Just selecting a beautiful window treatment is not enough. Protection and maintenance of your curtains, blinds and drapes is also important for your home décor, comfort, and privacy. However, the cleaning and maintaining window coverings depends on the type of material they are made of. Each dressing needs a different treatment. Applying the same method of cleaning on all types of dressings can damage them.
If you’re planning to do a little spring cleaning, then here’s how to do it with different types of window coverings.
1) Roman Shades
All roman shades, whether pleated, draped or flat, should be vacuumed gently with a soft dusting brush attachment. Keep the suction on low and clean the shades while holding the brush attachment. For removing tough stains, don’t rinse the shades; instead dip a cloth in soapy water and spot-clean it. Using fabric cleaning wipes is also recommended.
2) Wooden Blinds
Cleaning faux wood blinds is similar to how you’d clean wooden furniture. Use a soft feather duster or vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to dust the blinds. If dirt accumulates on the blinds, then use a lint-free cloth dipped in warm water to clean it. Make sure the blinds are air-dried afterwards. Don’t use ultrasonic cleaners, scrubbing cleansers or chemical solvents on the wood or faux wood blinds.
Sheers are made of lightweight fabric and need to be handled with care. Set your vacuum cleaner to low power and use the soft brush attachment to clean the sheers with swift hand movements. You can use a sponge dipped in mild dish soap to clean grime or stains on the sheers. Avoid using ammonia based cleaners as they can damage the delicate fabric. If you’re opting for ultrasonic cleaning, then make sure that you consult a professional with proper equipment and knowledge.
4) Plantation Shutters
Plantation shutters are easy to clean. Use a soft duster for dry dusting the shutters. Now wipe off the remaining dust with a microfiber cloth. For dusting the areas that are difficult to reach, use a toothbrush. After the dusting is completed spray on some furniture polish for a long-lasting shine.
5) Honeycomb or Cellular Shades
The best way to clean cellular shades is to vacuum them with a hose brush attachment horizontally. Follow the pleats to clean the shades. In the case of stains, don’t scrub the fabric or else the pleats will lose their shape. Use a dry cloth, dish soap and warm water to blot the affected area. Now blot dry it with a clean cloth to avoid any water damage.
Keep your window coverings looking like new by using the right cleaning techniques. Apart from periodical dusting, weekly cleaning is also necessary. With regular care and maintenance, your window treatments are sure to last a long time.