Spring Cleaning Tips for Window Treatments
Some have thought the origin or idea of spring cleaning dates back to the Persian New Year where the practice of spring cleaning, the Persian word meaning “shaking the house” is still continued.
“Shaking the house” means everything in the house is thoroughly cleaned, from drapes to furniture. Since the practice of spring cleaning is especially prevalent in climates with a cold winter, the months of March and April are often the best time to give your home that thorough cleaning because it is getting warmer.
Now is the time to open your doors and windows, let fresh warm air in and do some spring cleaning. Here are a few tips to on how to clean your drapes and other window treatments.
It is important to check the manufacturer’s label to see what kind of material your drapes are made of. Some types of material cannot be washed and must be dry cleaned.
Custom made drapes are probably best left to the professional cleaners, especially if the drapes are designed with pleats. However, these drapes can be gently vacuumed using a vacuum attachment with a soft brush. Then take a damp cloth or microfiber cloth and gently wipe them down. If drapes are washable, put them on gentle cycle to wash and on a low setting on the dryer, then remove promptly.
For wood shutters, use a vacuum attachment with soft brush or a microfiber cloth to wipe down the louvers once a week. Use a small brush such as a toothbrush to clean the corners and crevices.
To bring out the beauty of the wood put furniture polish on a soft cloth and gently wipe over each slat.
For the vinyl shutter: Dust shutters first with soft cloth or vacuum attachment with soft brush. Make a solution of warm water, a small amount of mild detergent, and with a damp cloth wipe down completely. Rinse with another damp cloth in clear water and then dry thoroughly.
These blinds are a bit more challenging to clean. Regular maintenance is the key. To avoid dust and dirt build-up it is important to have a weekly routine. Make a mixture of warm water and mild detergent and put in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto a soft cloth, turn the slats to face you and wipe down from left to right, then reverse the slats and do the other side.
Cellular or Honeycomb Shades:
Again the key is to remove the dust first. Use a vacuum with an attachment, a feather duster, or a microfiber cloth to gently remove any surface dust. If there are any stains, use a small amount of mild soap mixed with water, and a soft cloth to gently blot out the stain.Test the water soap mixture on a corner of the shade to make sure it does not damage the material, leaving a water mark. Pat the shade dry with a cloth or let air dry
If you have any doubts or questions on how to clean your window treatments, contact us here at Home Decor Solutions and our professional staff will be happy to assist you. We are one click, one call away.