How to Properly Maintain Your Solar and Blackout Shades

December 21, 2018

How to Properly Maintain Your Solar and Blackout Shades

Shades are an important part of the overall look to a room. They help filter or block light, change the way people see a room, and can protect your privacy. While you love your solar shades or blackout shades, do you know how to take care of them? When you properly maintain your shades, you prolong their life and keep them looking great.

Regular Care

The best way to care regularly for your shades it to dust them every week. Depending on how much you move them up and down, they can build up a lot of dust in a short amount of time. Using a feather duster should be good enough for daily dusting. About once a month, you should do a deeper dusting with a vacuum. Use the upholstery attachment on your hose to do a better job without ruining your shades. Go over the shades in a systematic pattern to be sure and get the entire area cleaned.

Spot Cleaning

Sometimes shades get spots on them from small fingerprints or accidents and require a little more work than a dusting or run-over with the vacuum. If you need to spot clean your shades, the best thing to do is try rubbing the spots with a warm, damp washcloth. If the shades are light colored, blot the spot with a light-colored cloth to avoid transferring the dye from the cloth onto the shades. If that doesn’t work, you can use a small amount of mild detergent. Be sure to blot gently and to wash all the detergent out. Once you have cleaned the spot, allow it to dry completely. Use caution when cleaning to not crush or wrinkle the fabric.

Removing Wrinkles

Shades can wrinkle if left up for too long and if the humidity level of your home is very high. If you notice that they are not as crisp as they once were, there are three great methods you can try.

  • Steam: The easiest way is to use a steamer. Just like clothing, you can use a handheld steamer to quickly remove wrinkles. Pull down slightly on the bottom of the shade to give it some pressure while you steam them.
  • Lower the shades: Since keeping them up for too long creates wrinkles, the opposite is also true. Leave them down for a few days and they will naturally unwrinkled.
  • Try a wrinkle-removing solution. Plenty of products promise that they can release and/or eliminate wrinkles entirely with just a spray. Since there are different chemicals in these sprays, it is always better to try them on a small piece of fabric in an inconspicuous area of the shade to see if it changes the color.

The Cords

If you purchase shades that have any type of cord or chain, it is important to wipe those off as well. You can use a damp cloth or a disinfecting wipe to make sure they are kept clean. Build up from dirty fingers or oily hands can cause them to feel dirty to the touch, so wipe them off regularly.

Read the Instructions

When caring for your solar shades or blackout shades, it is important to read the care instructions. This will give you the most specific instructions on how to care for your shades. The better your shades look, the more confident you will feel when people see them and the longer they will last. If you have a more specific option, call in for a free consultation. With the FaceTime call option, you can show a specialist a stain or what you specifically need cleaned with your shades. We can help you get the exact answer for your question, cutting out time spent searching the internet for a solution.

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