Cleaning a George Nelson Bubble Lamp

Looking at the search queries in our blog stats, it seems that there are many people out there searching for cleaning instructions for the George Nelson Bubble Lamps, so here’s how.



The ones in our home/showroom don’t require much cleaning at all, to be perfectly honest, but you can give them an occasional dusting just to keep them radiant.

Because they’re made of a polymer, and not of paper, you can use a lightly damp cloth and mild soap to clean them, but we’ve found that those static cling sheets used for Kao Magic Mops  (“Swiffer” sheets for US readers) do a fantastic job.

If you can’t get your hands on those, a gentle vacuuming using the LOWEST setting and the brush attachment works too, especially if your lamps are hanging slightly out of reach.

Modernica has the care instructions buried in their website, but you can download it here.

Happy cleaning!


4 Responses to “Cleaning a George Nelson Bubble Lamp”

  1. Alexis Says:

    any advice on how to repair a George Nelson Bubble Pendant?
    I recently acquired an old clearly abused one.
    It has a small hole that I need to somehow fix.
    It also has major discoloration.

    • pomelohome Says:

      Hi there, thanks for visiting our blog.

      I’m not sure if holes in a Bubble Lamp can be repaired easily–or indeed if at all.

      The discoloration is addresed in this exchange at Apartment Therapy, and the people there seem to have some success in getting it back to its original color with a “phosphate-free TSP and a Mr Clean Magic Eraser”:

      Cleaning in progress (from the thread above):

      Perhaps you could post a question at AT about patching the hole?

      Hope that helps.

  2. Cathy Says:

    I just repaired a slight tear in a bubble lamp very successfully. I VERY CAREFULLY put gorilla glue in the tear with a toothpick, adding a tiny bit of water as is required with that glue. After the glue foamed I used a straight pin to press carefully on the surface and recreated the texture of the shade, then let it dry. It dried exactly the same color of the shade and you cannot even see where the repair was made. I was fortunate that the tear was right beside a rib, so it was easy and does not even show when the light is on. Hope this helps someone else. Cathy

  3. pomelohome Says:

    Hi Cathy, thank you very much for your helpful information on repairing a Bubble Lamp. We get a lot of visitors to this page, so I certainly hope somebody will benefit from it!

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