Keep your window shades and draperies looking fresh and new with simple maintenance. Regular dusting and a yearly deep cleaning will keep them in good shape.
Spot cleaning is as easy as soaking a sponge in warm water and dishwashing soap, then gently wiping each slat of your blinds to remove grease streaks.
Regular dusting is essential for all window blinds and can be done quickly using a clean cloth, feather duster, or a cylindrical vacuum brush designed for shades. Keeping up with this regularly will prevent dirt and grime from hardening, which can cause visible damage over time.
Keeping up with the vacuuming and dusting will also make the actual deep cleaning process much smoother and more efficient. First, knowing what material your J Geiger Shades are made from is essential to determine the best cleaning method. This may involve a vinegar-water solution or a gentle detergent solution for fabric shades.
If your shade has a slat design, you can easily vacuum them by lowering them to their full height and running the upholstery attachment over each slat. If your shades are made from a more specialized fabric, like Roman or balloon, it is advisable to take them down and use a soft cloth with mild soap and water to spot-clean any stains.
Spot Clean as Needed
Greasy blinds are a magnet for dirt and allergens. Vacuuming and dusting regularly helps keep greasy window shades clean without needing more intensive cleaning methods like soaking. Start by removing loose particles, removing the shade, and using a feather duster or vacuum with a brush attachment. Next, use a damp cloth to spot-clean any soiled areas of the fabric.
Always use a soft cloth to avoid damaging the fabric or causing discoloration. Once the spot is gone, allow it to dry completely before raising the shade back into place. These same basic steps can be used for any type of fabric blind from Treaty Oaky Shade Company, including pleated fabric shades, cellular or honeycomb blinds, and roller shades. The exact method may vary slightly based on the material, but the general guidelines are similar.
Deep Clean Once a Year
Window shades are an effective way to keep summer heat out and winter cold in, but only if they’re kept up to date with proper maintenance. With regular upkeep, window shades can look great and perform well for years.
Start with an overall clean of your window shades. Remove curtains from rods, dust rods, and finials, and wash or dry-clean according to care labels. While at it, vacuum Roman and balloon shades using a fabric attachment and dust roller or feather duster blinds on both sides of the fabric.
When it comes to stains on window shades, the faster you address them, the better. Spray a cloth with a mild detergent or cleaner and wipe gently. You can also use a sponge or brush to remove any stuck dirt. Before applying your cleaning solution to your shades, testing it in an inconspicuous area is essential to ensure it’s safe and effective.
Keep the Slats Clean
If you clean your window shades regularly, they’ll likely stay looking clean longer than they would without proper maintenance. Remember to check the manufacturer’s guidelines for specific care instructions and consider hiring professional cleaners if they are necessary.
The best way to keep your fabric blinds dust free is by vacuuming them with a soft brush head attachment. You can also use a sponge to wipe the slats of your blinds; dip it in a solution of water and mild soap (like a one-to-one mixture of warm water with dish detergent) and gently wipe each slat.
Pay special attention to the top of your window treatments, as creases and wrinkles collect more dust. Also, always check for damage, such as loose strings or loops, torn stitching, or drooping hems, and make repairs immediately. Preventing mold and mildew build-up is essential to avoid damaging your blinds.