heavy staining, use a combination of baking soda, mild detergent and water to scrub over the metal, using a soft cloth.


Wooden lamps:

Get an oil-based wood soap to clean your precious wooden lamp every few months. You can also wash it with an oil-based cleanser to remove the accumulated grime. Wooden lamps that are frequently used, for instance on the study table, should be cleaned weekly with a duster.



Tiffany lamps:

A Tiffany lamp is one with different types of glass shades. To clean Tiffany products made of opaque stained glass, art glass or jadestone, apply a lemon oil-based furniture polish with a soft cloth, and wipe gently. To clean shades made of mica or fabric, use a feather duster. For bevelled or transparent glass, use a soft cloth.


Ceramic lamps:

To clean ceramic lamps, use warm water and liquid detergent. Rinse with cold water and wipe with a linen cloth. If the ceramic is porous, rub it with a soft damp cloth.


Bronze lamps:

To clean bronze lamps, either brush or wash with a bronze cleaning solution. Prepare your own special bronze cleaning solution at home with one tablespoon of baking soda and several drops of lemon juice.

(With inputs from from Sugato Bose, Pure home + living)