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Blinds & Shades Technical Tips



Cleaning blinds, shades and shutters


One of the benefits of blinds, shades and shutters is that they require very little maintenance. Occasionally you will need to clean your window coverings. There are a few things to keep in mind when you have the itch to clean your wood blinds, faux wood blinds, aluminum mini blinds, cellular or honeycomb shades and/or vertical blinds.

Aluminum miniblinds

Aluminum blinds are the easiest to clean. The paint that is used is very smooth and dust resistant. From time to time you will need to brush them off.

If they are especially dirty you can use cold or warm water but do not use hot water to clean blinds. You can get the entire slat clean by tilting the blinds at a 45 degree angle first one way then the other. Closing the blinds completely may leave areas unexposed and therefore they would not be cleaned. Make sure to dry them off completely when done. This is not something that needs to be done often and in most cases may not ever need to be done. Fill a spray bottle half full with water add a squirt or two of liquid dish soap then finish filling with water. Spray the mixture on a lint-free towel and wipe down the blinds, being careful not to bend the blinds. Tilt the slats the opposite direction and walk around the blinds and wipe once more. If this does not remove all the dirt, the blinds may be removed from the window and soaked in the bath tub with mild soapy water to help loosen the debri. Then rinse and wipe dry. You may even take the blinds off the head rail and wash them in the tub with soapy water for a deeper cleaning.

Hint: To reduce static on aluminum blinds, wipe with the product with dryer sheets or apply a very thin film of detergent on all slats or vanes.

Faux wood blinds

Most faux wood blinds are even easier to clean than real wood blinds. You can wipe faux wood blinds with a dry rag or use the brush attachment of your vacuum the clean them too. Fauxwood blinds may be cleaned like the aluminum blinds with a damp cloth or sponge and mild detergent mixed with warm water. To prevent scratching or damage to the blind slat surface, do not use abrasive cleaners or chemical solvents. They are much more forgiving than real wood blinds when it comes to water and you can even use a mild detergent to clean them. This is especially handy for those who like the bright whites. You can get the entire slat clean by tilting the blinds at a 45 degree angle first one way then the other. Closing the blinds completely may leave areas unexposed and therefore they would not be cleaned. Some people like the look of the embossed faux wood blinds that mimic the grain of a real wood blind but they are a little more difficult to keep clean because of the texture. As long as your children are not too rough on them and there is not a lot of pet traffic you should not have a problem though.

Hint: To reduce static on fauxwood blinds, wipe with the product with dryer sheets or apply a very thin film of detergent on all slats or vanes.

Wood blinds

Washing wood blinds is NOT recommended. Although wood blinds have a treated finish they do not take well to water. Even though the wood is sealed, water may cause warping or discoloration in the blinds. They usually do not require much more than a quick brush to keep the dirt of as wood blinds have a flat smooth finish. Use a dry and soft feather duster, clean cloth, dust cloth or dusting mitt or vacuum with the brush attachment. You should not take a wet rag to your blinds as it may cause them to warp and can adversely affect your color. Ultrasonic cleaning or use of chemical solvents and scrubbing cleansers are not recommended because they will damage the blinds.

You can get the entire slat clean by tilting the blinds at a 45 degree angle first one way then the other. Closing the blinds completely may leave areas unexposed and therefore they would not be cleaned. If you are feeling particularly excited about cleaning your blinds then you could use the brush head attachment on your vacuum to clean the slats.

Protect wood blinds from moisture. steam or high moisture areas will damage the blinds over time. Be careful when cleaning windows with window cleaner to keep the spray off the blinds. Spray glass cleaner on a cloth rather than spraying directly on the window.

Cloth Tapes

Use fabric cleaning wipes for spot-cleaning tapes. These will typically not leave a stain or discolor the tapes, but we do suggest testing the fabric wipes first on the underneath side of the blind where any stain would not be visible.

100% polyester tapes can be spot-cleaned with cool distilled water using a clean white cloth. Woolite® can also be used on the cloth tapes.

If is made of rayon or acetate(It will have a shiny or luster look), DO NOT USE WATER. Water will stain these tapes.

Cellular shades or honeycomb shades

Cell shades are also very stain resistant. Most cellular shades are anti-static and require little cleaning. Honeycomb shades may be vacuumed with the brush attachment on low setting. If a more intense cleaning is required, you may treat spots or stains with warm, not hot, water but it is not recommended to do this often as it may cause discoloration. You may also spot clean with a mild detergent. Be careful not to rub the material to hard to roughen the fabric. Note: Do Not use magnetic cleaners such as a dusting mitt on room-darkening fabrics. This will damage the room room-darkening backing.


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