Handy Tips for Cleaning and
Regardless of the type of window treatment or rather treatments you have in your home, they require some sort of upkeep to last you a long time. Whether you have window shades, shutters, curtains, drapes or blinds, each of the window coverings need to be cleaned somewhat regularly.
What’s ironic is that as important as the maintenance of window coverings is for their longevity, it is also time consuming process, often overlooked due to a hundred other responsibilities.
We at US Shutters and Blinds have taken it upon ourselves to ensure that not only our customers receive the best product available in the market, but also that they are able to care for their window treatments in the correct, hassle free, way. Hence we’ve put together a cleaning and maintenance guide full of handy tips and techniques to clean all the various types of window coverings.
There are numerous ways of keeping the window shutters looking their absolute best. What’s better about that is that each way, is easier than the last. We guarantee it; this is no back-breaking work. All these shutters need to be clean and shiny is a few minutes of your time every other weekend.
To begin, you’ll need a microfiber duster, or a feather duster. Brush along the panes of the blinds and remove the tiny dust particles with the barest flick of your hands. Regular cleaning avoids dust and dirt from accumulating and requiring greater efforts.
In case you have greater buildups of dust, use a dust brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to quickly return your shutters to looking nice and clean. However, if you really have not had the chance to tackle your spring cleaning yet, we suggest using a damp cloth to scrub out the dust, using a toothbrush to get those hard-to- reach areas, following it up with a nice wipe-down with a dusting cloth (only if you have plastic or faux wood shutters – we wouldn’t recommend water anywhere near your wooden shutters).
Lace or sheer curtains or drapes are the lightest in weight and the most prone to looking drab and dirty in a matter of weeks. To avoid the collection of dirt, be sure to run the dust attachment of the vacuum through them at least once a week and to give them a good scrub and wash at least once every couple of months. Avoid throwing them in the washer to prevent from damaging them and instead hand scrub them in a sink brimming with cold water and some liquid washing detergent. Remove and wash one panel at a time and hang on the laundry line to dry completely before returning them to their place on the road.
Not all thick garment fabrics are meant to be washed at home. Some of them, for example, most velvet types, are only meant to be dry-cleaned by professionals. Be sure to ask the window covering specialist the proper cleaning techniques for the heavier drapes at the time of installation to prevent any mishaps in the future. If they are washable, remove the curtains from the hardware and give them a good shake to remove most of the clinging dust and dirt. Wash the panels on a cold setting in your washing machine and dry with a low-heat setting. Avoid leaving the curtains crumpled or folded and re-hang them immediately to avoid unsightly wrinkles.
Wipe the Blinds
Aluminum Blinds are the easiest of all window treatments to take care of and clean. Made from extremely durable Aluminum, all they need is a good wipe-down with a simple duster or a rag even every other day to keep them clean. However, if they’re especially dirty, add a few drops of liquid detergent mixed in a spray bottle with some warm (NOT hot) water and spray the mixture onto a lint- free towel. Use the towel to individually wipe the blinds, being careful not to bend them while at it.
Wood Blinds You need to be a little more careful about cleaning the wooden blinds, than the rest of the various types not because they take the most time, being cleaned, but because they are prone to warping, bowing, and even discoloration upon the use of water, chemical solvents or ultrasonic cleaners.
Wooden blinds only require a soft dusting with a feather duster, brushed along the length of each individual slat. Make sure to rotate your wooden blinds both ways to unlock the trapped dust for easier cleaning.
Scrub the Shades
Window shades are the most versatile of the window treatment options available in the market. The good thing about the window shades is that there are never ending styles, types, and designs to choose from. However, the downside is that each different style requires a different cleaning method.
Cellular or Honeycomb shades are extremely pleasing from an aesthetic point of view. However, they are more than a little high-maintenance when it comes to upkeep and cleaning. Made from multiple layers of fabric, joined in a way that creates numerous small cells, the cleaning of these shades is a painstaking process. Each layer and each cell is particularly prone to trapping dust; as such they require individual cleaning. To clean, use a blow dryer (only at the lowest setting, using the cool temperature) to blow the dust particles loose. Follow that up by very gently vacuuming the shades with a dust brush attachment to avoid deconstructing or damaging them.
Solar Shades A direct contrast to Cellular shades are solar shades and are quite easy to clean, extremely durable, and often available in varieties resistant to moisture and mold. All they really require is regular damp rag to be wiped down, followed by dry brushing with a lint-free cloth to remove excess water.