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Common Mistakes When Cleaning Window Treatments

Posted: Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 | Filed under: cleaning window treatments, durable window treatments
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Window Cleaning MistakesYou put a lot of energy into picking the perfect window treatments for your home. Whether you’ve chosen traditional blinds or window shutters, all window treatments require tender loving care if you want them to operate and look the way they did when you brought them home. A lot of the dust that winds up in homes accumulates on window treatments. So if you’re a person with pets, or if someone in your home has allergies, regularly cleaning your window blinds and shutters is a great way to curb problems with dander and other allergens early. That said, a lot of people end up damaging their window treatments in the cleaning process. Below is a list of common mistakes that people make when cleaning their window treatments, and ways to avoid repeating these mistakes.

Waiting to Clean Spill Stains

This is as big a mistake with window treatments as it is with clothing. When a colored liquid spills on drapes or blinds, you have a very limited amount of time to take action and prevent staining before the color of that liquid seeps into the fibers. Failing to clean up a spill immediately could result in permanent staining that only a professional cleaning company will be able to help with. So to avoid that, spring into action the moment a spill occurs.

Using Corrosive Harsh Chemicals

A lot of homeowners report using chemicals like ammonia or bleach when cleaning window treatments. Although these cleaning products are very effective when applied correctly, they’re typically used by professional cleaning services very sparingly. Unless you have proper training, using harsh chemicals while cleaning blinds or shades can cause permanent staining and discoloration of wood, aluminum, vinyl, and other materials. So please, stick to water, soap, seltzer, and other non-corrosive materials.

Not Reading the Instructions for Cleaning Your Window Treatments

All window treatments come with detailed instructions for how to clean and care for them. If you’re like most homeowners, those instructions probably get thrown out in the recycling with the boxes your window treatments came in. The manufacturers included detailed instructions for maintaining products. These instructions will contain details on how to remove dirt, dust, and stains. They will also include a list of cleaning products that you can safely use on fabrics, slats, and headrails. Make sure to keep those instructions in a drawer in your house for reference whenever you’re cleaning your window treatments.

Keep Your Window Treatments Looking Beautiful, Chic, and Clean

You put so much time into picking the perfect window treatments for your home. Whether you went with blinds, drapes, shades, or shudders, make sure you avoid classic window treatment cleaning mistakes when performing routine maintenance. Be sure to never let a liquid spill sit on your drapes or blinds. The longer you wait to take action, the more likely the dye or natural colors from the liquid are to seep into the fibers of the material. When cleaning, always be sure to use non-corrosive cleaning products to ensure the integrity of the material is maintained. You should be able to find a list of acceptable cleaning products in the instructions that come with the window treatment. The instructions will also include specific methods and techniques for getting out stains, dirt, and dust. Be sure to keep your window treatments clean, and to contact Shading Systems for any of your window treatment needs.

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