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How To Clean Your Lantern


Q. I have a lantern that has a removable glass covering, and it has soot all over it. How can I get it off?
— Dirty Lantern Lee, Eagle River, Alaska

A. Dear Dirty, Great question. Lucky for me, it’s a really easy one. And lucky for you, cleaning a lantern is easy too. I checked with the folks at Coleman ( and they confirmed that all you need to do is carefully remove the globe (that’s the glass covering) and wash it with soapy water. If your lantern happens to be a very old collectible Coleman lantern, then be extra careful not to scrub too hard and remove the logo as it’ll decrease its value. New lantern or old though, a clean globe will improve the brightness of your lantern come camp time.

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5 Comments on How To Clean Your Lantern

  1. ScienceMan // June 4, 2017 at 6:41 pm // Reply

    Get an LED lantern! They’re safer, getting to be just as bright, and better for the environment long term. Many models are now coming into the market aimed at long-term camping.

  2. You have told “Dear Dirty” how to clean the globe of this lantern…but not how to clean the lantern itself which I think was what he was asking. Soot is very difficult to remove and you have not answered the question.

  3. also you could put some clear soap on it before you go camping to make it wash off easesr in the furture

  4. Scouter Deryck // November 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm // Reply

    Get some (cold) ash out of a fire pit. Make a paste with water and gently rub it on and rinse off. This will also clean the inside window of a fireplace insert.

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