We install your fabulous new window treatments and then the holidays come around and you wonder – how do I clean these?
Well no matter what style of window treatment you have, you will do well to remember two basic rules:
Keep the Dust Off
Dust will collect anywhere, anytime and will collect moisture. Moisture will then attract more dust and also dirt. Hard-surface products like blinds and shutters are best dusted with a feather duster or a soft filament duster or wide paintbrush. Soft products like cellular shades, roman shades or drapery stay cleanest with a twice-a-year gentle vacuuming with the brush attachment on a vacuum. Chemically treated dusting cloths must be used with care, certain sheer shading products can be damaged with these.
Below you will find great ways to clean almost any window treatment and remember that you can contact us any time you have questions or concerns or need professional help.
Faux Wood Blinds
To keep and maintain the natural look of your faux wood blinds, we recommend wiping them off with a soft cloth, a feather duster or using the brush attachment from your vacuum cleaner. Unlike real wood blinds, faux-woods can be cleaned with a mild non-abrasive soap and warm water. Always remember to rinse thoroughly and allow to dry completely in the open air before placing back in the window. Remember to never use hot water and to clean on a weekly basis, and you will always be able to enjoy the natural look of wood.
Honeycomb Cellular Shades
Honeycomb cellular shades are both durable and functional. To keep your honeycomb cellular shades looking like new, we recommend regular dusting with a feather duster. You can also use the brush attachment of your vacuum or even blow off dust with a can of compressed air. If you need to deal with stains, blot with a damp sponge and a very mild soap. If this does not take out the stain, you can remove the honeycomb cellular from its mounting bracket and soak it in warm, mild soapy water. Be very careful! Make sure to test the soap on a discreet corner first and rinse thoroughly. When you are ready to put your honeycomb cellular shade back in the window, make sure to raise the shade tightly to re-crease the pleats.
How often you clean your blinds is really dependent upon you and your family, the climate you live in and the overall traffic that moves through your house on a daily basis. Your blinds will attract dust, dirt, pollen, hair, grease and even bugs!
Mini, Wood, Faux and Vertical blinds should all be lightly cleaned on a weekly basis. By lightly cleaned, we recommend simply dusting them off with a dust rag or feather duster once a week. Eventually, a light dusting will not remove all of the dirt, so you will need to be a little more aggressive.
Mini blinds are easy to clean and maintain. A good way to start is by opening your mini-blinds and going over them with a vacuum. Usually your vacuum will have a soft brush attachment. Run that over the slats, as it is a good way to get the dust. Then remove your mini-blind from the headrail. Lay out your blinds on a padded, flat area. Make sure your mini-blinds are in the closed position. Use mild soap and water (warm, not hot), you can use Windex glass cleaner or a diluted pine cleanser. Soap thoroughly, then rinse gently. Now either turn the blind over or open it the opposite way, and repeat the process. One important thing to remember is, after rinsing, allow your mini-blinds to dry .
Natural Woven Shades
Natural woven shades are quite unique. They provide a relaxed look and feel to any room. To keep your woven woods looking like new, we recommend cleaning on a regular basis using a feather duster or the brush attachment on your vacuum. You may want to start by raising and lowering your natural shades to help reduce dust, and then use a soft dust cloth until you are familiar with the uniqueness of the material. It is simple to continue to enjoy the relaxed beauty of your natural woven shades
Pleated shades are both durable and functional. To keep your pleated shades looking fresh and new, we recommend regular dusting with a feather duster. You can also use the brush attachment of your vacuum or even blow off dust with a can of compressed air. If you need to deal with stains, blot with a damp sponge and a very mild soap. If this does not take out the stain, you can remove the pleated shade from its mounting bracket and soak it in warm, and rub gently with mild soapy water. Be very careful! Make sure to lay flat to dry completely. Make sure to test the soap on a discreet corner first and rinse thoroughly. When you are ready to put your pleated shade back in the window, make sure to raise the shade tightly to re-crease the pleats.
Roller shades are a time-tested window treatment that is both durable and functional. To keep your roller shade looking fresh and new is simple and easy. We recommend periodic dusting with a feather duster or light vacuuming with the brush attachment on your vacuum. For some of the vinyl fabrics, you wipe off with a damp sponge. Clean regularly and you will always maintain their original long-lasting beauty.
Roman (Fabric) shades are both elegant and functional. One of the best qualities they offer however is that they are simple and easy to clean. We recommend occasional vacuuming with the brush attachment on your vacuum. You could also use a feather duster for regular light cleaning. By performing regular cleaning you will be able to keep your Roman (Fabric) shade looking beautiful and fresh for years to come.
Shutters are made to be durable and easily cared for and easy to clean. Cleaning your shutters is simple and should be done periodically. It is important to remember that real wood can warp. Do not clean or soak with water. To keep and maintain the natural elegance of your real wood shutters, we recommend wiping them off with a soft cloth, a feather duster or use the brush attachment from your vacuum cleaner. Occasionally you may even want to use a non-wax furniture polish and a soft rag to rejuvenate the wood to its original luster. As for vinyl shutters, it is ok to use a mild soap and warm water. Clean your shutters on a regular basis and you will always be able to enjoy the beauty and durability of shutters.
Sheer Window Shades
Sheer window shades look delicate and elegant. But don’t let their looks fool you. They are constructed with sturdy knitted polyester. To keep them looking new it is simple and easy. Both vertical and horizontal soft sheers only require periodic dusting. We recommend you use a feather duster and lightly dust them on a periodic basis or even blow off dust with a can of compressed air. In case you require cleaning a spot or stain, lightly blot with a damp sponge and some mild soap. Don’t use chemical cleaners as they may discolor the fabric. Clean on a regular basis and you will always keep your sheer window shadings looking beautiful for a long time.
We do however, recommend professional cleaning when neccessary and will recommend a technician for you.
Vertical blinds come in different types: vinyl, fabric, aluminum and wood. All are easy to maintain and keep looking beautiful. One mistake people make when cleaning their vertical blinds is that they tend to be a little too aggressive in thinking that these are very sturdy and can handle anything. Although vertical blinds are quite durable, you still need to take care when cleaning them. When cleaning your vinyl and aluminum verticals, begin by giving them a light dusting like you would treat your fine furniture. Then clean with soap and water. It is highly recommended to clean each vane one at a time. It is best to use a mild non-abrasive cleaner. As for your fabric vertical blinds, you will want to dust them off lightly with a feather duster, then use a vacuum (brush attachment) and run it over all of the vanes.
Remember, whichever type of vertical you are cleaning, make sure to open completely one way. Clean. Then open completely the other way and clean. Clean each vane individually on a flat surface, never use hot water, and do not over-soak them.
Draperies, Top Treatments, Valances and Cornice Boards
The single most important thing to remember is to never wash your drapery by hand. This includes putting them in a washing machine or even cleaning them with mild soap and water. Just don’t do it! You can (very carefully) lightly vacuum your drapery using the brush attachment of your vacuum. But remember to be gentle.
Unfortunately, there are no industry standards on how often to clean your drapery, but we do recommend vacuuming twice a year or as warranted by the traffic patterns in your home. If that doesn’t satisfy you, then take them to be dry cleaned. You should consider taking your drapery into a professional dry cleaner every 3 to 5 years. It is always best to use your own good judgment as to how often to have them cleaned. Nobody knows the elements your home is exposed to better than you do.