From curtains and blinds to shutters and roman shades, window treatments require regular maintenance. Of course, how you clean your window treatments will depend on their material, construction, and size. If your window treatments are looking a little dull or dingy, follow these simple cleaning tips.
Read the Label
Some fabric window treatments such as cotton curtain panels are machine washable. However, custom-made drapes and fabric shades are likely not. Before washing your window treatments, read the label for care instructions. If your window treatments are not machine washable, hire a professional drapery business.
Dust is one of the biggest problems with window treatments. Over time, a layer of dust will settle on blinds and other types of window treatments. Before you can deep clean, get rid of the dust. Microfiber dusters work well to wipe away dust on slats and can be easily maneuvered around hardware and lift cords. For other types of window treatments, remove dust and grime with a vacuum brush attachment on a low suction setting. Remove dust from window treatments at least once a month.
Spot Clean Problem Areas
Have the kid’s been touching the curtains with dirty fingers? Or maybe Fido jumped up on the windows with muddy paws? No matter the cause of the mess, spot cleaning can remove most stains. Use a soft cloth or sponge dampened with warm water to spot clean shades and blinds. Use a mild detergent if needed to remove set-in stains. Blot the fabric; don’t rub, to avoid damaging the fabric.
Use Care with Fragile Curtains
Throwing fragile curtains like sheer fabrics or lace in the washing machine is a no-go. These lightweight fabrics are prone to snags and wrinkles if not properly cleaned. Hand wash delicate window treatments in a sink of cool water with one tablespoon liquid dish detergent. Allow the curtains to soak for about 10 minutes to loosen any dirt and debris. To restore your fragile curtains to a like-new appearance, hire professionals to come in and properly wash your window treatments.
Freshen Special Fabrics
You can freshen special fabrics such as velvet without ruining them. To clean soft luxury fabrics such as velvet or silk, gently vacuum the surface with a soft bristle attachment. Remove small stains with a clean cloth dipped in warm water and a hint of dishwashing detergent. Dry the spot by dabbing with a dry towel. Create a smooth finish on velvet by brushing the fabric with a soft-bristled brush.
Try Steam Cleaning
Steam cleaning loosens dirt on soft fibers so that they’re easier to vacuum or wipe away. Steam cleaners can also kill up to 99 percent of germs, bacteria, and dust mites that live on surfaces such as window treatments. You can purchase handheld steam cleaners for the home or call in the professionals to steam clean your drapes properly.
Treating your window treatments is a complex process that requires the assistance of an experienced cleaning company like Embassy Cleaners. Contact the pros to have your drapes looking clean and fresh.