Are your dingy honeycomb blinds starting to bother you?
It’s not fun to live in a home where dust flies in your face every time you raise your shades to look out the window. Before you tackle this cleaning project, you need to know a few facts about how to get it done quickly and effectively.
What Are Honeycomb Blinds?
Honeycomb blinds are also commonly known as cellular shades. They got their “honeycomb” nickname because they are made of fabric that is pleated to contain compartments that are honeycomb-shaped. The purpose of this design is to trap air inside the blind, which makes it more efficient to heat or cool your home.
Honeycomb blinds are available in single cell, double cell and triple cell options, letting you select the product that is best suited to your insulating needs. Cellular shades also give a textured, soft look to your home. However, over time, the fabric can pick up dust and dirt, and your blinds can lose a bit of their magic.
Here are five tips that can help you keep your shades clean:
Choose Cleaning Product and Method Carefully
While many cleaning tactics can be used for honeycomb blinds, you have to check the manufacturer’s guidelines first, before you pick up a sponge or fill up the bathtub. Depending on the type of fabric and the color, your shades will react differently to a vacuum extension or professional ultrasonic injection cleaning.
Make sure you know which cleaning options are suited to your blinds so you don’t damage them.
Maintain Your Blinds with Minor Touch-Ups
If you don’t let dust pile up, you might not have to do an in-depth cleaning very often. Buy a microfiber cloth or a rubber sponge and brush it over the blinds once a week. This will keep them dust-free and beautiful.
Try Your Hair Dryer or Vacuum
If the dust has grown thick, you don’t necessarily have to take the blinds down to clean them. You could set your hair dryer to the cool setting and gently blow off the dust that has gathered. You also could run your vacuum hose lightly over the surface, but be wary of using brush-like extensions. In some cases this can mar the fabric.
Give Your Blinds a Bath
If your blinds are stained, the best way to thoroughly clean them is to immerse them in soapy water. But don’t use bleach. Stick to a mild detergent and double-check that your product line is OK to wash — read the manufacturer’s guidelines first.
Consider Professional Cleaning
If your shades are extremely darkened or yellowed, professional cleaning might be the appropriate solution. Professionals have many methods of cleaning fabric honeycomb shades, including one that involves injecting a cleaning solution and extracting it again immediately, bringing all the dirt with it. It’s a fast, efficient process that could save you time and headaches.
If you’re interested in learning more about installing honeycomb blinds in your home, or learning how to clean the products you already own, talk to the window treatment specialists at Utah Blinds Gallery today.