How to Clean Aluminum Blinds, Vinyl Blinds, & Window Shades
Your Hunter Douglas Colorado Springs window treatments are an investment for your home. When life gets busy, cleaning and maintenance may be forgotten in lieu of typical household chores. It’s important to learn how to clean blinds and shades to help preserve their longevity and protect your investment.
To keep your blinds shiny and new, it’s important to clean them on a regular basis to reduce dust and grime. Keep in mind the following tips for optimal cleaning and performance of your blinds.
Dust: Dust window coverings each week to maintain a fresh, clean appearance on shades, shutters, blinds, and window panels.
Vacuum: Use a vacuum brush attachment for a deeper clean. Most blinds benefit from vertical cleaning with a brush attachment. Avoid using this on privacy sheers.
Hair Dryer: Use this method to blow off dust or blow dirt or bugs outside of the creases in honeycomb shades.
Spot-clean: Use a sponge or soft cloth dipped in lukewarm water to spot-clean. A mild detergent may help remove stains or grease. On fabrics, blot to avoid damage.
Dry Clean: Some fabrics can be taken to a dry cleaner to remove dirt and stains. Consult manufacturer directions before taking certain fabrics to the dry cleaners.
Cleaning Recommendations For Blinds
Styles of blinds should be cleaned differently. Discover the best ways to clean the blinds in your home.
Aluminum Blinds: These blinds can be maintained with a dust rag or damp cloth. To remove tough grease, take your aluminum or vinyl blinds down one at a time and soak them in a bathtub with dish soap. Go over the slats with a sponge or soft brush. Rinse and change the bath water between each set of blinds.
Wood Blinds: While these blinds are treated to repel dirt, they can be cleaned with a soft cloth and furniture polish. Spray polish on a cloth and wipe each slat for a fresh shine. Avoid cleaning wood blinds with excessive amounts of water.
Faux-Wood Blinds: Dust these blinds with a soft cloth or vacuum. For tougher grease and dirt, use one part vinegar and one part water. Dip a soft cloth to wipe down each slat. Make sure to clean each side.
Fabric Blinds: Use a blow dryer on honeycomb shades. Treat other fabric blinds with a damp sponge or soft cloth and warm, soapy water. Blot the area but be careful not to over soak or stretch the fabric. Dry cleaning may be appropriate for some fabric blinds.
Maintain a regular cleaning schedule to keep your blinds looking new. They’ll last longer and look great for years to come!
If your blinds need an upgrade, at Made in the Shade we offer quality window coverings for any window. As an authorized dealer for Hunter Douglas in Colorado Springs, we offer the best selection of blinds on the market. Check out our showroom or call (719) 344-5494 to schedule an appointment for new blinds in your home.