Many types of window shades are designed to repel dirt and dust. However, other debris can build up such as insects and pet hair. Instead of hiring a professional to clean your shades or even worse, letting the dust and debris accumulate, try cleaning them yourself. There are many techniques that you can use. Some are effective and some are not. Before you can begin cleaning your window shades, you must know what they are made of. Knowing the type of fabric will help you determine which products or tools to use to clean it.
Most people think that the best way to clean their shades is with a feather duster. This technique does not really remove the dust, it just kicks it into the air momentarily and then settles back onto your shades. Others use a cloth duster. This works a little better to pick up the dust as they tend to have a magnetic feature. However, if you press down too hard, you risk pushing the dirt into the fabric making it more challenging to clean. This can cause streaks and smudges.
The best and easiest way to clean your fabric window shades is to blow the dust and the debris away with a tool. A hair dryer is a handy way to blow away the accumulation. Just make sure that you do not use the dryer on a high temperature, as you may risk burning the fabric. If you are not willing to take that risk, try using a hand vacuum. It is best to use one that has an attachment conducive to cleaning fabrics. Make sure that you clean off the tip and hold it just above the fabric to prevent any smudging. If you do not have a hand vacuum, you can always use a larger vacuum that has a hose with a fabric attachment. Use the same precautions that you would using a hand vac.
If your window shades need a deeper clean than can be achieved with a vacuum, you can try compressed air to blow the debris away. The added pressure may help to blow away stubborn dust. Make sure that you do not the compressed air canister that has a liquid by product in it as it could ruin the fabric.
If the compressed air is not successful, you can always wash them. The best way to do this is to remove them from the window. You will then need to fill up a bath with warm water and add a mild soap. This is where knowing the type of fabric your shades are made of comes in. Make sure that you use a soap or cleaning product that is safe for that type of fabric. Once you have gently washed them, let them dry completely before hanging them back up in your windows.
If you are not sure what fabric your Hunter Douglas shades are made of or what cleaning technique would be best to use, contact your local retailer for more information.