Finding unique, colorful, and creative ways to dress your windows can help brighten up any room in your home. However, when it comes to keeping your blinds, drapes, and sconces clean, that same creativity can make your job as a homeowner much harder. Even if you’re dealing with hard-to-clean surfaces and treatments that tend to pile up dust in hard-to-reach places, cleaning your windows should never be too much of a hassle, no matter what kind of decoration you’re dealing with. That’s why it pays off to get just as creative with cleaning your treatments as you were with picking them out in the first place. If you’re working with stubborn drapes and uncleanable curtains, take a tip from the pros and start thinking outside the box. Here are a few ways to help you get started.
1. Invest in a Duster
So you’ve decided to install window treatments for your beautiful new windows, courtesy of Renewal by Andersen window replacement. But it’s been a few weeks and now you’re wondering how to get into the nooks and crannies of your beautiful new honeycomb blinds or gauze drapes. What to do? The first step, always, should be a thorough dusting. When it comes to window treatments, your first concern most likely will not be dust, even if your curtains or drapes are located in a high traffic area and splatter zone like the kitchen. Your first and biggest issue will be the dust buildup that occurs over time. Because window treatments are there to protect your window, they’ll end up acting as a filter for all the particles of dust and pollen that make their way into your home over time. You can shake them out to loosen dust from time to time, but the best thing to do is invest in a really great dusting tool that will have no problem getting deep into the curves and crevices of even the most complicated treatment.
2. Go Machine-Washable
Sometimes the best way to protect your window treatments is to think way ahead. Before you even purchase your treatments, take a moment to consider options that are machine-washable, even if they’re not the options that you’re leaning more heavily toward. While keeping in mind the look and feel of your window treatment, it can also help to invest in something that’s durable and won’t end up causing you a ton of strife over time. Many stylish, beautiful drapes and curtains already come in machine-washable form, making cleanup a snap. Just make sure you take the time to read the instructions for care before popping them in the wash.
3. Get Detail-Oriented
Every so often, one of your treatments will end up with a few spots or stains. Even though you’re less likely to be dealing with a ton of dirt and deeply-set stains on your drapes, curtains, and blinds, it’s still something that you should be prepared for. When it comes to cleaning these stains, the same general treatment applies. Be gentle, try to get in close with a small, precise tool like a toothbrush, and try not to rub the stain in. Use a gentle detergent and avoid bleach for best results. Even if your drapes are machine-washable, keeping them away from harsher detergents is always recommended.
4. Be Consistent
Stains happen. As a homeowner, you’re most likely already used to them popping up regularly all over your home, especially if you have pets and kids. With areas of the home that you probably don’t think to clean regularly, like window treatments, you have to be extra diligent. Even if you can’t vacuum a certain area, you should still find ways to incorporate it into your normal weekly cleaning routine. That way, you’ll be able to prevent stains from setting in and you’ll never need to remind yourself to clean your curtains months and months after your last deep clean.
5. Use the Right Tools
When it comes to cleaning smart, sometimes all you need is the right tool for the job. For window treatments, one of the hardest parts of getting a great clean is being able to reach the affected areas without straining your back or jumping up on another piece of furniture. If you haven’t invested in a smaller brush attachment for your vacuum, you should seriously consider it. Your vacuum might already come with several attachment heads that make it easier to clean hard-to-reach places without breaking your back. Having the right tool for the job makes all the difference when it comes to high-up surfaces and dust buildup.