Spring is here! Finally! Now it's cleaning time. Not everyone's favorite thing to do, especially cleaning blinds. It can be time consuming. To make it a little easier on you, here are some tips!
Faux Wood Blinds or Composite Shutters:
To remove dust, a duster or sweeper attachment are your best options. Don't go over each slat individually. You'll be there all day. Close the slats all the way, wipe down one side and do the same to the other side. If there is yuck and grime stuck on your faux wood blinds, dip a cloth in some warm soapy water and wipe down the slats. This would be a good idea to do on any blinds in the kitchen.
Wood Blinds or Wood Shutters:
Same deal with wood blinds. Dust each side with a duster or sweeper attachment. We recommend you use furniture polish on them as well. Spray the polish on a cloth and wipe down each slat.
Cellular Shades & Solera Shades:
The best way to get rid of dust is with a duster or again, a sweeper attachment. If there is a stain on your shade, you are able to spot clean. Mix lukewarm water and clear dish detergent in a bowl. Dip a cloth or sponge into the mixture and lightly dab the fabric. Do not scrub the fabric. Rinse off the material and air dry. Cellular shades can also be professionally cleaned and is recommended if spot cleaning doesn't work.
Roller Shades & Transitional Shades:
Roller shades are flat so they don't collect as much dust as other blinds. Using a duster or sweeper attachment will get the job done. Depending on what kind of material your shade is made of, most things can be spot cleaned with a mild detergent. Sheer Weaves, also known as Screen Shades, are weather proof material so you can clean the fabric with soap and water. Light filtering and room darkening fabrics can be tricky. If they are 100% polyester, you can spot clean the fabric. Anything else, it is recommended you have it professionally cleaned.
Dust can settle in the folds of roman shades so the best tool to use would be a sweeper attachment. For any stain removal, you should have it professionally cleaned.
Sheer Shades (Silhouette, Nantucket, Shangri-la, or Luminette):
For any dust or bugs that get inside the vanes, use a low-cold setting on a blow dryer to blow it out. It is best to have it professionally cleaned for any stain removal.
Woven Shades (including Averte):
Dust can settle real easily on woven shades. A duster or sweeper attachment can be used to remove dust. You CANNOT spot clean woven shades nor can they be professionally cleaned. So yes, we're saying if you get a stain on your shade, you will have to buy a new shade or live with the stain. It's recommended to not put woven shades in areas where it is more likely to get a stain, such as a kitchen.
A duster is the best option to remove dust from the vanes and valance. You can use soapy water to remove any stains or dirt.
Again a duster or sweeper attachment will work best to remove dust. These should be professionally cleaned only.
Fabric Valances or Draperies:
The best way to remove the dust is with a sweeper attachment. Do NOT spot clean. Have your fabric treatments professionally cleaned.
Hope these tips help you out!
By Ellie Rieser