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Which Window Coverings Are the Easiest to Keep Clean?

12:00PM 26 November 2022

Whilst style should always be one of the top priorities when it comes to window dressings, so too should practicality and longevity. After all, you want a dressing that will last for years to come. Treating your fixtures with care by keeping them clean will help them do just that. However, we’re sure you’d rather spend as little time as possible cleaning – we know we would. So, why not opt for the easiest-to-clean window coverings? But before we get onto that, let’s discuss your other options first.

How To Clean Blinds

This will very much depend on the material they’re made from, and how much dirt they have accrued. Common ways to clean blinds include dusting, hoovering, or wiping with a damp cloth. This mightn’t sound like much work, but blinds are notorious for collecting dust. As such, they demand regular cleaning, otherwise, they’ll quickly gather dust and dirt.

For particularly dirty blinds, a more intensive cleaning will be required, which involves taking them down completely. You then have to place them into a bath with warm water and some dishwashing soap and soak them for no longer than 20-minutes. In the bath, wipe off any excess dirt. Then, drain the bath, rinse the blinds, and dry them with a microfiber cloth. Please note that this cleaning method is only suitable for metal, vinyl, and faux wood blinds.


How To Clean Curtains

Curtains are good for keeping out dust, which is great. But this also means that they’re great at gathering dust, too. So, if you want to keep your curtains in tip-top condition, they need regular hoovering with an upholstery tool. Just how often is up to you, but once every couple of weeks is a good rule of thumb.

When cleaning curtains, there are several steps to follow:

  • Remove the hooks and curtain weights and loosen the heading tape.

  • Soak the curtains in cold water and give them a wash according to the material’s requirements. If handwashing, ensure the detergent has fully dissolved.

  • Give them a good rinse and wring out as much water as possible.

  • Iron while still damp, working lengthways and gently stretching the fabric.

  • Clean the rails, tracks, and sills before putting the curtains back up.

  • Hang the curtains while still damp.

Tired yet? We know we are. Maybe it’s better to go with a lower-maintenance window dressing. Maybe something like plantation shutters…

Easy-To-Clean Shutters

Whether you already own a set, or you’re thinking of buying them, we’re glad to tell you that shutter blinds are very easy to clean. With just a little bit of maintenance, there’s no reason they can’t last for years or even decades.

1 - Wipe the slats with a dry cloth or duster
Open your slats and give them a wipe. Short on time? No problem. Close the slats and give the entire panel a once over, remembering to clean the frames.

2 - Don’t forget the corners 
Their moving parts mean that dust can build up in the corners and other nooks and crannies.

3 - Clean any stains
Gently rub away any stains with a slightly damp cloth. Remember to do this softly and avoid using cleaning products that might affect the paint. Don’t forget to dry the area afterward.And it really is as easy as that.

If you have any questions about shutter blinds, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Send an email to hello@theshutterstore.co.uk and one of our team will get back to you shortly.