We know that during a Spring Clean, many of us preform deep and thorough cleaning to remove all the things that might be missed during regular cleanings throughout the year. One particular category that is widely overlooked is window coverings. Yes, blinds, curtains, shades, and shutters often only get a good cleaning during the great Spring Clean. Therefore, it is best to make it a good cleaning. Here is how you can get each type of these window coverings clean without damaging them irreversibly.
In Coachella Valley, blinds are exposed to a tremendous amount of sun and dust. Consequently, when cleaning blinds it is a good idea to use a protectant like Pledge or Endust. Spray these protectants on and wipe them on the surface. Additionally, you can rub a dryer sheet on blinds to reduce to amount of dust that collects.
One of the best ways to keep curtains (or drapery) clean is to have them dry cleaned. This way you can be sure that the fabric is cared for accordingly. Some curtains have a dust protectant sprayed on its fabric. However, if you find that your curtains are accumulating a lot of dust you can spray them with a product like Scotch Guard.
Cleaning shades can be difficult, especially if you have never cleaned them before. On honeycomb shades, use a hair dryer to blow dust out of the inner channels of the shades. Be sure to use the lowest heat setting available. If you have vertical blinds, put the fabric parts in the washing machine on the gentlest setting. Never allow these to sit in wash too long and never put the casing in the dryer. Simply allow it to air dry.
Among the easiest window coverings to clean are shutters. Use a product made for wood cleaning and a microfiber cloth towel. Smooth and even motions with the microfiber towel will remove any dirt and dust from the wood.
Added tip: You can really preserve the life of each of these window coverings by lightly dusting and vacuuming them periodically. Doing so prevents permanent damage to the material.