How to Clean Stiffel Lamps

Stiffel lamps are attractive, antique-style lighting options that add a classic elegance to any room. The lamps bases are made of metals such as brass or stainless steel, and topped with light-colored lamp shades, typically shaped with a colonial design theme. These lamps are popular in many homes, as they provide a timeless elegance that can transfer with the times, fitting perfectly into room designs that will change over the years. Cleaning the lamps is a fairly easy task when using a few simple cleaning ingredients.

Things You'll Need

  • Duster

  • Microfiber cloth

  • Metal polish

  • Broom, optional

Step 1

Dust the lamp every one to two weeks using an all-purpose duster. This will wipe away dust as it accumulates, displaying the polished shine of the lamp base.

Step 2

Moisten a microfiber cloth with metal polish. Most metal polishes are suitable for use on all metal types (brass, copper, stainless steel). Simply read the product label to be sure the polish is suitable for your lamp material.

Step 3

Wipe the damp cloth over the base of the lamp, rubbing in small circular motions to restore the polished shine of the lamp. Continue until the entire lamp has been cleaned.

Step 4

Remove the lamp shade when a duster is not enough to keep the shade looking its best. Take the shade outdoors, and tap the top and bottom of the shade gently, using a broomstick or similar item. This will break away built up dust with ease.

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