Cleaning and Caring for Your Window Treatments

Prolong the life of your window treatments by properly cleaning and caring for them. Both readymade and custom window treatments from Innuwindow are designed to require minimal care, however regular upkeep is still necessary. Proper cleaning and care depends on the fabrics and construction of your window treatment. Check out our tips!

Safe Ways to Clean Your Window Treatments

When cleaning the actual window, spray glass cleaner directly on the cloth rather than the window to prevent  cleaning chemicals from damaging your window treatment.

Alternative Wood Blinds and Shutters

Wipe down alternative wood window treatments with dryer sheets to reduce static cling and repel dust. We do not recommend using any chemical or ultrasonic cleaning solvents as they may damage the product. When cleaning alternative wood shutters, use a mild soap on a damp rag and allow them to air dry.

Fabric Shades

Fabric Shades need to be periodically “dressed,” which involves steaming the fabric to achieve a uniform appearance along the full length of the shade. We recommend using a hand-held steamer on the lowest setting. To remove any dust or allergens, you may also use a vacuum on the lowest setting with a soft brush attachment. Do not place the brush attachment directly on the fabric to avoid damage.

Draperies

Daily care for drapery panels can be simple; gently shake them out as they are drawn closed at night. This can help prevent dust and dirt from getting into the fibers. Every month or so use a vacuum on the lowest setting with a soft brush attachment. Pay special attention to the bottom half of the window treatments, as this is where most dust typically accumulates.

Sheers

For lighter cleaning, gently shake your sheer drapes out to release any dust or allergens. You can also use a vacuum on the lowest setting with a soft brush attachment. Do not place the brush attachment directly on the fabric in order to avoid damage.  For a deeper clean, sheer window treatments should be professionally dry cleaned.

Wood Blinds

Lightly clean using a dry, soft feather duster or a clean cloth/ dusting mitt.  We do not recommend using any chemical or ultrasonic cleaning solvents as they may damage the product.

How often should I clean my window treatments?

Window treatments need to be regularly maintained to have them looking as great as they did when they were first installed. However, this key chore is often overlooked by many home-owners. Adding  your window treatments into your weekly cleaning routine will make it less of a chore. You should be periodically dusting them.

In addition to the weekly care you should occasionally give your window treatments a thorough  cleaning to eliminate and remove allergens. Window treatments act as a kind of filter between your home and the outdoors, so inevitability they can pick up dirt, pollens, pet dander and other allergens over time. This is especially true with fabric window treatments that are low to the floor like panels or drapes. Once your window treatments pick up allergens, they can impact the air quality of your home. As the air blows in through the windows, it’ll unsettle the allergens, which will cause them to circulate throughout your home. The perfect time to schedule a deep cleaning for your window treatment is during your spring cleaning routine.

 

Innuwindow- Caring and Cleaning Window Treatment INFOGRAPHIC- March 2017

 

If you still are unsure about the proper care/cleaning for your window treatments, contact us today for help!

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