Spring Cleaning? Don’t Forget These Tips

Woman with purple gloves holding basket of spring cleaning supplies

Spring has sprung, and that means it’s that time of year when we all take a look at our homes and realize that they could be, shall we say, a bit less dirty? Or if you’re the type who does a great job of keeping a clean home year-round, you might take this as an opportunity to take care of something that you’ve been putting off for a while.

No matter how you look at Spring Cleaning, this is likely the only time of the year where the idea of spending time to freshen up your home is even a little bit exciting.

When it comes to cleaning our homes, some things like clearing out dressers,  shelves, cabinets and closets are obvious targets for updates.

There are many more parts  of your house that you can probably think of that need some attention, and they should absolutely get it. But there are also some things that you may not think about. You know, the stuff that kind of gets forgotten or lost in the shuffle.

With that in mind, here are six surprising things you don’t want to forget as you go about creating and checking off your Spring Cleaning list.

1.  Dishwasher

 Removing white plates from dishwasher

Is there some irony in needing to clean a device that’s intended to clean other things for us? Perhaps, but that doesn’t change the fact that a dirty dishwasher doesn’t clean as well as, well, a clean one.

The trouble with dishwashers is they don’t really look dirty, and we don’t normally think about how much better they could be cleaning. But with some vinegar and baking soda, along with a couple of empty cycles, yours could be back in top form, ready for all the dishes you can throw its way.

Not sure how to do it?  As this video shows, it’s quite simple.

2.  Washing Machine

Man loading washing machine with colored clothes

Notice your clothes aren’t coming out as clean as they used to? Or is your dryer not as effective as it once was? It’s possible they need to be replaced, but first why not check to see if they’re just dirty?

Grease, grime and everything else from cleaning your clothes can build up and severely hamper a washing machine’s ability to remove those things from your laundry. The machine’s filter should also be checked, as it can get clogged and lead to a host of other issues.

All washing machines are a little different, but the general concepts are the same. Watch this video for more on how to go about cleaning yours.

Oh, and as long as you’re taking care of your washer, you might as well tackle the dryer, too. For that, take a look at not only the lint trap, which could use some deep cleaning, but also the dryer vent. Make sure it is not clogged or showing signs of needing to be replaced. If it is, the dryer won’t operate at maximum efficiency, costing you more in time and money each time you use it.

Take some tips from this video to keep your dryer running in tip top condition.

3.  Window Coverings

Venetian blinds over claw foot tub and sink in all white marble bathroom

No matter what kind of coverings you have in your home, be it honeycomb/cellular treatments, aluminum minis, faux woods, bamboo, etc., they all need a little dusting off every now and again.

Different types of window treatments require different cleaning methods. To make yours look like new again, just follow the few simple steps here in our handy cleaning guide.

4.  Toothbrush

White and blue electric motorized tooth brush next to standard blue toothbrush

This one should seem pretty obvious, but it’s worth pointing out that simply running your toothbrush under the faucet when you’re done brushing isn’t enough to really get it clean.

If you use a non-electric toothbrush, the easy solution is to just get a new one. However, if electric is your thing, look into replacing your brush head. It  probably won’t cost  much and will allow you to have an even cleaner — and healthier — mouth.

5.  Bathroom Exhaust Fan

Hands removing white bathroom exhaust fan faceplate

The bathroom fan does a good job of sucking  in moisture,  keeping the bathroom fresh and mold-free. The flip side to that is while your bathroom may be protected from mold, the fan itself is not.

The dirtier the fan gets, the more susceptible it will be to developing mold and mildew of its own. So, make sure you pop the vent cover off (clean that with a vacuum cleaner), and then unplug the fan and clean it up, too. The dusting attachment on the vacuum should work, though you may need another tool to get into the tighter spaces.

None of it’s too complicated, but  watch this video for more on how to do it the right, safe way.

