Window treatments are more than just decorative elements to add to an interior of a house. While they do look beautiful, they also serve the important purpose of allowing you to control the amount of light that comes in, which becomes essential in avoiding the bleaching of furniture or the sun’s staining of the wooden floors, as well as the degree of privacy. All window treatments should be dusted monthly no matter what.
There a few reasons why our curtains can get so dirty. When your windows are open, the curtains will absorb moisture and attract dirt from outside. When the windows are closed, the air and dirt particles can get through the cracks and drafts. Draperies are also where dust and dirt from ceiling fans and air vents settle. In this article are 3 of the major different types of window coverings and the best tried and true methods to keep them clean on a regular as well as yearly basis.
Curtains and Draperies
To clean your curtains, dust them using the upholstery tool on the vacuum set on low suction on a monthly basis. In terms of a yearly wash, IF the fabric is washable, put it in the machine on a gentle cycle. If the fabric is not washable, have it dry cleaned. Hang it to dry and iron it while it is still damp. If your curtains are in the kitchen or the bathroom, or in a particularly dusty climate, they may need to be cleaned more frequently. As with most materials and quality home articles, use your best judgement in cleaning your curtains and make sure that they are treated correctly.
Venetian and Vertical Blinds (mainly metal and vinyl)
To clean your venetian blinds or vertical blinds, follow this monthly routine. Close the blinds so they lie flat. Dust them from top to bottom, using a feather duster or the dust-brush tool on the vacuum, set on low suction, if available. Then you can close them and repeat the process in the opposite direction. For a twice yearly cleaning, wipe each slat individually with a cloth dampened with warm water and some mild dishwashing liquid. Be sure not to use abrasive cleaners, as they have a good chance of damaging the finish. You can take down the slats of vertical blinds a few at a time and lie them flat to make wiping them down easier.
Wooden Blinds and Shutters
For a monthly clean for your wooden blinds and shutters, close the slats so they can lie flat. Dust them from top to bottom, using a feather duster, an electrostatic cloth, or the dust-brush tool on the vacuum, set on low suction. Then you can close them in the opposite direction and repeat the process. It is important to remember that wooden blinds or shutters should not be exposed to steam or moisture in a kitchen or bath. For a twice yearly cleaning, wipe each slat with a slightly dampened cloth and then dry them.
For more tips and to see some of the greatest quality curtains and blinds in the area, visit Impact Blinds and Curtains in Melbourne at their showroom in Narre Warren to browse hundreds of different styles and materials and to pay a visit to their extensive fabric library. Their curtains and blinds experts have some of the greatest cleaning tips around as well.