Cleaning blinds and other window coverings is a chore people forget about, or end up only doing once a year as part of their spring cleaning. When you neglect cleaning your blinds, though, they can collect dust, dander, and pollen, all of which can pollute the air in your home. If you’ve been sneezing lately, or have dusted every piece of furniture and are still seeing debris in the air when the light hits it just right, then it’s time to clean your window coverings.
Couvrant Interior Window Fashions specializes in window coverings, and we love helping our clients in Northwest DC find the perfect treatment for their windows and their design vision. We also want you to be able to love your window coverings long into the future, which is why we’re sharing a few cleaning tips with you today!
We suggest vacuuming dust off of blinds or curtains whenever you clean your carpets or rugs. Simply run the brush attachment over the surface of the window covering. It’s great for removing dust from hard-to-reach areas and tall windows.
Cloths, Towels, and Dusters
The best tool for cleaning blinds and shutters ia feather or microfiber duster. For a quick clean, run a duster over the window covers. If you do this once a week, you’ll be able to save yourself a lot of work in the future.
If you’ve let the dust and dirt build up, you’ll need to get a tool that’s a little stronger. It might sound strange, but we’ve found that an old sock is the best blind cleaning tool. Lay an old sheet or some newspaper on the floor beneath the window, slip a sock onto both hands, and go at it! If you’re cleaning a nonporous surface then you can use hot soapy water. Another innovative tool for those hard to reach places — a paintbrush.
Blinds Vs. Curtains
Before cleaning blinds or shutters, you’ll need to consider the material before cleaning. You can use a soft, wet cloth to clean dirt off of plastic and faux woods. Aluminum blinds are very durable, and you can use a spray bottle and rag to clean them. Bamboo or other woods will weaken if they get wet, and do fine with a light dusting.
Most curtains are washable, but depending on the size or type you have, you might not be able to wash them. If that’s the case, you’ll need to clean them frequently with a damp cloth or a vacuum.
Clean On A Regular Basis
This goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway because it’s important — the more often you clean your curtains and blinds, the longer they’ll last. Keeping your window coverings clean improves the air quality in your home and helps mitigate allergies and asthma.
Couvrant Interior Window Fashions
The right window treatment can transform a room — don’t let built up grime detract from its impact! Couvrant Interior Window Fashions offers a wide range of window coverings for any type of window or door. We also provide free consultations and a flat installation fee. Contact us today to get started.