Kay asked: How do I separate a lamp that is stuck to the glass glass on a table. For some reason, this lamp simply adhered itself to the round piece of glass on my chair side table. I recalled turning over a glass which held scotch and water a few weeks ago, but thought I wiped it up well. I guess not. I have tried WD 40 and thin blades. It is still stuck fast. Help!
When a lamp or other hard object adheres to a glass tabletop, the culprit is most likely something sticky. The trick to loosening most adhesives (even accidental ones) is heat, so give these simple ideas a try.
You Will Need:
- Hair dryer
- Hot water
- Butter knife
Steps to Remove the Lamp:
- First, clear the table of any extras and unplug the lamp.
- The hair dryer is easier and less messy, so start with it. Plug the hair dryer in and turn it on high heat. Blow the hot air at close range around the bottom of the lamp where it meets the glass. If possible, you can put it under the table and aim up at the glass beneath the lamp.
- Once you’ve heated the area, quickly and safely try to wedge the butter knife between the lamp and the glass top. If you notice it’s working, have someone hold the hair dryer for you while you work the butter knife under the lamp.
- If the hair dryer doesn’t seem to be effective, soak a washcloth or small towel in hot water. Wrap it around the base of the lamp and allow the heat to work.
- Wait a few moments, then try to wedge the butter knife under the lamp again. Repeat as needed until the water and heat loosen the lamp from the table.
Additional Tips and Advice
- To make the water a bit more effective, try adding dish soap to the wet cloth. The soap will work to dissolve the seal between the lamp and the table.
- Take care not to scratch the glass or the lamp with the butter knife. You may use another blunt object, but be careful with flimsy ones, especially plastic, which can break.