Roller shades are a popular choice for homes and offices alike. They provide a sleek and discreet covering for windows and are a great design choice. Just like everything else, though, they can collect dust and dirt over time. This fuzzy brown layer can be an eyesore and also a trigger for allergies and respiratory issues. Therefore, it is important to maintain a good cleaning routine and to see to it that you take good care of your roller shades. This will help keep your home presentable and will allow these window treatments to last for as long as possible.
Regular Inspection For Dirt
First, take a look at your shades to determine exactly how clean or dirty they are. If there are noticeable signs of dirt or dust, then it may be best to clean them. If there are serious signs of damage, then you may need to consider replacing them. The installation of new shades should probably be left to the experts, to ensure it's done properly. The cleaning of them, on the other hand, is something you can definitely do yourself.
Check the Manufacturer's Recommendations
It is very important to check the manufacturer's recommendations before you start cleaning your roller shades. The materials can be damaged in the process if you are not careful and that is obviously not the desired end goal. In fact, the recommendations may even be loaded with tips for making the process easier and faster, so they're definitely worth a look!
Getting Rid of Dust
With only a light layer of dust on new shades or recently cleaned shades, a clean feather duster may be enough to get rid of the particles and avoid smears. Run your feather duster over the shades before you proceed to the more powerful dirt removal methods, to get rid of easily removed layers.
Regarding Vacuum Cleaning Shades
A vacuum can help you remove thicker layers of dust and dirt more quickly than a feather duster. It is important, however, to use a soft brush attachment in order to protect the material and prevent smearing. Some types of upholstery attachments may also work. Be very cautious while vacuuming so as to not cause accidental damage.
Using a Soft Brush
For materials that have light stains, you may need to get a little deeper. Use warm soapy water and a clean sponge or a soft brush to work them out. After washing your shades and gently rubbing the dirty areas to get rid of the stains, you can use a blow dryer on the material to help speed up the drying process. Wet fabric can be left with new stains so you'll want to prevent that by ensuring that it's thoroughly dry. Remember, roller shades are a classic type of window treatment and can be a huge upgrade from the outdated mini shades. That's why you need to take good care of them, and ensure that they have a long and useful service life. Give our team at Tustin Blinds & Shades a call today to learn more about our different available products.