Window Treatments 101

The Secret to Beautiful Blinds & Shades

From the moment your Graber window treatments were installed, you could see the gorgeous difference they made in your home. They complement your décor scheme and give your space a more sophisticated look.

The secret to maintaining the beauty of your treatments is simple: consistent cleaning.

We know you’re busy—but if you make the upkeep of your window coverings a part of your regular routine, they’ll look sharp and crisp for years to come. Not only will your treatments last longer, you’ll reduce the dust and allergens in your home. An all-around win!

Let’s walk through a quick tutorial on how to clean each window treatment category and you’ll see just how easy it is.

Recommended Cleaning Methods

 

 Cellular
Shades
Horizontal
Blinds
Natural
Shades
Pleated
Shades
Classic Roman ShadesTailored Roman ShadesSolar and Roller
Shades
Sheer and Layered ShadesShuttersSliding
Panels
Fabric Vertical
Blinds
Vinyl Vertical
Blinds
Wood
Blinds
Faux Wood
Blinds
Dust  •  
Vacuum   •
Spot Clean                 
Water Immersible                          
Ultrasonic Cleaning                        
Special Cleaning
Instructions Below
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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR BLINDS

The feather duster is your friend with most blinds. Lightly dust on a regular basis (bimonthly or monthly) and you’re set. Give them a deep clean once or twice a year, following instructions below. REMEMBER: All recommended vacuuming of window treatments is with the upholstery attachment.

Horizontal Blinds | Faux Wood Blinds | Soft Vertical Blinds | Fabric Blinds

Lightly vacuum, then spot clean with a soft cloth or sponge, using mild soap and warm water. Be careful not to crush or wrinkle fabric blinds.

Wood Blinds

For painted and stained finishes, dust with a soft cloth. REMEMBER: Never use water on wood blinds.

Vinyl Vertical Blinds

Remove vinyl vanes and soak them in water. You may also spot clean them with mild soap and water. To protect against static electricity, apply a thin layer of mild soap to each vane. REMEMBER: Fabric vanes should not be soaked in water or dry cleaned.

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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR SHADES

Clean shades monthly or quarterly by lightly vacuuming with the upholstery attachment. Deep clean them annually by following the instructions below. REMEMBER: Always allow your shades to air dry completely before raising them.

Cellular Shades

Use a soft cloth or sponge to spot clean with mild soap and warm water. Wipe the area gently in the direction parallel to the fabric’s pleats until the stain is removed. Be careful not to crush or wrinkle the fabric. REMEMBER: Do not use spot removers or strong soaps. Dry cleaning is not recommended.

Pleated Shades

Use a soft cloth or sponge to spot clean with mild soap and warm water. For deep stains or soil, contact a cleaner from the certified network of ultrasonic cleaners.

Classic Roman Shades

Before cleaning, remove the shade from the window. Fully open the shade and lay the fabric on a flat surface. Use a soft cloth or sponge to spot clean with mild detergent and warm water. REMEMBER: Do not use spot removers or strong soaps. Dry cleaning and ultrasonic cleaning methods are not recommended.

Tailored Roman Shades

If your tailored Roman shades need a thorough cleaning, go to an experienced professional. Not all dry cleaners know how to clean shades safely and effectively, so be sure to ask. REMEMBER: Fabric shades should not be washed or spot-cleaned with water, club soda, soaps, or cleansers.

Solar Shades | Roller Shades

Small stains can be wiped clean with a damp cloth and mild soap. REMEMBER: Do not soak in water.

Natural Shades

Light vacuuming with a brush attachment is the best way to keep natural shades clean. REMEMBER: Do not use water or liquid cleaners.

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How To Clean Your Shutters

Dust or lightly vacuum your shutters regularly. REMEMBER: Do not use water on wood shutters.

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How To Clean Your Drapery

Use the upholstery attachment of your vacuum and regularly, gently vacuum your drapery. REMEMBER: Never launder drapery yourself. Decorative fabrics are not meant to be washed. Spot cleaning with water, club soda, soaps, or cleansers is not recommended.

If your drapery requires a thorough cleaning, have them cleaned by experienced professionals. Not all dry cleaners know how to clean drapery safely and effectively, so be sure to ask.