Since we’ve all been cooped up indoors, many people are taking advantage of this time to get things done around their home that they usually don’t think of doing. For instance, when was the last time you cleaned your window coverings? If it’s been awhile, don’t fret, you’re not alone. And, Hunter Douglas window treatments are easier to clean than you may think.

To maintain your Hunter Douglas window treatments’ quality, you’ll need first to learn how to care for them properly. These window coverings are meant to require minimal care and cleaning, but you should be adequately prepared when the time does come.

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Removing Dust and Dirt

Dust and dirt collect on blinds and shades fairly quickly. To maintain your window coverings’ quality, you should use safe cleaning methods and use the proper materials. Use these tips to get clean, dust-free blinds or shades.

Dusting

As long as you regularly dust your blinds or shades, all they’ll require each time is some light dusting. You can use a microfiber cloth or microfiber duster, feather dusters, or wool dusters. However, you should avoid using magnetic cleaners, like the dusting mitt, on light-dimming fabrics. These types of cleaning materials can damage the backing of the light-dimming fabric. Take your duster or cloth and lightly glide it over the surface of your blinds or shades.

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As long as you regularly dust your blinds or shades, all they’ll require each time is some light dusting. You can use a microfiber cloth or microfiber duster, feather dusters, or wool dusters. However, you should avoid using magnetic cleaners, like the dusting mitt, on light-dimming fabrics. These types of cleaning materials can damage the backing of the light-dimming fabric. Take your duster or cloth and lightly glide it over the surface of your blinds or shades.

Blow the Dirt Away

For this cleaning method, you’ll need either a can of compressed air or a hairdryer. Using your can of compressed air or your hairdryer (used on a non-heat or cool setting), blow the dust off selected window coverings. Please avoid using your hairdryer on a hot setting as it can cause damage to your blinds or shades.

Spot Cleaning

Remember to check your operation manual before spot cleaning your Hunter Douglas window treatments to prevent any damage. You can also check the Care and Cleaning guide from Hunter Douglas to ensure your product is safe to be spot cleaned.

While spot cleaning using household cleaning products can be an effective and safe cleaning method for your window coverings, try using a mild detergent and a clean, soft cloth. The detergent should be free of additives and be non-abrasive. You should avoid rubbing detergent into the product because it can damage the fabric. Instead, gently blot the spot with your clean cloth until clean.

Steaming

Steaming is mostly used to remove wrinkles from the fabric, making your window coverings look more elegant and put together. This can be a tricky procedure because getting too close to the material can lead to damage. To prevent possible damage, be sure to hold your steamer 6-8 inches away from the fabric. Also, avoid using heavy-duty steamers as they can be too abrasive for the material. We recommend using a hand-held travel size steamer that produces consistent steam.

Injection and Extraction

Another tried, and true method we recommend is injection and extraction cleaning. This is one of the most effective ways to deep clean your window treatments and provides beautiful results. To do this, you’ll inject a cleaning solution into the fabric and immediately extract the dirty solution by vacuuming it out. This helps the fabric dry quicker and ensures any dust or dirt is thoroughly removed from the product. This cleaning method is mostly used on room darkening fabric blinds or blinds that can’t be cleaned ultrasonically.

Check Out Your Local Hunter Douglas Dealer

For more tips and tricks for cleaning your Hunter Douglas window treatments, connect with the experts at Horizon Window Fashions. They carry a variety of blinds and shades from Hunter Douglas. As a premier dealer of window coverings for the Reno and Sparks area, Horizon Window Fashions can help you decide which window treatment will be best for you and your home. Take a look at the Horizon Window Fashions Gallery and see all the options we have for you to choose from!

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