Spring Cleaning Series: Blinds and Shades

We’ve already explored Advanced Flooring Care. As you quickly mark off items on your spring cleaning to-do list, make sure you leave some time for your window treatments with this easy guide to cleaning blinds and shades the right way.

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WINDOWS FIRST

Can you remember the last time you initiated a deep window cleaning operation? Before we continue, this article is going to make some general assumptions: your window has handles, a screen, and the glass panes themselves (with or without dividing lines). Raise those blinds and shades and get to work on what’s lurking behind them.

Spring Cleaning Means Screen Cleaning

On a warm, sunny day, remove the window screens first. Take them out in the yard and fire up the garden hose on a jet setting, of course, being careful not to damage your screens. You don’t want to get super close with high-pressure water because that could cause some damage to the screen – you also don’t want to be so far away that the gunk stays lodged in the screen. Find a happy medium. Once the cobwebs, dust, dried leaves, and ladybug corpses are washed out of the screen, let the screens dry out in the sunshine.

Ledge Work Required

Antibacterial wipes can go a long way for handles and ledges where dirty hands and fingers make constant contact. It’s truly amazing how much dust can settle on a window ledge in a few months, let alone a year. If you’re working with wood trim or dividers, it’s best to use cleaning products specifically designed for polishing wood.  In fact, always read the instructions and make sure any wipes or other products you use are safe for your windows.

Wipe Your Glass

While those screens continue to dry, now is the perfect opportunity to spray glass cleaner on your windows and do a little polishing. Don’t splatter cleaner over every square inch – it will likely dry before you can reach it. It’s best to lightly spray at the top of the window and wipe with a folded paper towel in downward motions to avoid streaking. The cleaner will also run in a downward motion, so follow the path of least resistance. Once the glass is spotless, flip your paper towel inside out and buff any remaining streaks so the window pane is dry.

 

HOW TO CLEAN BLINDS

How you clean your blinds will vary depending on whether or not you have vertical blinds or horizontal ones. Let’s take a look.

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Vertical

The nice thing about vertical blinds is that dust usually doesn’t automatically settle on the surface. Rotate your vertical blinds so the inside surface is facing out. Using a low power setting on a handheld vacuum attachment, gently vacuum from top to bottom on every blind. Now rotate your blinds so they are facing outward and repeat. There’s a better chance you’ll need to use a duster in the track that your vertical blinds are hanging from as cobwebs and dust like to hang out there as well.

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Horizontal

Cleaning horizontal blinds is a little trickier. Lots of dust can settle on horizontal blinds, whether you have wood, faux wood, or aluminum blinds. Our best advice? Rotate them outward and use a damp sponge (not completely soaked), wiping from side to side in one uniform motion. Dry with a clean cloth to catch any remaining dirt. Flip the blinds the other way and repeat the process.

The key thing to remember when cleaning your blinds is to exercise patience and to use the proper amount of pressure, as it is a delicate process.

 

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR SHADES

The great thing about Shades? You won’t need to clean them all that often. Whether your home is fitted with honeycomb shades or woven/roller shades, the main culprit is dust.

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Here’s a few of the things you’ll need:

Feather Duster

Having a feather duster on hand is your best bet for removing dust that accumulates on your Shades. Easy to use and light to the touch, you can wipe your Shades without worrying about damaging them.

Hair Dryer

You came for the quirky cleaning tips, right? Did you know you can use a hair dryer on a cool setting to remove dust from your Shades? It works surprisingly well and is fun to surprise the family members not used to seeing the hair dryer in your hand (let alone in the living room).

When in Doubt, Vacuum Away

If you’ve noticed a trend in this Spring Cleaning series, it’s the prolific vacuum. Vacuums are not strictly for floors. Sometimes a dusty shade needs attention the feather duster and hair dryer cannot provide. Keep your vacuum on a low power setting and carefully remove any remaining dust from your Shades the easy way.

 

That is how Advanced Window Treatment Care works. Hose down and dry out your dirty screens, polish those window panes and ledges, and bring a vacuum and duster for everything else. Most of all, bring patience. A thorough job isn’t usually synonymous with a quick job with Window Treatments. The bright side? You’ll only be deep cleaning window treatments once or twice a year at the most.

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