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Owners of window shades in Menlo Park, CA, generally don’t look forward to cleaning their shades. It’s not the fun part of owning one. But like most things around the house, 30 minutes of attention once a month is worth the effort.

Thankfully, whatever the material, you only need a few simple tools — most of which you have already — to give your shades a much-needed TLC.

The cleaning supplies you need to clean window shades are:

  • Mild dish detergent
  • Sponge
  • Vacuum cleaner with brush attachment
  • Freshwater
  • Lint roller
  • Clean microfiber cloth

Got them? Now, let’s get your shades clean.

How to Clean Cellular Shades

Cellular shades have an open cell or honeycomb shape that traps air and does a great job of preventing heat loss through windows.

Unfortunately, this design also means they collect a lot of dust. But we consider the tradeoff minimal, especially when all you need to do to clean it is –

Use the brush attachment to remove as much dust as possible

Then use your vacuum cleaner on low suction or a hairdryer in the cool setting to blow dust and dirt out of the cells

Use a sponge (or clean cloth), lukewarm water, and mild detergent to blot stains. Dab on the spot. Never rub the fabric.

If your cellular shades are too dirty for this process, don’t put them in the washing machine. Take them to a dry cleaner instead.

How to Clean Roman Shades

Roman shades are made from a single fabric suspended on a roller. They can either be flat, pleated, or chock full of swags.

To clean them –

Use your vacuum’s soft brush attachment on low suction to blow out dust and dirt

If there are stubborn hairs and dust, possibly from pets, use a lint roller

Use a damp cloth with fresh water to finish off whatever dirt spots are left. Remember, dab, never rub.

How to Clean Roller Shades

If you’ve got classic vinyl roller shades, all you need is –

  1. A sponge dipped in mild dishwashing detergent or a damp, clean cloth and lukewarm water
  2. Wipe the shade in sections. Start at the bottom and work your way up until the entire shade is clean
  3. Spread out the shade until it is fully dry
  4. Alternatively, remove them from the window and cover them with warm water mixed with mild dishwashing soap in the bathtub
  5. Then use a soft brush to clean both sides
  6. When it’s clean, rinse and air-dry before you re-hang.

How to Clean Sheer Shades

All types of window shades need gentle care. However, sheer shades, a lightweight fabric, require delicate hands.

No damp cloth or lukewarm water is necessary. Just vacuum with the brush attachment on the lowest suction setting.

How to Clean Bamboo ShadesWindows & Beyond, Inc

Similarly, don’t use water on bamboo or woven woods. The shade is made from natural materials, and they weaken when they get wet.

You don’t want to go hard either. They can easily snag, pull, or break off. As always, gentle care is key.

To clean bamboo shades –

  1. Dust the shades with a feather duster, or soft dry lint-free cloth
  2. Using a vacuum brush attachment, sweep across the shade to remove leftover dust or dirt. Always go across, never up and down.

These tips will keep your window shades looking fresh and extend their life. Contact us if you need more than old-fashioned cleaning and want new window shades in Menlo Park, CA. We’ve got great options and deals for you.