When it comes time to clean, most homeowners stick to the same routine — clean the floor, wipe down the countertops, and scrub the tub. But when was the last time your window treatments got a good cleaning? If you can’t remember, odds are it’s time to break out your duster.
Cleaning Your Window Treatments
Wood Blinds and Shutters
First things first, grab a microfiber cloth or vacuum and gently remove all the dust from your slats. If you skip this step and go straight to cleaning, you’ll smear any dirt and dust around and scratch the surface of the wood.
Once all the dust is gone, grab a wood cleaner and gently wipe down each slat starting at the top and working your way down. It’s important to remember that real wood is a natural material so you can’t use any old water-based cleaner.
Faux Wood Blinds
Just like with wood blinds, you’re going to start by dusting your treatments with a cloth or vacuum. And because faux wood blinds are man-made, they can be cleaned with nothing more than soapy water. Steer clear of tough or abrasive cleaners that can strip the paint or finish of your treatments.
Worried about germs in places like your bathroom or kitchen? Disinfect your blinds with a mixture of one part water and one part white vinegar to create a germ-killing solution.
Cellular shades can be cleaned a number of ways:
- Dusting. Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, are some of the most energy efficient treatments on the market. But because they have an accordion-style fabric design, dust, debris, and even insects can get trapped in the folds. Clean inside these shades by grabbing a can of compressed air or even a hair dryer and blowing any noticeable debris out.
- Vacuuming. Using the soft bristled attachment, slowly vacuum your shades starting from left to right and top to bottom.
- Spot cleaning. To spot clean, use a mild, diluted detergent on a lukewarm washcloth or rag, and dab at the stained spot. Cellular shades are generally made of a light fabric so it’s important that you don’t scrub the spot or use too strong of a cleaning agent.
At Bloomin' Blinds, our greatest priority is your comfort and satisfaction. That is why we offer a wide variety of motorized blinds, shutters, and shades to meet all your needs. Contact us today to find your nearest location!