When cleaning, people often focus their energy on flooring and carpets, while overlooking curtains and shades. However, window treatments require regular cleaning and care just like everything else in the home, as they can collect dust and dirt overtime. Below are some tips and best practices for cleaning your window treatments.
Start by gently dusting the blinds or shades from top to bottom. This will remove most of the debris. You can use a duster or microfiber cloth. When dusting blinds, remember to reverse the direction of the slats for a thorough cleaning.
Vacuum on Low
Once every few weeks, complete a deeper clean with a vacuum cleaner. Attach the soft brush head and only use it on the low suction setting to avoid damaging the fibers. This will draw out all of the dust.
Wash with Mild Detergent (or Dish Soap)
If you have fabric shades, the most important thing to do before washing is to read the instructions. Otherwise, the generally accepted method is to use a mild detergent with warm water. Spot clean the fabric where needed.
For blinds, gently wipe clean with a sponge or cloth using a mild cleaning solution of warm water, dishsoap and white vinegar. Again, remember to reverse the slats to clean both sides.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals & Temperatures
Avoid harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures when cleaning your shades and window treatments. These agents have the potential to damage the material.
Be Mindful of Direction
Always clean in the direction of the slates or weave, because going against it will loosen or damage them.
Ask for Help
If you’re uncertain about the best cleaning method or solution to use for your window treatments, be sure to contact your local window treatment manufacturer for guidance.