As you are in the midst of your spring cleaning or planning to clean soon, we know that most window treatments are often overlooked. While we only offer the cleaning of draperies, you can clean your window treatments yourself. This great article on cleaning your window treatments comes from Angie’s List.
Should I Clean My Window Treatments?
Regular care extends the life and look of your blinds, shades, shutters, and drapery.
But most homeowners rarely clean their window treatments. For many people, cleaning window treatments just seem too intimidating. But in most cases, maintaining your window treatments is as easy as simply operating them. Regular movement prevents dust and grime from collecting on the surface. For a more thorough cleaning, you probably already have the required tools lying around the house. Take a peek at this window treatment cleaning advice.
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 hairdryer. 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.
When you’re ready to get your draperies looking brand new too, give us a call at J and R’s Carpet Cleaning.
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