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Tips To Add Longevity To Your Blinds

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

window shade cleaningEven though we are in the business of selling blinds, today’s blog will give you some tips about adding additional lifespan to your blinds. Our window coverings are quality products and always come with a Limited Lifetime warranty. By handling them with care and cleaning them regularly they certainly can stay crisp and beautiful longer. Here some additional tips by category:

Cellular Shades
Cellular shades are made of Polyester and are a strong quality product. The main thing that gets them looking old is discoloration from dust. Key is to dust them regularly or vacuum with a brush attachment with softer suction. Some of our brands like Comfortex even allow you to wash the shade. You can take their cellular shade and submerge it in a tub of water with a mild detergent. Make sure to take the fabric out of the metal components, and lay the shade afterwards flat to dry. Once the shade has dried it should be raised into the open position for the folds to fully take shape again. A properly maintained shade can look beautiful for years and years to come.

Silhouette Shades / Silhouette Blinds
We actually carry the Sheer Shades by Comfortex and Good Housekeeping that are like the Silhouettes. These delicate shades need to be cared for regularly to keep the dust from settling in the sheers. We recommend using a hair dryer for this. Make sure to use it on a COOL setting! The hot heat could melt and damage the sheer material. A hair dryer will also get little insects and particles when blown out to the sides. This will help to keep your shade look crisp and clean. A vacuum cleaner with brush attachment can be used as well.

Wood Blinds / Faux Wood Blinds
For wood blinds one of the most important tips we can give is to raise them properly. One of the first things to wear out on a wood or faux wood blind are the polyester strings. Due to the weight of the blind strings will wear and eventually tear from normal operation. The wider and heavier the blind, the more stress the strings are exposed to. However, when pulling the pull cords at the correct angle which is about 45 degrees inward towards the blind, it will eliminate most of the friction of the cord against the cordlock. Also, additional support when raising wide blinds by supporting the bottom rail with the other hand underneath the bottomrail, will take additional weight and stress off the cords and help the stings last longer.
Regular dusting and cleaning to keep a blind from looking dingy doesn’t hurt of course either.

Pleated Shades / Roman Shades
On fabric shades, simple regular dusting and vacuuming with attachment is about all that can be done. A quality product will stand the test of time and look beautiful just like that!

Mini Blinds/ Vertical Blinds
Same here, regular cleaning with the occasional bath is all that is needed. Besides that, keep in mind that not an entire blind has to be replaced, just because a couple of slats are bent. Simply replace the broken slats to keep your blind looking like new again. Measure routeholes and exact width and the manufacturer will be able to remake these parts without a hitch.

How To Best Clean Sheer Shades

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

sheer-shades

Do you have Silhouette type shades in your home? Then you are familiar with this problem. Flies and little insects like to get caught in-between the vanes and no the problem is how to get them out. Sheer shades like the Comfortex Shangri-La collection are beautiful yet delicate shades. Two layers of sheers have floating center vanes suspended in-between and it is difficult to get into these spaces to get debris or insects out.

Here is what you don’t want to do! You don’t want to use a vacuum cleaner. A vacuum cleaner has too much power and will possibly suck the fine sheer up, crinkle the vanes and possibly even tear your sheer. For standard cleaning a feather duster will do fine and get the dust off the front layer. However for anything that gets caught in-between the vanes, a blow dryer is a great tool. Your regular hair dryer on a COOL!! setting will help in this situation. It is very important not to use the hot setting as the Polyester sheer can easily get damaged. On a cool setting you can carefully blow small debris and insects out by holding the dryer sideways into the vane space. It will also help to blow out settled dust that might have built up in the sheer material.

For any major cleaning sheer shades can be taken to professional cleaners that offer Ultra Sonic cleaning services. For the day to day cleaning, the methods described will work fine. Hope this little trick will help you keep your sheer shades beautiful and clean!

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