Jaclyn L. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

“We have lived in our quaint Cape Cod home for over seven years and have never had blinds or shades as we love all the light that comes in through our old, paned windows. We thought it was time to try some window coverings to add privacy without eliminating all the light.”

Happy customer, Jaclyn L chose Select Light Filtering Roller Shade in White.

“We ordered one roller shade as a test to see how well it would work for my kids’ bathroom. The Select Light Filtering Roller Shade in White is perfect for our needs. It was easy to install, simple, clean-lined and a good value. My children are happy since they have more privacy but still get to enjoy the beauty of the house!”

Jaclyn, what a great addition to your kids’ bathroom! It really does let the light in while adding an extra layer of privacy – an essential part of any bathroom. The bright white goes great with the style of your home, too, and we love the fun tiles on the floor!

Happy Customer Karla Sought Privacy on the Golf Course

Row of windows covered with white blinds in home

If anyone understands the various purposes window treatments can serve, it’s us at Select Blinds. Really, we totally get that while some of the coverings are there to look good, many times they do plenty more than just that.

Want to keep your home cooler? We’ve got some that can do that. How about wanting to filter the incoming light? Yep, we’ve got that too. If blocking UV rays from entering your home is a priority, that’s certainly no problem, either.

However, one common thread that is found with most uses is that of privacy. While we may like our neighbors, most of us don’t want to give them unfiltered access into our homes via windows.

That was especially true for Happy Customer Karla H., who entered our contest for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card (learn how to enter our Happy Customer Program) after being quite pleased with her choices, which included some Classic Light Filtering Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Shades and Classic Blackout Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Shades!

Select Blinds white honeycomb shade on wide wood-framed window

Karla was so happy, in fact, that we felt like we needed to know more about why.

The first thing we wanted to know was how the overall shopping experience went.

“The first thing I did was to get samples.  Once I chose my color I went on line to find the blind that I wanted.  The samples came fast and online ordering was a snap.”

Indeed, the ability to order up to 15 free samples makes things so much easier. After all, how can you know what a shade will look like in your home if it has never been in your home?

But with so many samples to choose from, why did you decide to pick the shades you did? 

“I chose the black out top down bottom up in our living room.  We live on a golf course with a night (east) sun coming directly into our home.  It was necessary to have the blackout shades.  The top down bottom up gives us the ability to limit what golfers  see from our backyard.  I can still let light in from the top but limit their ability to see in. I also chose a light filtering top down bottom up shade for my sun room to let as much light in as possible but still limit outsiders views.”

That makes so much sense. Golf course living sounds great, but that also means a lot of strangers walking by as they prepare for their next shot (or search for their wayward ball).

So once you figured out which shades you wanted, the challenge would seem to be the measuring and then installation. However, Karla said measuring was “easy” and that when it comes to installation, it goes quickly so long as you have all the tools you need.

SelectBlinds top down bottom up shades in living room slightly drawn

That sounds right to us, and it’s clear to see why Karla is happy with her purchase. Finishing up, is there anything else she would like for us to know?

“I still have  one window to order yet.  It is a high up window so I am thinking about ordering a remote shade for that one.  Thank you for making the process easy and affordable.”

We’re glad to hear you’ll be letting us help again. In the meantime, here’s a link to our custom coverings for skylight windows.

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.

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.