A Quick & Easy Guide on How to Clean Your Window Treatments

Window Treatments

You’ve just taken a look at several different window treatment options in your space. There are a couple aesthetics you just LOVE, but you can’t decide which to choose…

Sometimes, maintenance can be the tie-breaker!

I know it sounds a little silly, but if you’re simplifying your life and your space, the last thing you want or need is high-maintenance window treatments. We have kids, grandkids, and furbabies for that. 😉

To help you make a decision that works with your lifestyle, I’ve compiled this simple summary of cleaning requirements by window treatment. Take a look at a few you’re deciding between, or look at all of them if you haven’t narrowed it down yet.

As always, feel free to ask questions and I’m more than happy to weigh in. Enjoy!

 

How to Clean Wood, Faux Wood, Vertical and Aluminum Blinds

Wood Blinds

  • Need only a weekly light feather dusting
  • Do NOT use water to clean
  • Can treat the slats with Murphy’s Oil or another wood-safe product as desired

Faux Wood Blinds

  • Needs only a weekly light feather dusting
  • Can use a moist cloth and mild detergent for any necessary spot treatment

Vertical Blinds

The nice thing about vertical blinds is that they rarely collect any dust! This means they are generally low maintenance. If you have any pets or young children running around, we suggest opting for vinyl or wood blinds over fabric.

 

Fabric Vanes

  • Vacuum with a brush attachment every couple weeks or so
  • Treat with dry cleaners’ spot treatment if necessary

 

Vinyl Vanes

  • Vacuum with a brush attachment every couple weeks or so
  • Use hot water, a well-wrung microfiber cloth, and a gentle circular motion to remove any spots

 

Wood Vanes

  • Needs only a light feather dusting every few weeks
  • Do NOT use water to clean
  • Treat the vanes with Murphy’s Oil or another wood-safe product as desired

Aluminum Blinds

  • Water-resistant!
  • A light, weekly feather dusting will suffice
  • Use a soft sponge and mild detergent, or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment, to clean any dirt

 


How to Clean a Variety of Different Shades

Roller Shades

  • Fully extend the shade when cleaning and leaving to dry
  • Use mild dish detergent, warm water, and wring your soft cloth or sponge well!
  • Gently clean the shades from bottom to top

Solar Shades

  • Use a feather duster, soft cloth and mild detergent, or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to clean

Cellular Shades

Our cellular shades are treated to resist stains and static electricity, making them easy to maintain!

  • Used compressed air to clean any dust or debris out of the cells every couple weeks or so
  • To clean the exterior, use a microfiber cloth, feather duster, or vacuum brush attachment

Pleated Shades

  • Start with a light feather dusting
  • Vacuum from top to bottom with a soft brush attachment if needed
  • You can usually treat spots with a soft sponge and mild detergent but it depends on the manufacturer

Roman Shades

  • Vacuum weekly with a soft brush attachment
  • Use a microfiber cloth or feather duster to remove dirt
  • In the event of a stain, blot immediately with club soda to keep the stain from setting and take the fabric to a trusted dry cleaner

Sheer Shades

  • Generally, a light vacuuming with a soft brush attachment is enough
  • To treat spots, use warm water, a well-wrung microfiber cloth, mild dish detergent, and a gentle hand

Layered Shades

  • Generally, a light vacuuming with a soft brush attachment is enough
  • To treat spot, use warm water, a well-wrung microfiber cloth, mild dish detergent, and a gentle hand

Woven Wood Shades

  • Do NOT use water or harsh chemicals
  • Vacuum with a brush attachment
  • Or use a dry paintbrush to remove any dust from crevices

 

How to Clean Wood, Faux Wood or Composite Shutters

Faux and Composite Wood Shutters

  • Needs only a light feather dusting
  • Can use a moist cloth and mild detergent for any necessary spot treatment

 

Wood Shutters

  • Need only a light feather dusting
  • Do NOT use water to clean
  • Can treat the slats with Murphy’s Oil or another wood-safe product as desired

 


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