The window shades on your Durham, NC home are probably fantastic, as shades are a great window treatment option for every room in your home. They come in almost limitless materials and colors, and go with tons of different decorating styles.
Shades are, in the most simple form, and piece of fabric cut to the window size and attached to a frame or rod that is then fastened to the top of the window frame. Shades can be pulled up or down with a roller or pulley system. There are lots of different types of shades like roller, Roman, solar, pleated, balloon, cellular and bamboo.
However, your window shade won’t stay fantastic forever if you don’t give them the care they need. A big part of this care is cleaning. A lot of homeowners find it hard to clean shades and blinds, and with good reason. It can be tricky. But, with the following tips, you’ll find it a lot easier to keep your window shades and blinds looking great and working well.
- Use A Fabric Cleaner – You can always take your fabric shades down and bring them to a professional cleaner, like your local dry cleaner. There are also some towns that have specific shade and blind cleaning businesses.
- Spot Clean – It’s easy to spot clean shades with an all-purpose cleaner. However, always spray the cleaner onto a clean, soft cloth and never directly only the shades.
- Vacuum – Dust quickly builds up on shades, making them look dirty and dingy. Use your vacuum to remove dust buildup on your shades. Place the brush attachment on the end of the hose and gently move it down the shades.
- Wipe Wood – Wood shades can be cleaned with a little water on a soft cloth. Just slightly dampen the cloth, and wipe away dirt, dust or grime. Be sure to wipe away any excess moisture with a second, dry cloth when you’re done.
- Give Them a Bath – You can always give your shades a deep clean at home. Fill your bathtub with warm, soapy water, and lower the blinds inside. Slowly swirl them around the tub, or gently move them up and down. Be sure to rinse them well after washing to remove any excess soap or leftover grime. Hang them up outside to dry quickly so they don’t drip on your floors.
- Dust Away – Some cheap or poorly made dusters can scratch or damage your shades. If you prefer to use a duster, be sure to get a feather or lamb’s wool duster, as these kinds are soft and scratch-free. Brush the duster up and down on the shade to remove any dust or dirt.
Its not hard to keep your window shades looking great for years to come if you use these cleaning tips. If you want more tips, or have general questions on Durham, NC window shades, Kiwi Designs, Fine Blinds & Shutters, can help. Please pay us a visit at 1785 NW Maynard Rd Cary, NC 27513, or give us a call at (919) 380-0898.