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Product Maintenance and Care

In this section we are giving detailed maintenance and care instructions about our popular Hunter Douglas products, which are made for a lifetime of wear-resistant, trouble-free performance. All maintenance and care information for other products is available upon request. Many Hunter Douglas fabrics are specially treated to repel dust and dirt. And all aluminum blinds are treated with DustShield that inhibits dust build-up. Regular dusting maintains a like-new appearance of most blinds, shades, shadings and sheers. For deeper cleaning, vacuum gently with a brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner. Spot-clean shades and blinds with a soft cloth or sponge moistened with lukewarm water. Detailed cleaning instructions are included with every Hunter Douglas window fashion, Bali Blind, Comfortex and Graber product. 
 

DESIGNED FOR EASY CARE
All Hunter Douglas products are made for a lifetime of wear-resistant, trouble-free performance. Many shade fabrics are specially treated to repel dust and dirt. Aluminum horizontal blinds are treated with
Dust Shield™, an anti-static paint additive that inhibits dust build-up. Detailed cleaning instructions are included with every Hunter Douglas window fashion.
Questions? Contact us or the Hunter Douglas Customer Information Center at 1-800-789-0331.
 

PRODUCT MAINTENANCE
Please request cleaning charts listing recommendations for Hunter Douglas window fashions. For additional information, please contact us. Most soft alternative window treatments do not require frequent cleaning. A light dusting with a vacuum cleaner brush attachment on a regular basis will keep them looking new for years.
 

RECOMMENDED CLEANING METHODS
Dusting. Regular dusting maintains a like-new appearance of most blinds, shades, shadings and sheers.

Vacuuming. For deeper cleaning, vacuum gently with a brush attachment of any vacuum cleaner. Most products may be vacuumed using a vertical stroke, however do not use a brush attachment with Luminette® Privacy Sheers.

Compressed air or hair dryer (non-heat setting). Use to blow dust off selected window coverings.

Spot-cleaning. Spot-clean shades and blinds with a soft cloth or sponge moistened with lukewarm water. Add mild detergent if needed. Blot gently to avoid creasing or damaging the fabric. Rubbing can damage fabrics. Spot-cleaning may result in cleaner areas.

Stain-finished wood blinds. Water may damage surface, so use lemon oil or wood preservative to clean.

Aluminum horizontal blinds. Use an over-the-counter blind cleaner with a soft cloth.

Vinyl and aluminum vertical blinds. Reduce build-up of static electricity by applying a very thin film of detergent on all slats and vanes.

Cleaning Options

Bathtub cleaning/water immersion. This method is used for The EverWood® Collection alternative wood blinds, Modern Precious Metals® aluminum horizontal blinds and most, but not all, honeycomb fabrics.

  1.    Immerse entire shade assembly in lukewarm water with mild detergent. Wash for five minutes by gently moving liquid around with your fingers. Important! Do not immerse headrail on EasyRise™, LiteRise®, UltraGlide®, PowerRise® or Vertiglide™ systems.

  2.     Rinse with clear water.

  3.     Close shade before removing from rinse water.

  4.     Hold rails and tilt the shade to allow excess water to drain off.

  5.     Re-install damp shade into window opening.

  6.     Lower shade all the way to allow it to dry completely.

Note: Honeycomb shades should be dried in the fully lowered position.

Please request chart for products not recommended for bathtub cleaning.

Certain honeycomb fabrics should not be immersed in water. (Duette/Applause).

 

Ultrasonic cleaning.
Professional ultrasonic cleaning is recommended for several products (request charts).

 Do not use this method for: Alouette® LightLouvers, Chalet Woods® and Country Woods® wood blinds,

 EasyGlide®, UltraGlide, PowerRise, Skyrise®, Simplicity™, Vertiglide and LiteRise systems, Jubilance®

 Roman shades, EverWood and WoodMates® alternative wood blinds, Silhouette® Bon Soir™, motorized

 systems, Nantucket™ Misty Harbor™ or metallized-backed shades. Important! Do not immerse headrail

 on UltraGlide, PowerRise, LiteRise or Vertiglide systems.

 

On-Site injection/extraction cleaning system. This type of cleaning injects a cleaning solution into the fabric and extracts the dirty solution in the same motion. It is a very effective way to deep clean your window treatments. The service is typically performed in the home so there is no need to remove the window treatments. One of the leading companies that provides this service is On-Site Cleaners. They have a national network of trained professionals that can clean any soft, fabric-based Hunter Douglas product including Luminette Privacy Sheers, Alouette LightLouvers, Silhouette and Vignette® shadings and Duette honeycomb shades.* Dry method is recommended for certain fabrics. Important! Do not clean Duette headrail or Vignette fabric-covered headrail. Hunter Douglas acknowledges these cleaning methods as being safe and effective. We cannot attest to the quality of equipment or services provided by any independent cleaning facility. † There are some specific fabric exceptions. Please request chart for such products.

 

HELPFUL HINTS

Faux Wood or Vinyl Products
To reduce static cling and help repel dust, wipe the product with dryer sheets. Do not use abrasive cleaners or chemical solvents, as they will scratch or damage the surface.
 

Wood Products
Clean using a dry and soft feather duster, clean cloth, dust cloth or dusting mitt. A vacuum with the soft brush attachment can also be used. Ultrasonic cleaning or use of chemical solvents and scrubbing cleansers are not recommended. They will damage the product. Protect all fine wood products from exposure to steam or high moisture areas, rain or outside irrigation systems to ensure their long life. When cleaning any window, spray glass cleaner on a cloth rather than spraying directly on the window. This will prevent damage to the wood finish by splattering cleaner.
 

Cloth Tapes
Spot-cleaning with fabric cleaning wipes found at your grocery store is recommended for all tapes. These will typically not leave a stain or discolor the tapes. We suggest a cleaning test on the underneath side of the blind where the tape wraps around the bottom rail where any stain would be the least visible.100% polyester tapes can be spot-cleaned with cool distilled water using a clean white cloth. Support the trim from behind using another clean cloth that is dry. Use a gentle blotting action to clean the spot or soiled area. Rinse by blotting with clean distilled water. Let air dry. A gentle detergent can also be used on the 100% polyester trims. Spot-cleaning may result in cleaner areas. If the tape is shiny or has a luster, DO NOT USE WATER. It is most likely rayon or acetate. The result will be a water stain. Wipes are the best for all fiber contents.
 

Shades, Shadings, Louvers or Window Panels
Do not use magnetic cleaners such as a dusting mitt on light-dimming fabrics. This will damage the light-dimming backing. When cleaning any window, spray glass cleaner on a cloth rather than spraying directly on the window. This will prevent damage to the fabrics by splattering cleaner. While some fabric window covering products may seem perfect for an outdoor setting, all are recommended for indoor use only.

 

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