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Should I Clean my Window Treatments?
Regular care extends the life and look of your blinds, shades, shutters and drapery.
What Are the Easiest Window Treatments to Clean?
If you’re looking for window treatments that are easy to clean, purchase faux or alternative wood blinds and shutters. They are impervious to mold and mildew and require just periodic dusting to stay looking their best.
For window shades, choose a fabric that is treated to repel dust and dirt.
How Often Should I Clean My Window Treatments?
Add window treatments to your normal cleaning schedule. For example, when you dust your furniture, dust your blinds or shutters. For delicate treatments that need professional cleaning, hire a service to clean them every five to seven years.
Should I Remove the Window Treatments Before Cleaning?
Most window treatments should be dusted or spot cleaned in place to avoid surface damage, shrinking or wrinkling. If a thorough cleaning is required, carefully remove your treatments and place them on a clean, flat surface.
What Cleaning Tools Do I Need?
Clean most window treatments with a damp cloth, sponge or duster. You can also use the soft brush attachment on your vacuum with the suction setting to low.
Select cleaning products that are gentle on surfaces, like mild detergent. Avoid abrasive products and bleach, which may damage the finish. As a good rule of thumb, check the manufacturer’s care instructions before using any cleaning product on your window treatments.
My secret weapon is a hair dryer. Window treatments with front and back panels, like honeycomb shades, often get bugs and particles trapped in between the panels. A quick, cool shot with a hair dryer will remove any unwanted debris.
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