Cleaning Blinds and Shades
Cleaning your window coverings is easier than you think. Perhaps the tricky part is knowing how to clean them because each type requires different methods. But let us take out the guesswork completely. This extensive guide will show you how to clean every window covering, no matter if you have aluminum blinds, roman shades, faux wood blinds, woven wood shades, or any other type of window covering.
Never wash your wood blinds with water. The wood has been sealed, but water can still cause warping, discoloration, bowing, or bubbling. Also avoid ultrasonic cleaning or use of chemical solvents, which can also cause damage to your wood blinds. The great news, however, is that your wood blinds won’t need a lot of cleaning. Here are your options:
- Use a dry, soft feather duster, clean cloth, dust cloth, or dusting mitt. Lightly wipe or brush the top of each slat to remove dust.
- Tilt each slat individually to a 45-degree angle, first one way and then the other. Then can help knock the dust loose, making your blinds instantly cleaner.
- Use the soft brush attachment on your vacuum.
When it comes to using water, faux wood blinds are more durable and moisture-resistant than real wood blinds. Make sure to avoid cleaning with an abrasive sponge.
- Use a dry rag to wipe down the slats.
- Use a warm, damp cloth with a small amount of soap or detergent.
- Your vacuum’s brush attachment is also a great way to clean your blinds.
Aluminum blinds are the some of the easiest to clean because they’re so durable. Here are the best ways to clean your mini blinds:
- A simple dry rag may do the trick.
- If they’re especially dirty, you can use cold or warm water to clean them. But never use hot water.
- Fill a spray bottle with water and a tiny amount of soap. Then spray a lint-free towel with the mixture and use the towel to wipe down each slat. While cleaning, try not to bend the slats.
- They can also be soaked in a bathtub to loosen up any debris so the slats can be wiped down easily.
Because honeycomb shades are made with multiple layers of fabric, creating small cells, cleaning them can consist of multiple steps.
- Regularly use the brush attachment on your vacuum. If you don’t, your shades may develop a yellow tint.
- If there is dust inside the cells, use your blow dryer to loosen it up. Only use the lowest air setting and only use the cool air feature.
- Always clean your honeycomb shades gently. You want to make sure they retain their shape and their construction.
- To remove a stain, use a slightly damp cloth to blot at the spot. Use this method sparingly.
Solar shades are some of the most durable shades we offer. Many of them are even resistant to mold and moisture, which makes them even easier to clean.
- Use a damp cloth to wipe them down. You can then lightly dry them, just to make sure to get rid of any extra water.
- Use a feather duster for a lighter clean.
- You can also use the brush attachment on a vacuum.
Never use water on your bamboo or woven wood shades. Because they’re made from natural materials, it can weaken and break them down.
- Lightly dust your bamboo shades with a soft feather duster.
- Use a vacuum brush attachment and gently sweep it across.
- You can also use a dry, lint-free, soft cloth to gently dust the front of the shades.
Most people are familiar with how to clean fabric, but here’s a brief reminder.
- To spot clean, use a damp rag with very mild, gentle detergent or soap. Only dab at the spots. Do not rub.
- Use a duster or a brush vacuum attachment for a thorough cleaning.
Even though cleaning your window coverings is already easy, you can make it even easier if you have honeycomb shades. When you choose the Scotchgard Protector option, you can actually take down your cellular shades and wash them in the sink. This option protects your shades against spills, stains, and dust. What could be easier than that?
Now you have the tools and the knowledge to keep your window blinds and shades clean, extending the life of your window coverings and keeping them looking great.