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How to Remove Fly Spots From Lampshades

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How do I remove fly dirt from satin lampshades please?

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Flies have dropped their dirt on to my satin lampshades...can you help by telling me how I can remove this please? I have not tried anything to remove this yet, but would welcome your advice. The lampshades are cream and so, I am keen to return them to new condition....thank you!

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Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

Those dark specks are fly excrement and are a protein stain. They should be treated with cold water and a cotton swab dipped in 1 to 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to treat each stain. Test it first in an inconspicuous spot to see if there is color transfer. If the color seems stable, treat each spot but then "rinse" with clear water using a clean white cloth dipped in water.

To prevent water marks, you will need to then fill a bathtub with lukewarm water and a mild detergent like Woolite. Using a soft brush, go over the entire lampshade and then rinse well. Dry immediately in the sun or use a fan or hair dryer on low to prevent the shade frame from rusting and discoloring the fabric.

I will tell you that depending upon the age of the shades, they may not survive the washing. Only you can determine if it is worth cleaning or if replacement shades are a better option.

Good luck!

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