6.  Range Hood Filter

Granite kitchen counter top leading to stainless steel range hood

Cleaning the kitchen,  and we mean really cleaning it  — scrubbing/waxing the floor, cleaning the oven and clearing out the fridge — is usually the first job most people tackle this time of year. Besides changing the baking soda box in the freezer, don’t forget to check under the hood that hangs above your stove. Similar to how the bathroom fan sucks in moisture, the range hood fan pulls in the grease that is released into the air when you cook.

You can clean the filter with a good degreaser, or replace it. Here’s how to make your range fan more efficient and  help keep your newly-cleaned kitchen that way longer.

For J. Finlay’s Roman Shades, Motorization Is Key

White Select Blinds motorized roman shades under custom cornice

One of the best parts about our industry is seeing what people are able to do with the window treatments they order. While we are certainly aware of what each of our products can do, seeing them in action is truly something else.

And when our customers are proud to show off their rooms with some freshly-installed window treatments, we want to make sure they get that chance. Becoming a “Happy Customer” is how you get entered into a contest to win a $250 Visa gift card.

Not surprisingly there are plenty of entries (we are the highest-rated and most-reviewed window fashions company in the world, after all), but looking through them one thing we’ve learned from our Happy Customers is that there is no one style or color that makes them, well, happy. Every room requires something a little different, and we’d like to know more about what went into creating each unique look.

The best way to find out is to ask, which is what we’re doing here.

So welcome to one of our newest Happy Customers, J. Finlay, who ordered Classic Roman Shades in the Simply White color

J. told us the shades arrived sooner than expected and were easy to install, while the upgraded motorization is a hit.

Long Wood Dining Room Table Under White Roman Shades

We’re certainly glad she’s happy, but why go with the Roman Shades in the first place?

“I decided to order my Roman Shades from Select Blinds because of the price, quality, and choice of colors.  I wanted white so it would match our window trim/crown molding and wanted a more contemporary look, so I chose the flat fold option to replace my heavy blinds.

“Since my window faces west, it was a difficult decision whether to go with blackout shades or light filtering.  I chose the light filtering, and as you can see in the third picture (below), it works beautifully partially down with bright sunlight shining.  Choosing the motorized remote was also a factor in choosing this shade.”

It is great to know that installation was easy, as we’re sure you couldn’t wait to start using your new shades. Now that they have been up for a bit, what do you like best about them?

“With the motorized remote, I can easily raise or lower this shade to allow more light into the room, and lower it when the sun is on the west side of the house.  My cats can now sit on the window ledge and look out at the world on that sides of the house, and when it’s colder, they love to lay on the floor where the sun shines in.

“Since they are white, I did spray the front of the shade with fabric protector spray, and used a UV spray on the back of the fabric since Florida sun is brutal.”

Dining Room with Area Rug with White Roman Shades from Select Blinds

Of course we want the cats to be happy, and it’s good that both you and your feline friends are enjoying what the shades have to offer. It’s clear why you are a fan of your Roman Shades, but is there anything else you’d like for us to know?

“I will definitely consider replacing another blind in my house with a Roman Shade from Select Blinds.  Detailed measuring instructions and online videos really helped when placing my order.”

That’s what we like to hear, both for shopping with us again and being helped by the instructions.  We for sure understand why some would be hesitant to do this all on their own, but we’re glad you found out how simple the process can be. From a look at the photos, it’s easy to see why you’re a fan!

Sharon A. Upgrades from Aluminum to Select Blinds’ Honeycomb/Cellular Shades

Drapery over White Pleated Shades from SelectBlinds

Here at SelectBlinds.com we pride ourselves on how you feel about us. After all, there’s a reason we love to highlight the fact that we are the highest-rated and most-reviewed window fashions company in the world!

We really enjoy helping people improve their rooms and lives with custom window shades at an affordable price. We can’t help but smile when customers share their excitement with us, and of course becoming a “Happy Customer” is how you get entered into a contest to win a $250 Visa gift card.

(Tap or click here to learn more about that)

But beyond the contest, we really like to know why people not only chose their window coverings, but also what they like best. The best way to find out is to, well, ask, which is what we’re doing here.

So say “Hello” to Sharon Almstrom, who ordered two Select 1″ Blackout Pleated Shades and three Select Double Cell Blackout Shades from us in February 2019.

