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Caring for your lamp shade

Cleaning

All of our prints have a protective coating that is water and abrasion resistant. First dust with a clean dry cotton cloth or clean soft brush.   After dusting, wipe the print surface with a clean damp cotton cloth.  Best to use distilled water.  Do not use any soap or cleaning agent. If helpfull, you can remove the shade from the frame as explained below under "Replacing the shade".

Straightening

If the four sides of the shade are not the same size or one of the corner boards is not vertical, you can move the corner boards a little with gentle pressure.

New spring-loaded version

Prior to November 2018 shades are tightened in frame by loosening two screws, pulling the horizonal strip, then tightening the screws. The new design after that uses a spring to keep the shade tight.

Replacing the shade, new version

You can replace a damaged shade or order a new shade with a different image from Photo-Lamps.com. Note that one pair of horizontal strips has a small hole near the center. This strip is spring loaded to keep the shade tight. To loosen the shade for removal requires two people. One needs to compress the spring by pushing the horizontal srip towards the center while the other inserts a small wire (such as a paper clip) or small nail into the small hole. Do this on both the top and bottom. Then the shade can be lifted off the frame.

Now you can install the new shade. With two people holding the new shade, carefully lower it and stretch over all four corners evenly, to start with about an inch over each corner. Then lower until the top of the shade lines up with the top of the frame, and remove the wires from the small holes.

Tightening original version

Your lamp shade may loosen over time. To tighten, first notice that one of the four corners is adjustable, with a long slot in the two horizontal wood bars. First tighten the top, then the bottom. Loosen the thumb screw on top, pull the slotted bar away from the center, then re-tighten the screw. This operation will be easiest with two people, one to stretch the shade and the other tighten the screw. Repeat with the bottom screw.

Replacing the shade, original version

You can order a new shade with a different image from Photo-Lamps.com. Loosen both screws as described above then lift the shade off the frame. Press the adjustable corner all the way towards the center on the top and bottom. With two people holding the new shade, carefully lower it and stretch over all four corners evenly, to start with about an inch over each corner. Then lower until the top of the shade lines up with the top of the frame, and tighten first the top bar then the lower one as described above.