How to Clean Roller Shades

How to Clean Roller Shades

Your roller shades will occasionally require some cleaning. Over time, they’ll go through everyday wear and tear which may leave them dirty or dusty. You may be wondering about the best way to clean your window treatments without damaging the material. Read on to learn the best way to clean your roller shades.

Cleaning Checklist

  • Vacuum with Hose Attachment
  • Warm Water
  • Microfiber Cloth
  • Sock
  • Mild Dish Soap

The Best Way to Clean Roller Shades

Never submerge your roller shades in water, as it may damage internal mechanisms.

  1. Determine whether your roller shades are vinyl or fabric. Vinyl roller shades feel slick and smell like plastic. Fabric shades have a woven feel and are thinner than vinyl shades. If you’re unsure, you can always contact to find out your roller shade fabric type.
  2. If you have vinyl roller shades, wipe them down with warm, soapy water for cleaning. Be sure to use a clean microfiber cloth and mild dish soap. When you’re done wiping your roller shades, leave them lowered to air dry.
  3. If you have fabric roller shades, they should only be dusted – do not clean them with water. Use the brush attachment of your vacuum and sweep across the fabric while you support the shades from the back. This prevents the fabric from being crumpled and sucked into the hose. If you do not have a brush attachment for your vacuum, you can cover your vacuum hose with a sock or pantyhose.

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