Cleaning Tips

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

Professional cleaning

  • 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

Drapery cleaning

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.

Here is a link to a YouTube video on cleaning shades and blinds

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