Spring is quickly approaching...well, at least for some people. It snowed out here last night, SNOWED. It's crazy. However, for the rest of the normal world out there, it's time to start the cleaning frenzy!
Not being one to stray from tradition, I'm here to offer some solutions to cleaning window treatments. And yes, you're welcome
What I'll do is cover the most popular styles and how to clean them. If you have questions on other styles, feel free to comment or check out the attached guide provided by Springs Window Treatments. As well as covering the best ways of cleaning in general. Some may seem like common sense, but we'll cover them anyways just because ^^
- Typical Cleaning and Maintenance
Dusting: Feather dusters win hands down. These will do a long way and help no matter what style blind you have. Antistatic dusters, like Swiffers are great for doing flat surfaces like shutters or Vinyl blinds. There are also hand-held dusters that have multiple extensions that fit between the slats of horizontal blinds and clean multiple slats at once. However they can be hard to find, and you achieve the same result as you would with the feather duster you already have.
Vacuuming: Only hand vacuums need apply here. Please keep the shop-vac's and super, high pressure vac away. Too much suction on these can hurt or even ruin the shades entirely. Use these sparingly and as far away from the shade as possible.
Spot Treatment: For small stains that you can't remove, a mixture of warm/lukewarm water and woolite works great. If it's deeper in, there are more serious methods such as extraction; all of which would be best left to a professional cleaning service.
When using the aforementioned spot treatment methods, use a very soft cloth or sponge. Try not to rub the actual shade, but rather just dab it. Afterwards, wipe that area off with regular lukewarm water and wipe parallel to the pleats of the shade. Leave the shade open and let it air dry. If you have a Blackout type shade or a pleated shade with a a liner, be sure to be extra careful as it's easier to crease those permanently.
Water is your worst enemy. Always do your best to avoid having it make contact with the blinds (unless they are Faux Wood) as it can cause swelling and expansion. Using Pledge or a similar cleaner can help bring back the luster of the natural wood and protect it later on down the road. For dusting, tilt the blinds till they are nearly closed, which allows for optimal coverage with the duster. If you opted to purchase Lightmaster/Lights-Out/Privacy style wood blinds, the slats can be removed for individual cleaning.
These are much for resilient and durable, allowing you to use a much wider range of cleaning methods. For Vinyl slats, you can scrub and rub without any problem due to the thickness of the material. However, be sure to test any new chemical cleaners in an inconspicuous spot, like the back of the slat. Sometimes the vinyl may react adversely.
For other solutions, follow the chart below:
And as always, I invite you to share your cleaning tips with the rest of the community! Do you have any odd ways of dusting? Which rooms do you start with first?