Before cleaning any lamp shade or fixture, disconnect the power source (unplug from outlets).
To clean products made of opaque stained glass, art glass or jade-stone, as well as most metal lamp bases and fixture frames, apply a lemon oil-based furniture polish to a soft cloth, and wipe gently.
To clean shades made of mica or fabric, wipe gently with a soft, dry cloth or a feather duster.
To clean products made of beveled or transparent glass, apply a household glass cleaner to a soft cloth, and wipe gently.
For fixtures hanging near cooking areas in kitchens, that may have heavy layers of greasy buildup or dirt, we have found that Lemon Oil with Bees Wax Wood Furniture Polish works best for cleaning (or any lemon oil based cleaning product). Apply the cleaner to a soft cloth, and wipe gently. After cleaning, re-apply lemon-oil based furniture polish to the shade, for best results.
To clean Lithophane porcelain lamps, apply soft cloth with warm soapy water. If stain exists on non-colored area, you can apply scouring powder. Clean and dry with soft cloth, like a fine piece of China. CAUTION: Hold lamp securely when cleaning because liquid makes porcelain slippery.
Steel or Wrought Iron:
Like a car, steel frames need to be cared for and maintained to preserve the finish. The corrosion of steel is unavoidable. Any frame areas that show signs of corrosion should to be attended to immediately. Use mild soap and water with sponge or rag for normal cleaning. Recondition the finish by using a clear liquid automotive wax. This will protect and restore shine to the finish.
If Covering Rust with touch up paint:
Clean area with navel jelly. Let it set for a few minutes, then wipe clean with warm soapy water. Repeat steps if necessary. You may slightly abrade the surface with a fine steel wool pad in order for the touch up paint to better adhere to the metal. Please wipe clean before using touch up paint. When applying touch up paint, please use thin coats. Twice a year the frames should be washed with a solution of mild soap and water, and then a good quality automotive wax should be applied to the smooth surfaces. Use a clear liquid wax on all textured finishes.