Cleaning Stained Glass Properly
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Cleaning stained glass when it becomes dirty, allows the maximum amount of light to pass through it and thus maintains its beauty.
Comprised of several different colors and shapes of favrile glass, the beauty of this glass depends on the light it receives and transmits. The amount of the light and the direction that it hits the glass can constantly change the appearance of the artwork. Keep your stained glass table lamps and floor lamps and window hangings, chandeliers and wall sconces looking their best to show off their original colors.
Handcrafted from favrile glass, a form of glass patented by Louis Tiffany in 1894. The glass is held together with copper and solder, and cleaning products containing vinegar, ammonia, or any acid base destroys the solder holding the glass together.
Before cleaning any lampshade or fixture, disconnect the power source (unplug from outlets).
Light dusting with a feather duster or wipe with a clean dry cloth is all that is usually needed.
Grimy Stained Glass
For a grimy fixture, place a small dab of lemon-based furniture polish on soft clean cloth and wipe gently. Never apply the polish directly to the piece being cleaned.
Covered with Heavy Layers of Grease
For fixtures near cooking areas in kitchens, to remove heavy layers of greasy buildup or dirt, Mr. Clean Top Job® works best for cleaning the stained glass. Apply the cleaner to a soft cloth, and wipe gently. After cleaning, reapply lemon-oil based furniture polish to the shade, for best results.
Your stained glass fixtures will gleam and transmit colored light they were designed to shine through them to beautify your room.
Gene Haug and his wife Ardie, a retired Interior Decorator, are the owners of Smashing Stained Glass ( http://www.smashingstainedglass.com), a web-store selling Meyda Tiffany high quality stained and fused glass lighting and window panels and very reasonable prices.
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