Custom Blinds Require Careful Cleaning—Learn How to Make Them Shine!
Your cellular shades—also called honeycomb shades—were a fantastic investment. These custom blinds are not just easy to operate and seamlessly fit into every room of your home, but they’re also brilliantly energy-efficient. When closed, the empty cells create tunnels of still air, impeding the transfer of heat into or out of your home through your windows. But to keep this investment looking and functioning its best for years to come, it’s important to maintain it—and that includes keeping them clean!
If you have a feather duster or vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment, then you’re already prepared to handle regular cleaning of dust and dirt from your honeycomb shades. Make it a habit whenever you clean the room that your shades are installed in to fully close your custom blinds, and at the very least gently run the feather duster through the depressions between each cell, working from the top downwards to keep from getting dust on a portion you’ve already cleaned. You may also gently vacuum each with a brush attachment, being very careful not to damage the material. Doing this on a regular basis will keep your cellular shades looking great for years to come, but sometimes, a little extra care will also be required.
The most important thing to remember is to always be gentle with your shades, and to never use any abrasive materials or cleaning agents on delicate custom blinds. These may damage or deteriorate the material, discolour it, or otherwise do more harm than good.
For stubborn dirt or stains, you’ll need the following:
- A white, lint-free washcloth. Avoid colours or patterns, as these could bleed colour into white or light-coloured shades.
- A gentle, colourless cleaning agent or detergent. Avoid bleach or other corrosive ingredients.
- Warm water.
Dampen the washcloth in a solution of warm water and detergent, and proceed to clean your blinds from the top downwards. Don’t pull, tug, or jerk the fabric, or put any undo strain on it that may warp its structure.
Some more heavy-duty shades can be submerged in warm, soapy water and allowed to soak briefly. Make sure not to submerge the head rail. Gently agitate the water by hand, and then hang the shades to dry. Allow them to air dry, and do not open the window they are installed in until they have dried completely.
And voilà! You now know how to take care of cleaning your cellular shades, ensuring they continue to help regulate light and temperature in your home with style and flair for many years!