Though many consumers are familiar with the value of their Tiffany lamps, not everyone knows how to properly care for the antique lighting fixtures. Tiffany lamps made from lithophane porcelain in particular are often left to gather dust, as the owners are too afraid of damaging the detail work. With the right instructions, you can feel confident in caring for your gorgeous lamps.
When cleaning lithophane porcelain Tiffany lamps, begin by unplugging the lamps from the wall. Mix together four cups of warm water with a few drops of mild dish detergent. Dampen a clean cloth with the mixture and firmly, but gently, rub the porcelain portions of the lamps. With a clean, dry cloth, dry the lamps.
For many people, cleaning a Tiffany lamp is a daunting task. Essentially, they are worried that if they use the wrong cleaner or rub too hard damage will be done to the lamp’s delicate glass. With the right knowledge; however, you can keep a Tiffany lamp in mint condition.
First, you need to determine the type of glass used in the lamp’s creation. For a Tiffany lamp made from opaque stained glass, art glass, or jade stone use oil-based furniture cleaner. Simply squeeze a small amount of the cleaner onto a clean rag and gently rub the surface of the lamp. The oil should be worked into the glass and excess dirt should be removed.