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Care and Maintenance for your Blinds and Shades

We know how much you detest the chore of cleaning your blinds and shades. However, with a 30-minute, once-in-a-month care and maintenance regime, you can ensure that your beautiful window treatments stay as good as new for years to come. Read on for a few handy tips and tricks for cleaning your different kinds of blinds and shades within minutes.

Faux wood blinds

Faux wood blinds are extremely durable and sturdy. You can clean them up by using a light vacuum fabric attachment or a simple static charged duster to efficiently remove dust between the slats. You can wipe off spills and stains by making use of a mild detergent and a soft cloth or sponge.

Sheer shades

Those gorgeous translucent window treatments, which are so amazing at diffusing sunlight within your rooms, might have a delicate appeal, but are quite sturdily built using woven polyester fabrics. You can easily clean up all that dust and soot accumulated within the knits by setting up your vacuum cleaner to the lowest suction mode and using a brush attachment.

Roman shades

There are a variety of roman shades available in the market today. Irrespective of whether they are pleated, draped or flat, you can employ the usage of the soft brush tool of your vacuum cleaner and set it up on low suction mode for gently pulling off the dust and soot particles. To get rid of fingerprints or soil stains, you can use a fabric cleaner spray and scrub off the area using a damp sponge.

Vertical blinds

The cleaning and maintenance techniques for vertical blinds largely depends on the kind of material they are composed of. Vinyl vanes can be vacuumed or dusted with a damp sponge using a mild soapy solution. You can also remove your PVC louvers from the window and immerse them in a soap solution to remove light soil stains. Fabric vanes, however, should be cleaned only using a good quality gentle fabric cleaner and must never be immersed in soap solution.

Roller shades

There are a plethora of roller shades available in different textures and fabrics nowadays. However, most different kinds of roller shades can be cleaned by monthly vacuuming with a soft brush attachment. The vinyl roller shades are exclusively composed of synthetic polymers that are quite durable and easy to clean. For cleaning spots and soil stains on your vinyl roller shades, you can make use of a soft sponge dipped in a soapy solution, and rub gently onto the surface for spot treatment. In case you vinyl shades have become excessively laden with dirt and grime, you can remove them from the window and immerse them in a bathtub with lukewarm water, and a gentle dish washing detergent. You can then scrub off the stubborn stains by using a soft fabric brush and rinsing with clean water.

By following these simple cleaning tips for your expensive blinds and shades, you can effortlessly 

Easy Breezy Summertime Windows

When summertime finally arrives, most people look forward to opening the windows to let the sunshine and fresh air into their homes. Even if you are lucky enough to have summer-like weather all year round, a change of window treatments can bring a living space back to life and give the place a different feel. There are many choices today when it comes to dressing a window, but there are specific ways to welcome the warm rays of the sun along with gentle breezes while blocking out the heat of the day or compromising privacy.

Start With a Clean Canvas

Start with sparkling-clean windows. Here are some helpful window cleaning tips:

Clean windows on a cloudy day to avoid having them dry too quickly, leaving streaks. It’s easier to see spots and smudges, too.

Use a clean soft cloth for drying the windows or even black-and-white print newspaper. Both pick up dust and dirt without leaving cloudy streaks.

Use a high-quality window cleaner or make your own by combining one half teaspoon of liquid dish detergent and three tablespoons of vinegar with two cups of water.

Wipe in small circles to absorb all the liquid and to remove all dirt, pollen and grime.

Lighten Up

Use summertime fabrics, such as delicate lace or crisp linens. Sheer curtains can give you a bit of privacy while allowing the air to flow through your windows. Woven shades made of wood or bamboo can give the room an airy, beachcomber look and adds privacy and blocks out light.

Get Footloose and Fancy Free

Embellishments can take a plain curtain and give it some personality and pizzazz. Sew mother of pearl button or seashells to your curtains. You can put them in a pattern, or for a bohemian vibe, attach them randomly. It may take you some time, but the beautiful results are worth it.

Think Outside the Hardware Box

Use cup hooks, knobs or upholstery tacks to hand tie or tab top curtain panels along either side of your windows. They add a unique touch to the overall look of a room. Look for interesting ways to tie your curtains back, such as using jute or long strands of straw for a country summer feel. Cut and clean small tree branches to either embellish or to use in place of a curtain rod.

Mismatch for Whimsy

Although the steadfast rule has always been to hang curtains that match, consider changing it up a bit to create a whimsical, eclectic look for the summer months. Hang wooden blinds on one window – you may want to pick the sunniest, hottest window in the room, and then place curtain panels on the windows on the opposite walls. You could also put sheer or white curtains in between a pair of patterned panel drapes – a cool, classic summer look.

Block Out Peering Eyes and Hot Rays

If your windows are on the street or sidewalk level, you can hang sheer or lacey curtains half way up a window or install window blinds that move from the top down. This modern look can also block out the harsh rays of the sun, so the room will feel cooler and your furniture fabrics won’t fade out.

Choose a Summer Palette

Use summertime colors that compliment your existing walls and floors. A beach palette, such as sand, ocean blue, coral, yellow and sea foam green all give you that summer feel. Yellow curtain panels on a window can brighten up a room and give it a lighter feel.