How to Clean Fabric Blinds Effectively

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Fabric blinds come in countless colors, styles and fabric choices. And while some are easier to care for than others, it’s possible to clean just about any type of fabric blinds effectively. The key is knowing the fabric composition of your blinds and understanding how to clean them without causing damage. 

Here at Factory Direct Blinds, we want to help you keep your blinds looking great for years to come. That is why we’ve put together this guide to help you learn how to clean fabric blinds. Whether your living room blinds need freshening up or the roman shade in your bedroom looks dingy, the tips below will help you make them look new again. And, of course, if you just want to freshen up your home with brand-new blinds, we have you covered. Let’s get started! 

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Eliminating Dust and Grime from Fabric Blinds

Dust and grime are your window treatment’s worst enemy. Fortunately, though, with consistent upkeep, you can prevent them from getting the upper hand. And, in doing so, you will keep your fabric blinds looking great. 

Dust and/or vacuum both sides of your blinds regularly, paying close attention to areas with pleats and creases. Take your time and be careful. While fabric blinds are durable, they aren’t impervious to damage. Immediately spot clean soiled areas, but avoid using strong spot removers or detergent, as they can weaken fibers and cause fading. 

When finished, look for signs of damage, such as torn stitches, drooping hems and broken or loose strings. If you discover any problems, make repairs immediately. 

Pleated Shades

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If you have pleated fabric shades, the first step is removing the shade from the window and laying it on a flat surface. Next, carefully vacuum both sides, following the pleat. If there are soiled spots or fingerprints, remove them using a spray foam cleaner made for fabric or upholstery. Spray the product directly on the area, then wipe with a damp, clean sponge. Scrub gently in the direction of the pleats. Blot with a dry cloth to remove excess water, then rehang once completely dry. 

Roman Shades

Roman shades come in several styles and fabrics and fold options ranging from flat to balloon. With so much variation, it should come as no surprise that the exact cleaning procedure varies depending on what type you have. The first step is to determine whether your shades are washable. Check the tag or product packaging to figure out your shade’s fabric content and whether it is machine washable. 

How to Clean Washable Roman Shades

Start by dusting or vacuuming to remove loose dust and dirt. Then, carefully remove all dowels. You can leave the strings attached, or you can de-thread and remove them. Leaving them in place is, of course, the easiest option. Launder according to the fabric instructions, and hang to dry. Once dry, steam or iron out the wrinkles, re-string (if necessary), put the dowels back in place and rehang. 

Cleaning Non-Washable Roman Shades

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Roman shades made from wool, linen, silk and fiberglass blends cannot be laundered in a washing machine. Instead, they must be dry cleaned. You only need to have your shades professionally cleaned when they are visibly soiled, though. Most of the time, dusting and vacuuming are enough to freshen them up and keep them looking great. When you do take your shades to the dry cleaner, let them know if you have ever used any chemical spot cleaners or detergents to clean them. 

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Like anything else in your home, you must clean your fabric blinds regularly to keep them looking their best. The exact cleaning process varies depending on the style of your blinds and their fabric composition, though. If you are unsure how to clean your fabric blinds, we recommend checking the care instructions tag for guidance. 

If you are looking for ways to make your blinds even more aesthetically pleasing, consider learning how to install curtains over blinds. It is a great do-it-yourself project, and combining window treatments is an easy way to give your room a warmer, cozier feel. Plus, the curtains will help protect your blinds from dust and dirt. 

When cleaning isn’t enough, it might be time to upgrade to new fabric blinds. Explore our website to find high-quality blinds that will look amazing in your home.

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