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Tips for Cleaning Drapes, Fabric Shades, and Curtains

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Keeping your drapes, fabric shades, and curtains cleaned is an important chore that can be daunting to say the least. How you care for your drapes, fabric shades, and curtains depends heavily on the type of fabric they are composed of. Certain customized window treatment options should only be cleaned by professionals. However, the biggest tip in cleaning drapes, fabric shades, and curtains to keep them looking their best is tending to them frequently.

GENERAL CLEANING TIPS FOR DRAPES, FABRIC SHADES, AND CURTAINS

No matter the type of drape, fabric shade, or curtain the following are general tips in keeping these custom window coverings looking their best:

  • Weekly hand dusting or vacuuming keeps window coverings from becoming excessively soiled.
  • Tend to the pleats, nooks, tops, valances, and swags within the window coverings when cleanings as these areas like to collect the most dust.
  • Inspect your window coverings after cleaning to ensure its integrity.
  • Use mild detergent to spot clean areas. Do not let stains sit and tend to them quickly.

CLEANING TIPS FOR ROMAN SHADES

Caring for Roman Shades is not the same for all types. Roman Shades come in a large variety of fabrics so cleaning them depends on their composition- more specifically, whether or not they are washable.

  • Washable: Weekly hand dusting or vacuuming is always recommended. For deep cleanings, remove shades and carefully follow washing directions. Never put in a dryer, and hang dry instead. Iron out wrinkles.
  • Non-Washable: If you are uncertain whether your Roman Shades are washable, err on the side of caution and take them into a reputable dry cleaner that specializes in custom shades. Only clean these shades as often as needed. Excessively cleaning can cause damage.

CLEANING TIPS CELLULAR SHADES

  • Weekly hand dusting or vacuuming gently is always recommended.
  • Use a blow dryer on the coolest setting to remove dust from inside cells.
  • For deep cleanings, use mild detergent and microfiber cloth.
  • Pay attention to manufacturer cleaning specifications for blackout fabrics.

CLEANING TIPS FOR NATURAL MATERIAL SHADES, BAMBOO, AND WOOD

  • Weekly hand dusting gently is always recommended.
  • Always start cleaning from the top and work down.
  • Never use water to clean these shades.
  • If excessively soiled, use furniture oil on a soft cloth and spot clean.

CLEANING TIPS FOR PLEATED SHADES

  • Take shades away from the window and place flatly on a clean counter or table.
  • Vacuum both sides gently.
  • Use mild upholstery cleaner for gentle spot cleaning of soiled areas.
  • Carefully dry the shades by blotting them with a dry microfiber cloth.
  • Only clean these shades as often as needed. Excessively cleaning can cause damage.

CLEANING TIPS FOR ROLLER SHADES

  • Weekly vacuuming with gentle brush attachment or hand dusting.
  • For deep cleanings, use damp microfiber cloth to wipe clean.
  • Do not saturate with water.
  • Only clean these shades as often as needed. Excessively cleaning can cause damage.

CLEANING TIPS FOR DRAPERIES, CURTAINS, AND VALANCES

If you have done some research, then you know the jury is out on the best methods for cleaning draperies, curtains, and valances. Accent Verticals recommends weekly vacuuming as the cornerstone of maintenance. If your draperies are composed of washable fabric, seasonal deep cleanings are sufficed when paying close attention to the care instructions. For curtains that are not washable it is recommended that you allow professionals to take care of the seasonal deep cleaning needs. Regular spot cleanings with a mild detergent are also a good idea in-between deep cleanings.

Tips for Cleaning Drapes, Fabric Shades, and Curtains In Portland OR and Vancouver WA

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