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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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