How to clean lead(ed) lamps?

How to clean lead(ed) lamps?

Post by rick.. » Sun, 02 Jun 1996 04:00:00



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        I have an old stained glass tiffany lamp and would like to know
how to clean the lead. What do you use? I'm concerned about damaging the
lead.

 Any help appreciated,thanks.

 
 
 

How to clean lead(ed) lamps?

Post by M. Sava » Sun, 02 Jun 1996 04:00:00


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>         I have an old stained glass tiffany lamp and would like to know
> how to clean the lead. What do you use? I'm concerned about damaging the
> lead.

>  Any help appreciated,thanks.


when you say "Tiffany lamp" is it a true Tiffany? or is it a lamp you
bought at a home depot or something? if it's not a tiffany, you could
either remove all the wires and carefully clean it in a sink with a
nylon brush, joy, and baking soda. if the lamp is made with lead came,
you'll have to be careful not to rip apart the lamp. another way (i you
dot' want to remove the hardware) is to use spray on pledge (furniture
polish).

If it's a true tiffany, I'd be very, very careful to clean it, I might
use that pledge technique.  But because of it's expense I'm not sure if
I would try it.

---Mike Savad

 
 
 

How to clean lead(ed) lamps?

Post by paul roy » Fri, 07 Jun 1996 04:00:00


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>         I have an old stained glass tiffany lamp and would like to know
> how to clean the lead. What do you use? I'm concerned about damaging the
> lead.

>  Any help appreciated,thanks.


If it's a valuable lamp (a true antique), don't do anything to it. If it's
merely an old lamp, then do what you will.

How "dirty" is the lead. If it's merely gone a dark, dull grey, that's
what normally happens to the lead and no matter what you do to it, it will
always end up looking like that with time. If it's truly gunked up with
stuff, then you can do what I do to new lead: Tkae the glass shade off the
lamp and wet it down. Sprinkle with Comet, Ajax or the like and scrub with
a nail brush. Rinse well and dry. The lead should look like new.

--
paul royko
Toronto, Canada

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It frustrates you and irritates the pig...Lazarus Long

 
 
 

How to clean lead(ed) lamps?

Post by Gary Shul » Sat, 22 Jun 1996 04:00:00


The other's warnings about not damaging a truly valuable lamp are good.
One other way of cleaning that you might consider is go to your local
stained glass dealer and get glass cleaning compound. It comes in a liquid
and dries cloudy white. GENTLY rub the glass after the liquid dries and
this will remove the and polishe the glass.  You might try it on a sample
piece of glass before trying it on the lamp to be sure you are getting the
desired effect you want.

=Gary

Quote:

> --
>         I have an old stained glass tiffany lamp and would like to know
> how to clean the lead. What do you use? I'm concerned about damaging the
> lead.

>  Any help appreciated,thanks.