We have yet to meet a Calgary homeowner who isn’t taken aback by just how good Hunter Douglas window coverings look. But did you know that they’re also made to be easy to clean? It’s difficult to beat Hunter Douglas when it comes to the perfect balance of practical and beautiful, however, there are still a couple tricks to keeping these window coverings clean.
Dusting is the most common care that your window coverings will need. By having your blinds, shades, sheers, shutters and window panels dusted regularly, they’ll keep a like-new appearance for years to come. Whether you do your own tidying or have someone to help with the housework, it’s a good idea to have your window coverings dusted every two to four weeks.
What you need to know: Be careful what you use to dust! Feather dusters and slightly damp cloths work well for most window coverings, but using magnetic cleaners such as the ones found in dusting mitts aren’t ideal. In particular, these magnetic cleaners can damage many of the light-dimming fabrics used by Hunter Douglas.
Vacuuming works well for certain window coverings, but doesn’t need to be done nearly as often as dusting. Every three months or so is plenty. You’ll want to use a brush attachment, and if your vacuum has different strengths, use the gentlest.
What you need to know: While most window coverings can be vacuumed, not all of them benefit from this sort of cleaning. In particular, you may find vacuuming leaves unpleasant creases in your Alustra® Luminette® and Luminette Privacy Sheers, and vacuuming can damage the fabrics used in Architella® Elan® and Architella Elan Eclipse®.
Blowing Away Dust can be accomplished a couple different ways. You can use a can of compressed air to blow away dust, but a hair drier on no-heat often works just as well if not better. Blowing away dust generally isn’t necessary unless you aren’t able to vacuum your window coverings.
Spot Cleaning means taking a damp cloth or sponge with a little soap to scrub away at soiled areas. In general, spot cleaning is not suggested unless the window covering is very soiled. If you do choose to spot clean, use only lukewarm water and try to get rid of the spot without using soap if possible.
What you need to know: Any scrubbing or vigorous rubbing can crease or even damage the fabric on your window coverings. Be very gentle and keep in mind that spot clean can result in soiled areas becoming cleaner-than-everywhere-else areas.
All window coverings need to be cleaned eventually, but with Hunter Douglas a little dusting will go a long ways. If you have any questions about Hunter Douglas or other window coverings in Calgary, call us today at (403) 456-0087.