Tips and Tricks
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Spring Cleaning Tips for Blinds and Shades

Don't settle for dirty blinds or dusty shades. It is time to fight back!

Over time, your window treatments will accumulate dirt, dust, and allergens. That is just life. But that doesn’t mean you should settle for dirty blinds or dusty shades. It is time to fight back!

General Cleaning Tips for Window Treatments

  1. Dusting: First thing’s first. Grab your feather duster, Swiffer duster, or whatever you prefer, and get to work. Don’t forget to clean both the tops and bottoms of each slat. Dust knows no bounds and will hide anywhere. So be thorough.
  2. Vacuum: Sometimes, dusting alone just isn’t enough to get every little particle. So bust out the vacuum, attach the brush attachment and choose a slow suction setting so you do not damage the window treatments. Tilt your blinds at a 45 degree angle to clean. Then repeat on the back side.

Dust and vacuum once a month to keep up with dirt and grime.

Special Cleaning Tips for Different Window Treatments

We know what you were thinking. “Hey Next Day Blinds, there are so many different window treatments, you can’t use the same cleaning method for each one, right?” Well, you are correct. Although dusting and vacuuming are safe for all window coverings, some require special care.

  • Wood Blinds: Wood blinds should be treated similar to wood furniture. Never use water, solvents, or abrasive solutions on your wood blinds. These could cause warping and scratches, both of which will ruin your beautiful blinds. Instead, use a dry duster and vacuum, like described above, followed by a soft cloth and furniture polish.
  • Faux Wood Blinds: You know the No. 1 benefit of faux wood? It’s not wood! Following dusting and vacuuming, you can use a microfiber cloth, soap and water to wipe down your blinds (top and bottom). Don’t forget to dry each slat.
  • Aluminum Blinds: After dusting and vacuuming, use a damp cloth, soap and water to clean the slats. Then wipe dry.
  • Shutters: First and foremost, you guessed it, dust and vacuum. Next, using a microfiber cloth, wipe the surfaces with furniture polish. You can use a toothbrush for hard to reach areas. Like wood blinds, avoid water, solvents, or abrasive solutions.
  • Woven Wood Shades: First, remove dust using the brush attachment of your vacuum. Then, if the shade is made of wood or bamboo, use a damp cloth and furniture polish. Avoid using water, solvents, or abrasive solutions.
  • Vertical Blinds: Dust and vacuum your vertical blinds first. The next step depends on if your blinds are vinyl or fabric. For vinyl blinds, use a damp cloth, soap and water to wipe each slat. For fabric blinds, spot clean using a soft cloth, soap and water.
  • Cellular Shades: Using the brush attachment on your vacuum, swipe the shade from side to side. To remove any remaining dust, grab a microfiber cloth or lint roller. You can use compressed air to remove dirt, dust, and grim from inside each cell. If there are any stains on your shade, spot clean with a clean cloth and warm, soapy water.
  • Roller Shades: First, remove dust using the brush attachment of your vacuum. Then wipe the shade using soapy water. Don’t forget to dry.
  • Roman Shades: Dust and vacuum your Roman shades then spot clean using a clean cloth and warm, soapy water. Make sure to completely dry the shade to avoid water marks.

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Founded in 1993, Next Day Blinds is a fully integrated, full-service custom window covering company located in Jessup, MD, just 25 miles from Washington, DC, and 15 miles from Baltimore, MD. From sales and design to manufacturing, measuring, installation, and service, we do it all. Our goal is to help you create a better tomorrow by providing a superior result--blinds, shades and shutters that look nicer, last longer, and are there when you want them.