How to Clean and Maintain Roller Shades

In the past few years, Roller Shades have become very popular amongst home decorators and renovators looking to purchase new window coverings. They boast a wide variety of colours, textures and blackout options for nearly every shading scenario.

Roller Shades

The great thing about these elegant shades is that they are an easy way to add a touch of class to the room without sacrificing privacy. They are sleek and don’t bother with heavy looking valances on the top. They are the perfect choice for a modern aesthetic. Many brands are made from eco-friendly materials, which is an added bonus. Of course, it’s important to check if the eco-friendly label is certified by an official third party.

Roller shades come in a number of different material options, patterns, designs, and colours. Some are even sheer in order to let as much sunlight in as possible, while others provide more privacy effectively block out the light. While neutral shades are typical, some even come in vibrant shades of blue, green and more.

For those who are into the latest tech innovations touching the decor/window industry, including automated window coverings, you can purchase ‘smart’ versions of the roller shades that can usually be integrated into the rest of your smart home system. Set your Designer & Solar Shades in motion with Elite Smart Shades™ automation.  Motorized shades are also highly recommended for those who have children in the home, as they are typically cordless and can provide peace of mind.


Caring for Roller Shades

When it comes to cleaning and maintaining your shades, you’ll have to consider the level of care that is needed in order to select the right approach. The good news is that these shades are low maintenance with dust being the real enemy. That being said, factors like excessive moisture should be avoided since it has the potential to ruin the fabric. Luckily, this is easy to do by shutting open windows on rainy days.

How to Clean Roller Shutter Shades

These Methods should be used to clean and maintain your Roller shades:

Step 1: Vacuuming

Window shades can get dirty pretty quickly depending on the environment. For instance, it isn’t uncommon in urban areas for homes to be quite close to subway tracks or train tracks, which can send a significant amount of dirt and dust into the air. Pets such as cats that make their way in and out of a home via a window can also leave behind streaks of dirt and mud.

This is the first thing to do when needing to quickly spruce up the shades. Like everywhere else, dust will collect on the fabric over time. Shaking the shades is often not enough and require a more intensive treatment like vacuuming. Be aware of the material of the shades though. Finer materials might require the soft brush attachment and a lower speed of the vacuum. Make sure you hold the shade with one hand so that it’s properly supported. Gently vacuum the shades one small section at a time using the lowest suction setting.

Step 2: Spot Cleaning

Stains are a part of life, and in households with pets or children they are even more so. If you come across a fresh stain on your shades use a damp sponge or microfiber cloth to soak up as much as possible. It is imperative to ensure that as much of the excess liquid is soaked up. A gentle hand is needed here, as you don’t want the damp cloth to disrupt the fibres of the shades. Too much force will warp the material. These are your best options but the best technique will also depend on the material of the shades.

Step 3: Maintaining

Maintaining these shades is easy enough to do with simple care. Make sure that windows are shut during rainy and windy days which could potentially cause damage to the shades. Following regular vacuuming and treating stains immediately as described above will ensure that the shades will be with you for years. These easy tasks also make sure that your investment is properly cared for so that it can save you money in the long run.


Cleaning your shades can be an annoying chore, but maintaining them will keep them looking clean and new for years to come. This is especially true of Roller shades, which can will continue to be elegant additions to your home if properly cared for. Aim to clean them at least once a month and you should be good to go!

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