How to Clean Your Blinds


by Charlene 19 Mar 2014

Remember when you first installed your blinds and they looked fabulous and clean? Unfortunately, it doesn't take too long for blinds to collect dust. But cleaning your blinds can be a pain, especially if you're not sure you're using the proper cleaning method. After all, blinds are made from a variety of materials and each requires a unique way of cleaning. But it doesn't have to be a pain any longer. Here's what you need to know:


Wood Blinds


Even though wood blinds have been treated and sealed, using water on them is still not a good idea. Avoid cleaning wood blinds with water or even a spray cleaner. All your wood blinds need is a little dusting. Use a feather duster, dusting mitt, or a clean rag. Simply run the rag or duster across each slat, starting from the lowest slat to the highest. This will help you avoid pushing the dust onto the already-cleaned slats below.


If you want to take it one step further, you can always clean your wood blinds with a vacuum with a brush attachment. This will give you a deeper clean and it won't leave the dust you've pushed off the blinds on the floor or windowsill.


Faux Wood Blinds


Faux wood is more durable than real wood when it comes to using water. With faux wood blinds, you can use a warm, damp cloth to clean the individual slats. If you'd like to add a miniscule amount of soap or detergent to the mixture, you can do that, too. But never use an abrasive sponge or cleaning tool. This can scratch the faux wood and cause damage, eventually letting the water into the core of the slats.


Just as with wood blinds, you can also use your vacuum's brush attachment to clean your faux wood blinds. Take it one slat at a time and you'll be done in no time.


Aluminum Mini Blinds

These are some of the most durable blinds out there and they're some of the easiest to clean. You can use both warm and cold water to clean them, and feel free to use soap. Because of the smooth finish of aluminum mini blinds, the dust should wipe off easily. However, if you need more cleaning power, you can take the aluminum blinds off the headrail and soak them in the bathtub. This is a sure-fire way to get your mini blinds sparkling again. However, as you're cleaning, try not to bend the slats. You'll want to avoid causing any damage to the blinds as you're cleaning them, no matter how minor it may seem at the time.

 

Fabric Blinds


Because fabric blinds aren't as firm as aluminum or even faux wood or wood blinds, they can be a little difficult to clean. First, try to clean them with the brush attachment on your vacuum. This may be all you need to get them clean. However, if that doesn't work as well as you had hoped, you can always take them to the dry cleaners. You won't need to do this every time you clean your fabric or cloth vertical blinds, but it's nice to know it's always an option.

 

Cleaning your blinds doesn't have to be a hassle. With the right knowledge and tools, you can tackle an average cleaning day or more in-depth spring cleaning.


What are some of the best ways that you've found to clean your blinds?

 

Charlene Jimenez

The Perfect Window Coverings for Your Breakfast Nook


by Charlene 11 Mar 2014

It doesn't matter whether your breakfast nook is perfect for two or spacious enough for an entire family. You can create a lovely, calming space. One major component of the ideal breakfast nook is the natural morning light shining through the windows. So choosing the right window covering is crucial to creating the right ambiance for your breakfast nook. You don't want to just cover up the windows. You want to accentuate and control the natural light, creating a radiant little nook.


Honeycomb Shades


If the morning sun through your window is too bright, honeycomb shades will help you filter the light so you get the soft, warm glow without having to squint while eating breakfast. Honeycomb shades also add insulation to your window, so you can sit comfortably without the hot summer sun heating up the room or the cold winter weather making your home too chilly. These are also great options if your breakfast nook window faces the street or a public area, so you can have privacy and still have light filtering through.

Solar Shades


Select solar shades let you have your privacy, keep the heat out, and let you maintain your view to the outside. Solar shades are perfect if you live in a particularly sunny location or if the morning sun hits your windows just right. Solar shades are designed to reduce glare, so you don't have to worry about facing the window and having the sun in your eyes or the sun reflecting off a metallic tabletop. But you'll still get great light and keep your awesome view.


Shutters


Want a more classic, traditional look for your breakfast nook? Shutters are the way to go. From folding shutters to café style shutters, you'll create a beautiful, breezy feel to your little nook. Depending on the amount of natural light that you have on that side of the house, faux wood shutters might be your best option. They are more durable than real wood and are great in heat and in direct sunlight.


Sheer Shades


Sheer shades are a great way to showcase your windows. They are stylish and modern, and they're well-designed for functionality. You have a choice between light filtering and room darkening, but for a breakfast nook, you still want that natural light, just not all of it at once. Sheer shades are light and whimsical, and they can give a clean feeling to your space.

