When straightening up and cleaning your home, window treatments are often the last things we think about taking care of. But before you add the task to your to-do list, it’s important to know how to clean the kind you own and that some treatments may require different steps to protect fabrics and operating systems. You can look at specific methods by type of window treatment on their website. Care and cleaning guidelines are also found on each respective product page within the Manuals tab.
The below tips are general for all types of Hunter Douglas window treatments as most of their products are designed to require minimal care & cleaning:
- Dusting: Regular, light dusting maintains a like-new appearance of most blinds, shades, sheers, shutters and window panels. However, don’t use magnetic cleaners such as a dusting mitt on light-dimming fabrics. This will damage the light-dimming backing.
Helpful Tip: You can reduce static cling and repel some dust by wiping your window treatments with a dryer sheet!
- Vacuuming: Vacuum gently using the brush attachment on any vacuum cleaner. Most products may be vacuumed using a vertical stroke. However, don’t use a brush attachment or long vertical strokes to vacuum the Luminette Privacy Sheers as these actions will crease the fabric. (Also, don’t vacuum Architella Elan and Architella Elan Eclipse fabrics.)
- Blowing: Use a can of compressed air or a hair dryer (on the cool setting) to dust off your window treatments.
- Spot-Cleaning: Spot-clean shades and blinds with a soft cloth or sponge moistened with lukewarm water, then add mild detergent if needed. Blot gently to avoid creasing or damaging the fabric, as rubbing can damage fabrics. Never use rough or chemical cleaners, as they will scratch or damage the surface.
*Note not all products can be spot cleaned and we strongly recommend you refer to Hunter Douglas's recommendations for your specific problem
- Removing Bugs: To prevent damage to delicate fabrics, don’t use any type of stick, wand or handle to push out pests that are caught in your window shades. It’s recommended to gently blow them out using a can of compressed air or even a hair dryer on its cool setting.
Sometimes, professional cleaning is required and Hunter Douglas recommends that you locate businesses that utilize recommended professional cleaning methods by checking the online yellow pages for local services in your area. Or to contact one of their professional Customer Information Product Specialists at (800) 789-0331 for more information.