Tips for Cleaning Window Treatments
When cared for properly, quality window treatments can last years. Part of proper care is making sure window treatments are cleaned appropriately.
The material your window covering is made from is the primary determinant of how it should be cleaned. Window treatments are made from a variety of materials, including natural woods, composite materials and fabrics. Below are some tips and tricks for cleaning your window treatments.
Faux Wood or Composite Products
- Dust regularly using a soft, dry cloth, Swiffer or feather duster.
- Reduce static and help repel dust by wiping the product with dryer sheets, such as Bounce, Downy, etc.
- DO NOT use abrasive cleaners or chemical solvents. These cleaners will scratch or damage the surface.
- For deeper cleanings, bathtub cleaning or water immersion may be used. First, remove the product from your window and immerse entire assembly in lukewarm water with a mild detergent. Wash for five minutes by gently moving liquid around with your fingers. Rinse with clean water. Before removing from the rinse water, close or tilt the shade to allow excess water to drain off. Re-install into window opening and lower blind or shade all the way to allow it to dry completely.
- If you are unsure if your blinds or shades are faux wood or composite, contact a window treatment expert.
- Dust regularly with a dry, soft cloth, Swiffer or feather duster.
- DO NOT use ultrasonic cleaning or chemical solvents. Scrubbing cleansers are also not recommended and will damage the product.
- Lemon oil or wood preservatives can be used to clean stain-finished wood blinds and shutters. Avoid using water, which may damage the surface.
- To ensure a long life, protect all fine wood products from exposure to steam or high moisture areas, rain or outside irrigation systems.
- When cleaning any window, spray glass cleaner on the cloth rather than spraying directly on the window. This will prevent damage to the wood finish by splattering cleaner.
Fabric Treatments and Soft Sheer Shades
- Dust regularly using a dry, soft cloth, Swiffer or feather duster to maintain like-new appearance. Many fabric shades are already treated to repel dust and dirt.
- For deeper cleaning, vacuum gently with the brush attachment of your vacuum. Be careful not to crimp or crumple the shade when vacuuming.
- Daily operation (raising and lowering the shade) will also contribute toward repelling dust.
- Compressed air can be used in the air pockets of cellular shades or in the vanes of a soft sheer horizontal shade to remove any trapped debris.
- A hair dryer (non-heat setting only) can be used to blow off dust from all shades. Only use cool air. Hot or warm air can melt the sheer fabric surrounding the fabric vanes in soft sheer horizontal shades.
- Spot-clean shades, blinds and other fabric treatments with a soft cloth, or a sponge moistened with lukewarm water. Blot gently to avoid creasing or damaging the fabric. Rubbing can damage fabrics.
- Do NOT use magnetic cleaners, such as a dusting mitt or Swiffer, on room-darkening fabrics. This may damage the room-darkening backing.
- When cleaning any window, spray glass cleaner on a cloth rather than spraying directly on the window. This will prevent damage to the fabrics by splattering cleaner.
- For deep grime or stains, fabric window treatments may need to be removed and professionally cleaned. Some drapers and curtains may be dry cleaned. Do not machine wash drapes and curtains. Check with the manufacturer for recommended cleaning instructions.
For more information on window treatment care or if you’re interested in updating your blinds, shades, shutters and more, contact Made in the Shade Wichita at (316) 272-2173 for a free, in-home consultation.