I have a feather lampshade, it's shaped like a ball and it hangs from my ceiling. Problem is that it has gathered dust and is no longer white. How do I remove the dust?
First I would us an aerosol can to spray the surface dust away. A bunch of short burst will do.
Next, depending on how durable the shade is get a soft wash cloth and some shampoo. Wash the feathers with you hand first and then squeeze the feathers with the cloth. Not too hard as these are feathers.
As they are we they will stick so use that aerosol can again to spray them to dry and to loosen them back up.
Why not use a "Feather duster" on it?
This kind of duster:
- has very little mass, so it shouldn't bend you 'feather lampshade" out of shape
- it's flexible and hairy so it gets into cracks and oddly-shaped spaces
- You can get it with a relatively long stick (see example) so standing on a chair you can reach pretty high. Although it's not impossible you might need a ladder to get to the absolute top - depending on room height.
Not that much of a "hack", but it should work.
To remove dust from feathers one neeeds to be very careful. I would recommend "GUST" it's air in a can. A hair dryer is too strong and might blow too hard and bend or or blow out the feathers and putting soaps might leave residue and again break the feathers. Delicate air in a can is the answer. There a numerous brands on the market as well used to clean off delicate items.