Welcome to another Window Wednesday! Today I’m going to share with you 5 tips for caring for your draperies and blinds.
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Recently I gave a talk to my mom’s ladies club, and one of the most popular topics that the ladies wanted to ask me about was how to clean or take care of their window treatments. One thing that struck me funny when I was thinking about this after the meeting, was that I very rarely get asked this question by my younger clients, it’s usually the 50 -60 year olds and on up. So, I guess the younger crowd is not that into cleaning right?
You’ve spent a lot of money for them, so it really is a good idea to try to keep your draperies and blinds looking their best. So, if this has been one of your concerns, here we go.
5 Tips For Caring For Your Draperies And Blinds
1. Don’t dry clean or wash your draperies. Most drapery fabric is not washable. There are very few exceptions to this. If you try to wash your draperies, the lining and face fabrics may shrink or not shrink in different ways. So, the lining may end up being longer than the face fabric. The same holds true for dry cleaning. I have had clients bring me draperies that were washed or dry cleaned, and they need me to re-hem them because of shrinkage.
2. Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. Vacuuming really is the easiest and best way to care for your window treatments. I would use an old piece of panty hose to cover the end of an upholstery vacuum attachment, so that you don’t suck the fabric or trim into the vacuum.
3. Use a lint roller. This is especially helpful if you have pets who may rub up against the bottom of your draperies.
4. Spot clean when necessary. A couple of years ago I had a client call me wanting to know how to clean bug “droppings” off of her valances. If you have this kind of problem, I would suggest trying Resolve Carpet Cleaner on an inconspicuous part of the window treatment first, and if it doesn’t harm the fabric, then try it on the spots.
5. Use canned air to get bugs and other stuff out of blind pleats. I just learned of this tip from my installer. There are certain blinds, such as Silhouettes or cellular shades, in which bugs can crawl into the center of the pleat. It’s very hard to get them out. Canned air can be blown into the pleat, and it will shoot the bug, dust, or whatever out the other end.
If you have tried all of these tips, and need a better cleaning option for your draperies and blinds, I would recommend trying to find a reputable on-site drapery cleaning service.
Happy cleaning! Let me know if you have a tip for cleaning and caring for your draperies or blinds.