Nancy asked: How do I clean a 70s swag lamp? I’m not sure of the material, but it feels like some sort of plastic or resin. It looks like fine strings were wrapped around a beach ball and sprayed with something to keep its shape once the ball was deflated.
Swag lamps come in a variety of styles and colors. For this delicate style of lamp, gentle cleaning methods are a necessity. Use the methods below to remove the dirt and dust without removing the glue that holds it together.
You Will Need:
- Mild detergent
- Soft cloths
- Vacuum with attachments
- Cheesecloth or old nylons
- Rubber band
Steps to Clean the Lamp:
- Begin by removing surface dirt by dusting the surfaces of the lamp.
- Swiffer dusters will trap dirt from small creases and crevices without any rough rubbing. The surface can also be wiped down with a soft cloth.
- If there is a large amount of dust/dirt build-up a vacuum may be the easiest and quickest cleaning method. Cover the attachment with a nylon or cheesecloth and secure with a rubber band. Use the vacuum to suction the dust off of the lamp.
- To wash off grimy areas, fill a bucket with water and add a small amount of soap.
- Moisten a cloth with the soapy water and wring it out thoroughly. It should be just slightly damp.
- Use the moistened cloth to clean any dirty areas.
- Do not submerse the lamp in the water as this can loosen the glues that hold it together.
- Rinse with a clean cloth moistened with plain water.
- Allow to air dry or dry with a soft cloth.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If there are stains or dark areas, try scrubbing them gently with a soft toothbrush. A small amount of soap can be added as well to add extra cleaning power.
- If the materials are cloth and cannot tolerate liquid, skip those steps altogether. Simply dust or vacuum the lamp thoroughly.