Many people ask about how to clean blinds, shades and shutters. Here are some suggestions we have received from our manufacturers.
Normal Cleaning – with the shade or blind fully down
- Dust with dusting brush
- Use a vacuum to clean deeper
- Compressed air or using a hair dryer without any heat can be used to blow off dust
- Clean spots with warm water and a mild detergent – like you would clean a shirt or blouse
Use a damp cloth to rub the shade and remove the dirt.
- If you coat vinyl vertical vanes with a weak soap solution, it will reduce static buildup. Or you can use dryer sheets
- Faux wood blinds can be cleaned with a damp cloth
Cleaning using a bath tub
- Fill your bath tub (6 inches to one foot deep) with warm water
- Add a small amount of mild detergent
- With the shade fully down, take down the shade
- Immerse in water but do not immerse the head rail (top bar of shade)
- Wash the shade for five minutes by gently moving the water around with your fingers
- Rinse the shade with warm water. (Drain and refill the bathtub.)
- Drain the water from the bottom rail by tilting the shade and letting the water run off
- Don’t squeeze the fabric but using the cord, close the shade
- Put the shade back in the window and lower the shade fully. Let the shade air dry
Note: Don’t use this method on blackout cell shades, fabric vertical vanes, woven woods, roller shades or real wood blinds
- Services are available to ultrasonically clean shades and blinds
- Injection/extraction cleaning services can come to your home to clean your shades and blinds
- Ultrasonic cleaning can be done for mini blinds, and regular cell shades
If you are taking draperies to a professional cleaner, remove the pins from the draperies and mark with a pinned note which window they are from so you will know where they belong when you get them back from the cleaner.