Sharon told us she was “definitely happy” with the purchases, adding that there were already nice coverings in some of the rooms of her house but that it was time to upgrade the bedrooms “to be as  nice too!”

We asked Sharon to elaborate a bit on her experience with Select Blinds, here’s what she had to say:

Why did you decide to order these window coverings?

“For the master bedroom we knew we needed blackout but wanted something kind of classy looking. Our living room already had 1” pleated light filtering shades and we really liked those. So after ordering a few color samples of the blackout pleated shades, we picked a simple white that will go with everything.

“In our children’s rooms, when we first moved in, all three of the windows had broken mini blinds. We only had one child at the time though. We quickly ran out to a big box store and for about $50 bought some single cell blackout shades. They were okay but a little narrow for the window and hung crooked, even though they were installed straight at the top.

“So when the second child was born and we needed a new shade for her room, we decided to change the older child’s shades to a better version at the same time. So both of their rooms got blackout double cell shades. It’s amazing how dark it is in their rooms now for midday naps!”

Before and After Using SelectBlinds.com

Our blackouts are great at helping the little ones sleep. How about the installation process?

“Installation was pretty easy. Maybe 10-15 minutes per window. Checked to see that all parts were present and would fit and then it was just a matter or measuring and installing!

“The hardest part was not being mad at the extra holes from the previous owner’s lazy installation of cheap window treatments.”

White Honeycomb Shades with Purple Floral Valance and Wall Paint

Our coverings sure do block the perfect amount of light. So, now that they are a part of your home, what do you like best about them? 

“The new shades look very nice, crisp, sophisticated. This is a relatively new house for us so being able to upgrade things like the shades to something really nice looking is wonderful. And the blackout feature makes it great for sleeping when it’s daylight, whether it be sleeping in in the morning or an afternoon nap!”

Replacing Broken Bedroom Mini Blinds with SelectBlinds.com Blackout Cell Shades

Looking at the photos it is easy to see why Sharon is so excited about her home’s newest additions.

And with that, we are pleased to share the story of another happy customer!

Introducing Another Happy Customer, Denice L.

Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in a Happy Customers House - Denice L.

Here at Select Blinds we pride ourselves on  how you feel about us. After all, there’s a reason we love to highlight the fact that we are the highest-rated and most-reviewed window fashions company in the world!

We really enjoy helping people improve their rooms and lives with custom window shades at an affordable price. We can’t help but smile when customers share their excitement with us, and of course becoming a “Happy Customer” is how you get entered into a contest to win a $250 Visa gift card.

(Tap or click here to learn more about that)

But beyond the contest, we really like to know why people not only chose their window coverings, but also what they like best. The best way to find out is to, well, ask, which is what we’re doing here.

So say “Hello” to Denice L., who ordered two Designer Series Woven Wood Shades from us in September 2018.

SelectBlinds.com Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in the home of Denice L.

Denise told us she was “extremely satisfied” with her purchase as the shades completed her master bathroom windows.

But we were wondering, what led her to SelectBlinds.com  in the first place? 

“I have been using Instagram and Houzz to inspire me during our building process and decorating our new home. I happen to be on Instagram and noticed a home decorated with Select Blinds and loved the look. I can’t wait to buy more for the rest of my windows.”

We can’t wait to help with the rest of Denice’s window covering needs. But with so many styles to choose from, why start with the Designer Series Woven Wood Shades?

“I happened to be on Instagram and noticed a home decorated with Select Blinds and loved the look. Wanted the same color and texture.”

That makes sense, and from the looks of things you made a great choice. Speaking of things you did, how did the installation process go?

“The process was very simple and had both sets of blinds up within half hour.”
Window covered by SelectBlinds.com Designer Series Woven Wood Shades

We knew our coverings were easy to install, but that’s impressive! Now that they are installed, what do you enjoy most about the shades?

“The look it gave my bathroom made it feel more complete and high end.  Love the ease of pulling it up or down with the round cord.”

We are so glad to hear that. Well, it looks like you are indeed a happy customer. Is there anything else you’d like us to know?

