Interior Design Tips: How to Clean Lights and Shades and Other Secrets
Being a part of the lighting design world, we get asked a lot of questions on how to keep your mid-century lamps in a near mint condition. The truth is, interior design lovers spend thousand of dollars creating their perfect home, or putting together a jaw-dropping project for a five-star hotel or luxury store, and it is only natural that they want to make sure their thousand-dollar-worth pieces live a long and happy life, clear of dust and other bad practices. So, what we did was put together all your questions and create this master-post where we tell you all the best interior design tips and how to clean lights and shades, as well as other top secret tips for you to keep your interior design on point all the time, all year round.
The following are just a few tips on how you can maintain your mid-century modern light fixtures and have them always looking stunning and in perfect condition. However, this doesn’t mean you should not read the cleaning and care instructions that come with your lamp. So, keep in mind that you should always try to figure out what it’s best for your lighting fixture. Hopefully, this article will help you understand what best suits your needs! Now, go grab a pen and paper and start taking notes!
PREPARING TO CLEAN…
Before cleaning any lamp or lampshade, be sure to unplug your light from its power source and disconnect it from all power outlets it might be connected to.
Unscrew the articulations so the arms of your lamps move more freely. This will ensure you don’t do any permanent damage to the electrical connections.
Take off your light bulbs, avoiding contact with the glass part. If need be, make sure to replace them with the recommended light bulb for your lamp.
IRON, ALUMINUM, COPPER
The best way to clean lamps that are made of iron, aluminum or copper is by using a clean soft cloth and then proceed to gently wipe the lamp. However, take note that solid metal bases can also be polished using lemon oil. The best tip is to be careful when wiping the lamp, always using gentle motions.
Brass bases are lacquered to prevent tarnishing. This means that using a brass cleaner is usually not necessary. However, in order to maintain the finish, you can use a clean and soft cloth to wipe your lamp. This will ensure you will have a shiny and clean lamp at all times!
In order to clean all the colorful parts of your lamp, you should make sure to use a clean and soft white cloth. If you prefer, you can dampen your cloth with a mild solution of soapy water, as it will help to keep the dust away for longer. You should thoroughly rinse the cloth in clean water and then re-do the whole process.
Marble can look stunning, but it should be well kept in order to stay with you through the years. Again, you can use a clean cloth to wipe the stone. You may also dampen the cloth with a mild solution of soapy water for a better cleaning process.
WHICH LAMPS SHOULD I USE?
It is great that you now know how to keep your lighting fixtures in the best conditions. However, the most important thing is placement. If you don’t know how to use them in your interior design project, chances are they will look out of place and not in sync with the whole home decor you are planning. We have put together a couple of infographics with ideas on how to use mid-century modern lamps across your home planning, and also which light bulbs might be the best ones for you. Take a look!
LED light bulbs are trending right now. However, that might not always be the best solution for the mid-century modern lamp you have just bought. Check out this quick guide we found to be super helpful when planning an interior design project. You can also learn how to install recessed lighting in this article we have written for you.
Mid-century pendant lights are also great for bigger projects. Think contract, hospitality. In the photo above you can see them displayed in a very glamorous mid-century restaurant bar.
LEARN FROM THE BEST
So, now you have chosen the right lamp, you know where you are going to place it, and you even know how to care for it thanks to the lighting fixture cleaning tips we have given you at the beginning! But the beauty of good lighting design is being able to customize it and make it perfect for the project you are planning. Yes, bespoke design is an actual thing, and DelightFULL has a wide array of finishes you can choose from. But we will let you see for yourself…