How to clean roller shades: Do’s and Dont’s

Eager to keep your new window shades looking beautiful don’t be tempted to do something destructive. Roller shades can be kept clean in a variety of ways that keep them looking great and functioning like new. The first step to getting a squeaky clean window is determining what type of material your shades are made from. They can be vinyl, fabric, polyester, or even something organic like bamboo. If you have vinyl or polyester you can afford to be a little rougher with your shades, but if they are a cloth or organic material you need to baby them. All roller shades benefit from a regular  dusting with a feather duster or a very soft clean broom. But sometimes that just doesn’t cut it. These easy steps can get you make sure your shades have a bright future:

1. Before getting too crazy give the shade a light vacuuming with the suction set to low. This works for basically every shade, just make sure that you don’t stretch out your fabric.

2. If that still doesn’t have your dirt defeated you can switch to a wet method. Use warm water and a sponge to gently wipe away the dust.  If you have cloth window shades this is not recommended.

3. The last measure you can take is to introduce some liquid dish soap into your warm sponge water. Only a squirt is needed but it should do the trick to clean up
really grimy shades.

Helpful Tips-

Don’t let the sponge be too wet, you should never let water run down your shade.

Let the shade dry completely before rolling it up.

Don’t scrub too hard or use the abrasive side of the sponge.

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