“I thought the ordering process was super easy it walked me through everything I needed to do. I like that you can order samples to see the color and texture of the blind.”

That’s the idea! Thanks for shopping with us, Denice, and we look forward to hearing from you again soon.

Can Window Coverings Be Poetic? Let’s Find Out for World Poetry Day

Cup of coffee and writing pen on napkin with poetry terms

A poem for you, a poem for me. Let’s all celebrate a day for poetry!

Ha! We’re a poet and didn’t know it. Or did we? Did you know that March 21 is known as World Poetry Day? Founded in 1999 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the holiday, according to un.org, “recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.”

Similarly, window coverings allow one to get quite creative when designing the look of their home. With so many styles, patterns and colors to choose from, the only limit is one’s imagination.

So in the spirit of the holiday — and our business — we’ve come up with some poems that  help tell the story of what we here at Select Blinds are all about.

Let’s start with some Haiku’s. For those who do not know, the Haiku is of Japanese origin and is a poem that contains 17 syllables, organized in a 5-7-5 pattern.

You visit our site
To find window coverings
You see them and smile


Do as the Romans
Lovely fabrics and colors
Roman Shades look great


Select Blinds is here
To help improve your windows
And make you happy


Let’s keep our kids safe
From the dangers of long cords
Choose a cordless look


The light blinds and my
Head hurts. Blackout shades are good
Happy vampiress.


Whatever you need
To make your windows look good
Is at Select Blinds


An old-fashioned look
With great durability
Shutters are for you


Your window’s ugly
But it does not need to be
Select Blinds can help


The sun is shining
But you don’t want UV Rays
You want Solar Shades

Another type of poetry is the limerick. According to Wikipedia, the rhyming scheme is  such where the first, second and fifth lines rhyme, while the third and fourth lines are shorter and share a different rhyme.

You want your windows to look good,
But to pay high prices, you’re  not in the mood,
So head to Select Blinds,
To get out of your bind,
And show off your windows, you would.


An ugly window is no fun,
But you wonder, what can be done,
At Select Blinds we are here,
With window coverings you need not fear,
Because they’ll look good when blocking the sun.


Window coverings need not be boring,
They can actually be pretty fun,
Just go to Select Blinds,
And what you will find,
Is an inability to pick just one.

Are we poetic or what!

Fine, we won’t quit our day jobs. Of course, we’re just having some fun here, taking some poetic license to put a little spin of our own on this creative holiday.

There are plenty of other forms of poetry, and no doubt much better poems than what you just read. But all types of poetry boil down to self-expression and people feeling something upon reading or hearing it.

Same goes for the many types of window coverings. Whatever you choose, you’re expressing your own unique style and creating a look that makes you feel good.  And there’s certainly a lot of poetic justice in that, isn’t there?

Spread Joy on the International Day of Happiness

Happy Woman in a Field From DepositPhotos

Photo from DepositPhotos

Ever since Bobby McFerrin introduced us to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” it has been the tune that is most associated with, well, being happy.

Unless of course you don’t like the song, in which case it may cause the opposite reaction like some of us do when Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” abruptly arrives on the radio or is heard through another medium.

That’s another discussion entirely; for now, let’s focus on the idea of being happy, which is what March 20 is all about. In case you were unaware it is the International Day of Happiness, a holiday created by the United Nations and a non-profit group known as Action for Happiness.

The holiday has not been around long, with it being celebrated for the first time in 2013. According to happinessday.org it spans 193 UN Member states, another two observer states and 11 territories.

Besides being happy, the holiday calls for trying to spread the goodwill all around. On social media, hashtags like #tenbillionhappy, #internationaldayofhappiness, #happinessday and #choosehappiness will be seen.

As long as you are happy, though, you’ll be celebrating properly. But thinking about it, what makes us happy? The answer of course varies, though there are certain things that most of us can probably agree on.

Like puppies. Because really, who doesn’t smile when looking at faces like these?

What else makes people happy? A quick survey among the Select Blinds Marketing team revealed a wide range of happiness bringers, some of which are likely more common than others.

