How to clean your window treatments

Posted on 12/09/11 in GREAT WHITE BLOG, 1 Comment

With so many different types of window treatments out there, knowing how each type should be cleaned is difficult to remember.  But it is of great importance to have this knowledge so you can avoid damaging them and being faced with purchasing new ones.

To help you avoid ruining your window treatments, here are some cleaning methods for a few of the many types.



Before you begin vacuuming, open the pleats by giving them a gentle pull.  Put the vacuum on a low setting and attach the brush piece that came with your vacuum.  If the material is fragile or loosely woven, keep the vacuum an inch away so you don’t damage it.

Keep in mind that dust collects mostly at the bottom of your drapes, so concentrate on the lower half when vacuuming.   Also, if there are any spots or dirt stains on your drapes, scrub them away with a baby powder dusted toothbrush.  The dirt will disappear.


Fabric Shades

You will need to take a look at the tag on your fabric shades to see what you can use to clean them.  If they are cotton, canvas, or a treated fabric, generally you can use water.  Linen, silk, and wool MUST be dry-cleaned!  You can also try rubbing them gently with a dry-cleaning sponge.

For washable shades, vacuum them first.  Then, dip them in a bathtub filled with a couple inches of cool water mixed with dishwashing liquid for 5-10 minutes.  Then, drain and refill the tub with clean water and rinse the shade.  Blot it with a towel to remove excess water and hang to dry.


Vinyl/Plastic and Wooden Blinds

For wood, vacuum them first.  Then, with the slats angled downward, wash one slat at a time with the dishwashing liquid and water solution.  Use a damp rag to wash them and a dry towel to remove excess water.  Turn the slats the other way and repeat the process.

Perform the same procedure for vinyl blinds, but use all-purpose cleaner instead of the solution.  You may also want to look at the label for instructions or warnings.  For the cord, extend the shade all the way up and running the damp rag over it, followed by the dry towel.


If you have any questions or need assistance with cleaning your window treatments, give us a call at Great White Cleaning!

One Comment

  1. furniture restoration says:
    Monday, December 19, 2011 at 4:16am

    What valuable information. Really helpful, You have written very useful tips. These are very essential tips since time is very important. Thank you.