When it's time to clean your blinds and shades, even your best friend is hard to find. But there are some simple
and effective ways to clean blinds and shades with minimal effort.
Use ordinary soft, clean dust cloths, chemically treated dust
cloths, vacuum cleaner brush attachments, or other available ordinary household aids. The paint surface of the slats
is quite smooth and dust is easily brushed off if done at regular intervals.
To vacuum, use the brush dust head attachment and tilt the slats first up, then down (but not entirely exposed) to reach
the entire top and bottom surfaces.
To dust, use a soft clean cloth or chemically treated dust cloth and tilt the slats as above.
To wash, use a damp cloth or sponge and mild detergent. Use warm or cold water - NOT hot water. Tilt the slats as
above. Protect the floor or sill from excess water. The blind can also be taken down, placed in a bath tub of mild
soapy water, then rinsed clean, wiped dry, or allowed to dry completely in the open air.
Care must be taken when cleaning real wood blinds. Washing the blind is
NOT recommended. Although the wood is sealed, water or even excessive dampness may cause warpage or discoloration of
the slats. Since the surface of the slats is smooth, dust may be easily brushed off at regular intervals using a clean
soft dust cloth or a vacuum cleaner brush attachment. Clean them as described above.
Fabric Pleated Shades
Most of the cellular shades, like the Hunter Douglas Duette
shade, are anti-static, and they require very little cleaning. A light sweep with your vacuum cleaner brush attachment
is all that is needed to keep them dust free. For a more thorough cleaning, the entire shade assembly may be gently
wiped with a soft damp cloth using lukewarm (not hot) water.
Take special care when handling opaque (blackout) shades
to avoid creasing, and do not immerse them in water. For tough stains, spot clean with a mild detergent. Some shades,
like the Graber Crystal Pleat have a "soft hand" fabric. Be very careful when trying to clean these types of shades as
they tend to "pill".
When in doubt, call us for assistance. You can also check with the
manufacturers, which usually have Service Policies Help Lines.