For instance, babies probably make many people happy. That’s totally understandable.

One thing that popped up that may or may not be a popular choice is cheese fries.

Those do look pretty good, right? Sure they’re not exactly good for you but the combination of fried potatoes along with melted cheese is something that many of us can get behind.

Disagree?

We’d be remiss not to bring up how happy our window coverings have made people, too. Whether it’s the hundreds of thousands five-star reviews or one of our many “Happy Customers,” Select Blinds has helped bring happiness to many a home and business.

Other things mentioned were family and sports — both of which while great at bringing joy also have a knack for causing anger and disappointment — along with seafood and music.

Ask other people, and no doubt things like exercise, dancing, going on vacation or sitting at the beach will pop up.

Really, though, no one can tell you what should or should not make you happy. It truly is up to us, and on March 20, let’s all do our best to try and spread that feeling to as many people as we can.

Are You After Some Lucky Charms this St. Patrick’s Day?

On Sunday, March 17, many around the world will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. A festive holiday, it often brings about festivals and parades and typically features attendees wearing green and enjoying some adult beverages.

Among the other themes that accompany the holiday is that of luck. You’ll likely hear someone mention the “Luck of the Irish” at some point. Besides being a basketball-themed movie released in 2001 or a different film of the same name from 1948, it is also something that boils down to someone feeling like you are a very fortunate person.

Of course, there are people out there who don’t believe in luck or maintain the perspective that one creates their own luck. It’s certainly a reasonable perspective to take, though many people in those camps likely still “knock on wood” every now and then or perhaps refuse to walk under a ladder or step on a sidewalk crack.

Even if you are not one to believe in things like luck, there are certainly plenty of others who do. Maybe they point to bad luck as the reason why something didn’t go their way, or perhaps they acknowledge good luck as a reason why things ultimately worked out.

No matter what one’s perspective is on the matter of luck, one thing we all understand is how folks turn to good luck charms as a way to try and boost their chances. There are plenty of things out there, some sentimental, that people will bring with them in hopes that it will lead to positive results.

Whether they have any tangible effect or not is surely up for debate, but at the very least it’s kind of fun to  think it helps. If you already have your lucky charm, congrats because you’re set.

But for those of you who don’t have anything to bring you luck, don’t despair because there are plenty of options. Looking at it, what are the most popular good luck charms?

The website Brandpointcontent.com looked into the matter, and they came to some interesting conclusions.

One you may be thinking of is the four-leaf clover, as that is pretty commonly known to offer good luck.  Well, actually you’ll need some pretty good luck to find one, as the odds of doing so are about one in 10,000. But if you can track one down then maybe it will give you double luck?

Another pretty common good-luck charm is the rabbit’s foot. Fortunately, most of the ones you’ll see are probably not actually from a rabbit. At least, we hope that’s the case?

Regardless, according to omgfacts.com, the concept of the rabbit’s foot being lucky originated from African-American folk spirituality known as “hoodoo.” In it, it is said the feet are lucky due to the rabbit’s reproductive habits.

There is even more backstory to it all, but suffice to say it’s kind of…umm….gross.

Other popular charms include the horseshoe, a penny (assuming it’s found head up) and the number seven.

Another thing that is believed to bring good luck? The color green. Actually, depending on where you come from its luck-bringing properties could go either way.

If you believe the color green offers good luck, though, or even just really like the color, you might want to check out our vast selection of window coverings that are available in the hue.

Celebrate National Pi Day with Your Favorite Slice

These days it seems as though there is a holiday for everything. Really, every day there is some “National Day of _____” that is being celebrated. In a lot of ways, it’s just too much.

But the holiday we celebrate on March 14 is perfect. For those who do not know, March 14 — or 3/14 — is known as “National Pi Day.”

It’s a math joke, of course, as the symbol Pi (π) equals 3.14 and then many more numbers most of us don’t know.

Fear not, as this blog is not about trying to teach you. If you are interested in the number, feel free to check out this Wikipedia  page that explains Pi in all its infinite glory.

