Cleaning Blinds and Shades
Cleaning your window coverings can be a breeze with the right know-how. Each type of blind and shade requires different methods to clean them effectively and without causing damage. To help keep your blinds and shades looking like new, we’ve compiled the list below which teaches you how to clean your window coverings safely.
Never use water to clean your wood blinds. Despite the wood being sealed, water and moisture can still cause bending, colour changes, and even breakage. Chemical solvents and ultrasonic cleaning should also be avoided since they can cause similar damage to the wood.
To quickly remove dust, tilt one slat at a time to 45 degrees forward and backward. To clean your wood blinds safely, you can use a duster or dry cloth to lightly wipe each slat. Your vacuum’s brush attachment can also be used to gently clean your blinds.
Unlike real wood, faux wood blinds can be cleaned using a damp cloth and a small amount of soap, although abrasive sponges should be avoided.
The slats on your faux wood blinds can also be dusted with a dry rag or the brush attachment on your vacuum.
Aluminum blinds are very durable, making them easy to clean. They can be quickly wiped down with a dry cloth for a superficial clean.
If they’re visibly dirty, water and a very small amount of soap should be put into a spray bottle. Spray the cloth with this mixture, and be careful not to bend the slats when wiping your blinds.
When your aluminum blinds need a deeper cleaning, soak them in your bathtub to loosen debris then wipe them down.
Note: NEVER use hot water on your aluminum blinds
Cleaning honeycomb shades is a bit more complicated than cleaning other window coverings. To keep your shades looking like new, it is essential to be gentle when cleaning so they keep their shape and construction.
Regular use of your vacuum’s brush attachment will help prevent your shades from developing a yellow tint from trapped air and particles. If you see dust inside the cells, you can loosen it up with a hair dryer.
Solar shades are very durable, making them easy to clean. Some are even moisture and mold-resistant.
For a light cleaning, use a feather duster or your vacuum’s brush attachment. For a more thorough job, gently wipe your shades with a damp cloth, making sure to remove any excess water after.
Water should never be used to clean your bamboo or woven wood shades, since it can weaken and even warp your window coverings.
Instead, they can be cleaned with a dry, soft cloth or feather duster. A vacuum brush attachment can also be used gently.
To clean the fabric of your roman or roller shades, use a duster or your vacuum’s brush attachment.
If you need to spot clean, dab at spots using a damp rag with soap of very mild detergent. Do not rub spots.
Scotchgard Protector Option
Cleaning your honeycomb shades can be even easier. The Scotchgard Protector option will allow you to take your cellular shades down to wash them in the sink. Spills, stains, and dust will no longer be a worry with this simple addition.