When we talk about allergies, one season tends to dominate the conversation — spring. However, it’s possible, even likely, to suffer from allergies all year long. Especially in the winter, when our homes are closed up tightly for months, people who are allergic to pet dander and dust can notice their symptoms getting worse.
Window Treatments to Alleviate Allergies
When it comes to designing your perfect home, functionality is just as important as style. For individuals grappling with allergies, prioritizing options that not only enhance the aesthetic appeal but also contribute to a healthier living environment is paramount. If you’re an allergy sufferer, consider these easy-to-maintain options:
Faux Wood Blinds: Defying Dust and Dander Build Up
Faux wood blinds are as decorative as they are practical. Not only do hard treatments attract less dust than soft ones, but they’re also easy to keep clean with just a light dusting. Some faux wood materials are actually anti-static, which can help prevent dust, pollen, and dander from accumulating on their surfaces. It's also worth pointing out that faux wood is moisture-resistant (and therefore mold-resistance as well).
Vertical Blinds: Minimal Accumulation on Vertical Surfaces
All you need is a vacuum or duster to keep vertical blinds clean. Vertical surfaces also do not allow dust to collect. We also suggest wiping them down with a washcloth every few months to catch any lingering allergens. These treatments can sometimes also provide good light control. This means that you may not need to add secondary window treatments like drapes or curtains, which tend to attract dust.
Roller Shades: Dust-Resistant and Easy to Clean
Because dust can’t make its way onto roller shades when they’re pulled up, they’re a top choice for allergy-friendly homes. They’re also flat and simple to clean with just a vacuum. There are great option if you like to keep your shades open for most of the day.
Wood or Composite Shutters: Effortless Maintenance for Allergen-Free Living
Shutters made of any hard material are an excellent choice because they can be cleaned with just the wipe of a microfiber cloth. Shutter installation also offers fantastic light and privacy control.
Window Treatments to Avoid:
Some window treatments just aren't ideal for individuals who want to minimize dust and allergies in the home. If you or anyone in your home suffers from allergies, it’s best to stay away from:
- Heavy-duty, dry-clean-only drapes. Dust and dander cling to soft surfaces and require constant cleaning.
- Small-slatted blinds. Blinds with hundreds of small slats are a dust magnet and can be difficult and time-consuming to clean.
At Bloomin’ Blinds, our greatest priority is your comfort and satisfaction. That is why we offer blind cleaning services and a wide variety of motorized blinds, shutters, and shades to meet all your needs. Contact us today to find your nearest Bloomin’ Blinds!
About the Author: Kelsey Stuart, Bloomin’ Blinds
Kelsey is the current CEO for Bloomin’ Blinds and has been an expert in the window covering industry since 2002. He is an expert in window treatment sales and marketing, and has sold over $2.5 million in window coverings in a year. Kelsey’s favorite hobby is traveling and tries to take week-long trips at least once every three months. He also enjoys anything involving mountains, pine needles, and hiking.