As is the case for most people, Pi Day is about celebrating, well, pie. Sure we add an extra ‘e’ to make it work, but that’s beside the point.

The focus here should be on the glorious dessert that is pie.

Along  those  lines, we all  have our favorites. Some prefer fruit pies while others will gravitate towards the cream. There really is no bad  pie, but some are more popular than others.

According to a poll by ThisIsinisider.com back in December 2018, the most popular pie in every state was either Apple, Pecan or Pumpkin.

That probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as there are few people who would really turn down a slice of any of those styles.

And  a little more than a year ago another study looked at the pies most searched for via Google by state, and while Apple, Pecan and Pumpkin were well represented, Peanut Butter, Hula,, Chicken Pot, Chess, Sweet Potato and Shepherd’s all made an appearance.

But what else do people  like? Let’s take a look at some other favorites. With help from EatThis.com, who looked at the most popular pies and then ranked them in terms of their health value (because who eats pie to be healthy?), we know that Coconut Cream, Strawberry and Blueberry are very popular.

Not to be outdone, Cherry, Peach, Banana Cream and Mixed Berry are also among the most desired.

Then again, who could forget about Chocolate Cream, Lemon Meringue, Key Lime or Rhubarb?

Oh, and speaking of Chocolate Cream Pie, our Chocolate Pie Select Double Cell Light Filtering Shades or Select Single Cell Light Filtering Shades would be a delicious addition to your home’s décor.

But don’t eat them, as window coverings are not food. And no, it doesn’t matter how good they look.

There are of course plenty of edible pies not named, but that does not mean they are any less worthy of being eaten.

Really, that’s one of the best parts about pie; there are so many different kinds, be them fruit, cream, pizza or meat-filled, while the crust they rest on also varies. Some are savory while others are sweet.

All have their place in our world.

So on this day where we celebrate all things pie (and Pi), it just makes sense to grab a slice or two and enjoy. Because even though you don’t need an excuse to eat pie, the last thing you want to do is get caught not taking advantage of this most wonderful of holidays.

The Time Is Now to Prepare for Daylight Saving 2019

Analog clock showing 2:00 on daylight savings time 2019

Full disclosure: Being that we are based out of Arizona, the concept of Daylight Saving Time is kind of lost with us.

Yet, while most of us (the Navajo Nation not included) in this state will not be doing anything with our clocks Sunday, we understand that pretty much the rest of the country will be adjusting to their new reality on Sunday.

For at 2:00 a.m. on  March 10, 2019, clocks will need to turn ahead to 3:00 a.m. Fare thee well, hour.

While we cannot necessarily understand your plight, we can at least empathize with the difficulty that comes with the time changing.  It doesn’t take too much thought to figure out some ways it could be problematic.

The first one most of us think about, most likely, is running late for something because you forgot to change the clock.

That’s no doubt an issue for many, but that’s not the only thing that comes from the switch.

Besides messing with punctuality, Daylight Saving Time could  also be bad for your health.

Back in March 2018, CNN posted a story about how the time switch can cause all sorts of problems. Who  knew?

According to the article, a 2016 study discovered the rate for having a stroke increased by 8% in the two  days following the time change. Of that percentage, cancer patients were 25% more likely to suffer a stroke and people older than 65 about 20% more likely.

Interestingly, those are not the only issues that arise from needing to rise an hour earlier.

A 2012 study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham discovered the Monday and Tuesday following the “spring forward” switch were associated with a 10% increase in the risk of having a heart attack. Conversely, the risk decreases by the same amount when it is time to “fall back.”

Taking the time to think about it, those conclusions actually make a lot of sense.

Suddenly losing an hour of sleep is not a good thing. Numerous studies have shown how lack of sleep leads to weight gain, which then increases the chances for something like a heart attack, other heart ailments and diabetes.

There is also the issue of messing with one’s circadian rhythm. Not to be confused with the cicada bug, which is kind of freaky but doesn’t do much for your health one way or another, the circadian rhythm (or clock) is pretty important.

At a base level, it is simply the concept of how your body understands and adjusts to time at a biological level. Being ready to do certain things, like wake up or go to sleep, doesn’t just happen because we want it to.