 
Bamboo Shades


Give your breakfast nook a unique look with bamboo shades. Without a liner, these shades let ample light through. If you want some light, but you still want your privacy, simply add a privacy liner. Bamboo shades are perfect in any modern or contemporary home. They have a way of meshing well with almost any décor style.

Make your breakfast nook your new favorite place in your home. And it all comes down to which window coverings you use.


Which one is your favorite breakfast nook look?

 

Charlene Jimenez

How to Use Different Slat Sizes for Blinds


by Charlene 4 Mar 2014

All blinds offer different slat sizes. Slats are the horizontal pieces that you tilt, raise, and lower when operating your blinds. The difference in slat sizes may not seem like a lot, but the right, or even the wrong, slat size can make a world of difference for your windows. Don’t leave it up to chance. Instead, you simply have to learn which sizes will work best for each window of your home.

Small Slats and Windows

If you need to cover a small window, go with smaller slat sizes. If you order larger slats, it can disproportionate and odd. Smaller sized slats mean you’ll have more slats per blind than you would with larger slat sizes. Smaller slats also mean that you have less room between each one, so you can block more sunlight than with bigger slats. However, it also means that when you have the slats open, your view to the outside won’t be as open, but you can always completely raise the blinds when you want to.

Small slats are also ideal for window with narrow window frames and windowsills. If you want to mount the blinds inside the window frame, you’ll be able to do so with smaller slats, even if the window is small or medium sized. Choosing smaller slats can also help the blinds blend in more, and that’s perfect if you’re looking for subtlety.

If small slats are what you’re looking for, go with ½” or 1” slats, like these products below:

1/2" Micro Aluminum Mini Blinds

 

1" Veneto Wood Blinds

Medium Slats and Windows

This is the most common sized window, and you can get away with any slat sizes. But the most common slat size is 2 inches, and that’s the size you’ll find the majority of blinds and shades. Keep in mind that you may have a medium sized window but with a shallow or narrow windowsill. 2” blinds may not fit. But you always have the option to choose a smaller slat size or simply use an outside mount.

For a better view to the outside when your blinds are released and the slats are parallel to each other, medium-sized slats are the way to go. If you want to make more of a style statement, go with larger slats on a medium window. this will give it a chunkier, bolder look. But if you want something more proportioned, match medium slats to a medium-sized window.

Here are some of the most popular 2” blinds:

2" Express Wood Blinds

2" Premium Aluminum Blinds

Large Slats and Windows

Large window are some of the hardest to cover effectively. If you choose a slat size that’s too small, it can look chaotic and too busy. Another problem those with larger windows run into is the heaviness of the blinds. Blinds that are too heavy can begin to bow or even break under the strain. The perfect solution for this is to use multiple blinds on one headrail. This will alleviate the excessive weight and still give you a great looking window covering.

For blinds, 2 ½” slats are considered large. If you want only one blind to cover your large window, choose a lighter material, like real wood blinds. While faux wood is great for many situations, it’s actually heavier than real wood.

Take a look at these blinds perfect for large windows:

2 1/2" Deep Wood Blinds

2 1/2" Premium Faux Wood Blinds 

Have you experimented with slat sizes for your windows? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

Charlene Jimenez

Happy Customer Winner for February


by Chris S 28 Feb 2014

We are very excited to announce the first winner of our new Happy Customer contest. But first, we would like to thank everyone who participated in this month’s contest. All of your photos are all beautiful and we really enjoyed seeing how you decided to use our products in your homes. Thank you all for your submissions and more importantly, we THANK YOU all for your business!

February Happy Customer Entries:

  1. Thomas B.
  2. Nechemya F.
  3. Sherry S.
  4. Mike K.
  5. Connie R. 
  6. Debbie A.
  7. Richard R.
  8. Dorie P.
  9. Joanne B.
  10. Deborah D.
 

Drumroll please…..and the winner is… Joanne B. from North Carolina!

Joanne sent us some great photos of our Cell Shades in her new condo and wrote us a very detailed review on her experience with Select Blinds. Joanne B. check your email for details on claiming your $250.00 Visa Gift Card. =]

Chris Savage

Thomas B. is a Happy Customer at Select Blinds


by Chris S 27 Feb 2014

I'd like to say we love our new cordless blinds, Tiger Eye single cell shade was a perfect choice for our kitchen. We have had many compliments on the blinds. Your staff Simas Tamosaitis replaced our original order with a new order, with no additional cost other than shipping cost, we cant thank your company enough. We will be ordering new items in the future. Thank You again for your help!

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