Can You Clean Honeycomb Shades? Wilmington NC
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Can You Clean Honeycomb Shades?

Similar to cleaning a window’s glass, cleaning the window treatments and blinds always tends to be a chore, whether you’re giving them a quick dust or a good rinsing. Honeycomb shades, however, can be easily cleaned and won’t cause you a headache whenever you see dust accumulating on them.Copy of window covering safety part 2 (1)

Here are a few cleaning techniques for honeycomb shades that won’t take you all day or cause you any pain.


If your shades are relatively new, it’s easy to keep them looking their best with a little dusting every few weeks. Completely expand the blinds so the entire surface is exposed with no folds in the shade, then use a feather duster or a light wool duster to gently remove the dust. Start in one of the upper corners and gently brush across the shades until the dust is cleared.

Regular dusting will keep the shades looking like new. If there is some stubborn dust, you can use compressed air to blow the dust off the shades. A hair dryer set on low speed and low temperature is also a great tool to blow off any excess dust.


If your blinds have been neglected for a little while, you can use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove thicker layers of dust. Expand the shades, and again, starting in an upper corner of the shade, gently vacuum the shades with the vacuum cleaner set on a low suction.

To keep your honeycomb shades looking their best, try to dust or vacuum them whenever you clean the rest of your house. It’s an easy step to incorporate into your routine and will save you time in the future.

Spot Cleaning

Life happens and blinds have a tendency to get stains on them, whether from a clumsy child or an even clumsier adult. When you notice the spot, try to clean it as soon as you can, ideally before it dries. Mix a very small amount of mild dish soap with some warm water in a bucket. Dip a soft cloth into the solution and apply to a small, inconspicuous area of the shade and take note to make sure no discoloring happens.

Once determined the soap is safe for the fabric, gently dip the cloth in the soapy solution and rub it on the shade. Use a dry cloth to wipe it clean. For stubborn stains, you may need to repeat the process until the stain is fully removed.


If your blinds are still dirty after dusting, vacuuming, and spot cleaning, you can wash them in the bathtub. Fill your tub with about 6 inches of warm water and add a small amount of mild dish soap. Carefully remove your blinds from the window and dip them into the bathtub with the solution. Be careful to not submerge the top mechanism of the blind.

Gently rub the blinds with a soft cloth, removing any dirt and stains. Remove the shades from the tub and fill with clean water and rinse the shades until the soap has been washed away. Let the excess water drip away as much as possible. Then rehang your shades and fully extend them and allow time to dry completely.

Professional Cleaning

If your shades are still not clean after the above steps, you can have them professionally cleaned in your home using a process called injection extraction cleaning. Ultrasonic cleaning is another professional cleaning method for your honeycomb shades.

If you’d like to leave your cleaning to the professionals, contact Window Coverings of Wilmington today for an estimate.

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