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Window Shade Cleaning Guide

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Window Shade Cleaning Guide

Window shades can cover windows effectively, providing privacy and light control. In fact, some windows shades have special light-blocking properties that prevent light from entering the room through the window when the shades are drawn in closed position.


The cleaning process you use depends on what type of fabric the shades contain. Some shades have a plastic-coated fabric and other shades have a laminated fabric.


With a comprehensive shade cleaning guide, you can keep your window shades properly cleaned and maintained so they last many years.

  1. A shade cleaning guide will give you the information you need to keep window shades clean and attractive. Clean shades deeply several times each year.

    1.Regular Window Shade Cleaning

    Weekly cleaning of any type of window shade should involve removing the dust to ensure that the dust doesn’t accumulate on the shades. Use a cloth to wipe away dust from the shade surfaces or use the brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner to remove dust. Don’t forget to dust both the inside and outside surfaces of the shade.

  2. 2.Deep Cleaning Your Window Shades

    Two or three times each year, remove the shades from the windows to perform a more in-depth cleaning. Once you have the shades down from the windows, shake them gently to allow as much dust as possible to fall from the shade surfaces.


    Prepare a place where you can roll out the shade completely to clean it – an area of hard floor or a long table would be ideal. Protect the shade and the work surface by laying down a sheet of plastic before spreading out the shade. Unroll the shade completely on the work area to clean it.


    If the shades have fabric with a plastic coating over the surface, mix a few drops of detergent into warm water and wash the surface gently with a soft brush or absorbent sponge. Rinse the brush or sponge to remove the soap and rinse off the soap from the shade with the brush or sponge. Keep rinsing until you remove every trace of soap from the shade. Dry the shade with an absorbent cloth and then leave it spread out while it continues to air dry. Repeat the same process on the other side of the shade. Do not move the shade until it dries completely.


    If the shades have a laminated fabric surface, use a special wallpaper cleanser to clean the laminated surface. Test an inconspicuous area on the backside of the shade for colorfastness before applying the wallpaper cleanser everywhere on the surface of the shade. After allowing the cleanser to sit on the surface for about 10 minutes, check to make sure nothing happened to the finish on the shade fabric. As long as it looks intact, proceed with cleaning. Follow the instructions on the cleanser to apply it to the fabric surface and remove dirt and dust. Allow the shades to dry completely before moving them.


    Remount the shades on the windows after you finish cleaning them. With regular shade cleaning, you can prevent dirt and dust from accumulating on the shades, which will shorten their life and detract from their appearance.

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