Spring cleaning: How to properly clean your shades

Leave no window covering behind this spring! Now that you know how to properly clean your blinds, let’s move on to shades. Cleaning your window coverings is easier than you may think. The tricky part is knowing which method is best based on the type of shades you have in your home. Check out Budget Blinds cleaning tips that will have your home feeling brighter and cleaner than ever.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades are one of the most versatile window coverings on the market. Cellular Shades, sometimes referred to as pleated or honeycomb shades, are built with small honeycomb-shaped pockets or ‘cells’ designed to keep air from escaping or entering your home to enhance your room’s energy efficiency. They are also one of the easiest shades to clean, just use the dusting tool on your vacuum. Give them a once-over on low suction and you are done, it’s that simple! After dusting, most stains can be lightly blotted away with a sponge, lukewarm water and a mild dish detergent (clear). Helpful tip: Dab, don’t rub the fabric.

Roman Shades

Roman shades are a popular solution for those who admire the elegant look of draperies but want the modern conveniences of window shades. They are a unique style of window covering that uses a variety of materials and offers two-fold styles. Cleaning roman shades should resemble the way you clean draperies and/or curtains. This process should take place while the shades are in the lowered position, giving you access to all of the material that is exposed on a regular basis. Start with the fold section closest to the top, and gently vacuum the material in a downward direction. If necessary, spot-clean any stains with a cloth dipped in water and mild dishwashing detergent, but do not saturate the material. Rinse and blot dry.

Sheer Shades

Sheer shades are innovative products that offer the privacy benefits of a window shade with the softening view of a sheer. They are one of the most lightweight, gentle fabrics and it is extremely important to take care of them the right way.  First, remove any light accumulations of dirt and dust by gently running the feather duster along every exposed surface of the shade, starting at the top and working your way down to the bottom. Next, use your vacuum with its soft brush attachment to remove any additional dirt, dust, or pollen from your shades. Finally, immerse a sponge or soft cloth in warm water with a mild soap mixture (wring it thoroughly to avoid causing water damage to your shades). Gently wipe along every exposed surface of the shades to remove light stains or dirt and dust accumulations.

Roller Shades

Roller shades are one of our more popular and highly customizable window coverings. Available in a wide variety of colors and fabrics, Budget Blinds roller shades feature diverse light-filtering options for greater flexibility when it comes to light control. To clean classic vinyl roller shades, vacuum both sides with a soft brush tool picking up small pieces of dust and dirt. Start from the top and go side-to-side working your way down. Next, use a sponge dipped in warm water and a mild dishwashing detergent (wrung out) gently cleaning any excess dirt or stains. Leave the shade fully extended to dry.

Happy spring cleaning from all of us here at Budget Blinds! We hope these helpful tips will make cleaning your window coverings an easier task. Ready, set, spring clean.