How to Clean Window Treatments for Spring
Spring Cleaning: Freshen Your Window Treatments
There’s nothing like freshly washed windows to announce that Spring – and its beautiful sunlight – is here! Don’t diminish that fresh look with window treatments in need of a good cleaning.
Blinds and Plantation Shutters
With wooden and metallic blinds, roller shades, and other horizontal treatments, the main concern is dust control:
- The new dusting cloths on the market can be particularly helpful or you can use the dusting attachment of your vacuum.
- Consider microfiber cloths, which are lint free, non-abrasive and hypoallergenic – and great at grabbing dust and dirt.
- Avoid using magnetic cleaners like dusting mitts on light-dimming fabrics as you may damage the backing.
Draperies and Roman Shades
Although we don’t recommend a specific cleaning schedule for drapes and curtains, you can improve their longevity with regular maintenance. Check labels on sheers and other treatments before you toss them in your washing machine to make sure they are washable. If they are, tumble dry to the touch and take them straight to your rods, and you will most likely avoid ironing.
With just a few hours of work on your window treatments, your awakening from winter hibernation with a good Spring cleaning can be even more complete. Gone are dust, dirt and pet hair, and you can throw open the windows to let the fresh air flow in!
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