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Mistake to Avoid When Cleaning Window Treatments

Like everything in your home, window treatments must be cleaned regularly to keep them in good condition. All window coverings should be lightly cleaned once per month and receive a deep cleaning twice a year. Fabric coverings, such as cellular shades and Roman shades, will require a bit more effort than solid treatments, like blinds.

Cleaning window treatments, mistakes to avoid when cleaning window treatments near Albuquerque, New Mexico (NM)

Hunter Douglas window coverings are made to last but can become damaged if not correctly cared for. Removing dust, pet hair, and dirt not only improves the appearance of your blinds but also maintains air quality for those with asthma or allergies. Fortunately, most mistakes made when cleaning window treatments are easy to avoid. We’ve put together some tips for you to use to properly clean your curtains.

The most frequent mistake made is using too harsh cleaners for the material being cleaned. Many people believe the stronger a chemical is, the better it will clean. Unfortunately, this rarely applies to window coverings. Strong cleaners can cause more harm than good when misused, including staining and discoloring your window coverings.

A second easily avoided mistake is not reading the care instructions. The majority of manufacturers provide instructions for properly cleaning window treatments, including removing dirt and mild stains. The care procedures will provide you with products you can safely use. Certain window treatments, such as those made of sheer material or silk, require a more gentle approach.

You should always perform a spot test on an inconspicuous area whenever cleaning a window covering. Wait a few hours after application to see any fading or discoloration. If the cleaner doesn’t react well with the material, you will need to use a different method for cleaning. If you cannot achieve good results on your own, it may be time to call a professional cleaning service. 

Time is of the essence when treating spills or stains. You need to treat the area before the stain has a chance to set in the fibers. A damp cloth should be used to absorb as much liquid as possible, and a mild cleaning solution should be used to remove any of the stains. The same methods used for spot treating stains on clothing can often be used on window treatments to prevent stains from becoming permanent. 

Even the most careful cleaning methods are sometimes not enough, and your window treatments will need to be replaced. We’ve been helping locals select the perfect window treatments since 1998, and we’re here today to help you. As an independently owned and operated business, we’re able to offer personalized service with local flair. We provide professional measuring and installation services, including PowerView® Automation installation. Schedule your consultation today by calling us at (505) 352-5250. Our website offers ideas categorized by room, window shape, and window treatment function if you need some design inspiration. We’re located in Albuquerque, NM, and are proud to serve the areas of Rio Rancho and Santa Fe, NM. We are looking forward to working with you!