It takes some programming, so suddenly switching things up can be a real jolt to the system. Now,  the good news is that our bodies will eventually adjust to the new reality, but the time before it does may lead to a ride on the struggle bus.

None of this is to say it is impossible to survive the time change. We’re going to assume you’ve been through this before, which means you have found ways to persevere.

We’re proud of you.

But if you are new to it all or are hoping to find some tips to make it less awful, the study by UAB also provided some ideas to help your body adjust more quickly.

Some of them are less pleasant, such as waking up a half-hour earlier than you need to on Saturday and Sunday in preparation for that Monday start time, while others — like eating a decent-sized breakfast — are more palatable.

It is also recommended that you go outside in the sunlight early in the morning and/or do some a.m. exercising over the weekend.

Do all of that, it is noted in the study, and your body will be better prepared for the sudden shift. And the more prepared you are, the less likely you are to experience any health-related issues due to the change.

Of course, if none of that works for you, there’s always the option to move to Arizona, though we don’t necessarily advise that now since summer is just around the corner.

Select Blinds Sponsors NASCAR’s David Ragan

Photo of No. 38 SelectBlinds.com Ford Mustang at Daytona

Photo from @Team_FRM

Hey, did you see the No. 38 car David Ragan was driving at the Daytona 500? It was hard to miss, especially when it was part of that monster wreck with just 10 laps remaining.

It was a good looking car until it got a little roughed up. Actually, in our opinion it still looked good even after the mess.

After all, how could something that says “SelectBlinds.com” all over it look bad?

Daytona was the first of four races this season that will see Ragan’s car sporting our colors, and if you feel like the partnership between a NASCAR driver and an e-tailer seems a bit odd, well, we’ll tell you how it all went down.

It all started with a bid.

In mid-January at the annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, AZ, Select Blinds founder and CMO Rick Steele was the highest bidder on Ragan’s 38 Shriners Hospitals car. The car featured a paint scheme seen in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway last summer, a race in which Ragan finished 27th.

It also came with a 750-horsepower Roush Yates engine and many of the other accessories needed to…umm…go really, really fast.

The $300,000 from the auction benefited Shriners Hospitals for Children, which help kids battle orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal injuries and cleft lip. Ever one for charitable causes that help children, Steele’s interest was certainly amplified because his mother was treated by healthcare professionals when she was a child.

So it made plenty of sense that he would be interested in bidding on the car.

Now, providing that kind of money to such a worthy cause on its own would have given this fun story a happy ending.

Except that was not the end. In fact, it was only the beginning.

Ragan and Steele got to chatting and in true “Step Brothers” style, quickly became best friends. Though unlike how most best friends who go to a ballgame, meet up for drinks or do things like that, these two instead decided on something unique.

Steele and his company would be one of the primary sponsors for Ragan’s No. 38 car in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

How. Cool. Is. That.

Beginning with the Daytona 500 and continuing through the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte and the South Point 400 in Las Vegas, the car will be zipping around the track while introducing the masses and NASCAR faithful to SelectBlinds.com.

For those who don’t know, the story of SelectBlinds.com is a good one.

In short, our company was founded in 2003 by Steele, and has grown to be successful by combining child-safe, high-quality, custom-made blinds with affordable DIY pricing. Hundreds of thousands of customers have provided glowing reviews, while millions of windows have been covered with our help.

And now our logo is all over the Ford Mustang of one of Front Row Motorsports’ NASCAR drivers.

How many Phoenix-based companies do you think can say that?

Where the SelectBlinds.com-adorned car will finish over its next three races is anyone’s guess. NFL great Deion Sanders once said something to the effect that if you look good you’ll feel good, and if you feel good you’ll play good.

We may be biased, but we believe Ragan has the best looking car on the track.

Of course it would be helpful if other, less-stylish cars didn’t cause wrecks around it, but we all know that’s a possibility at any time before the checkered flag comes out.

Yet no matter where Ragan and his No. 38 car finish, the story of how he got to that point is one that, to be honest, is as fun as it was unexpected.