Helpful tips for cleaning Blinds – Sunshade Blinds & Drapery

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One of the most common questions we get asked about our products is “How do I clean my blinds?”.

For years we have been cleaning our wood blinds, venetians or shutters with a rag or a fluffy duster running along the slats from one end to the other – only to have the dust re-directed making our best cleaning efforts futile.  One of our favorite products is the Swiffer Feather Duster (or similar product). The electrostatic properties lift the dust out of the blind, locking it in and leaving you spotless blinds with little effort.

For sheer shades like the Hunter Douglas Silhouette, you need to be careful as they are a really delicate product.  You can vacuum* them like drapery or dust them.   You will find that small insects like flies and gnats tend to fly in between the vanes and little black specs throughout the shade. The easiest way to fix this problem is to purchase a can of compressed air (similar to the ones used to clean keyboards).

Most quality fabric window coverings will need to be professionally cleaned every 7-10 years to keep them looking new – or possibly sooner if they become stained or soiled.  Some companies will come to your home, remove the blinds to be ultrasonically cleaned and then re-install the shades in your home.  Other companies can clean the products while they are hanging in your windows.   Some products can actually be cleaned in your bath tub which seems simple but it’s actually a bit of a nuisance, especially if you shades are too big for the tub.  Refer to your owner’s manual to see if the type of blinds you own can be washed this way.

Warning –2 things I don’t recommend: Using a  hair dryer to clean your sheer shades this will work on cold air however if you blow out hot air you will melt the sheer so it is best avoided.  Second is an air compressors, they can rip the shade apart if you are not careful.

*remember to consult your owner’s manual before vacuuming you shades. As you can damage them if you do not use the right setting and attachment.