The day you get your new window treatments installed, how to keep them clean is likely the last thing on your mind. And it’s true—all Hunter Douglas products are made for a lifetime of wear-resistant, trouble-free performance. Many of the shade fabrics are specially treated to repel dust and dirt. And Hunter Douglas aluminum blinds are treated with Dust Shield™, an anti-static paint additive that inhibits dust build-up.
So it’s pretty easy to keep your Hunter Douglas blinds or shutters looking their best! Light dusting or gentle vacuuming on a regular basis will keep your blinds, shades or shutters looking new and fresh for years to come.
Here are tips on cleaning methods:
Dusting:Light dusting with a clean, soft cloth works well for most blinds, shades, sheers and shutters.
Vacuuming: Vacuum gently with the brush attachment of any vacuum cleaner, using a vertical stroke. However, do not use a brush attachment on any sheer fabrics, such as Luminette Privacy Sheers, Silhouette or Pirouette shadings.
Hair dryer: Use the non-heat setting to blow dust off selected blinds or shutters.
Spot-cleaning:Unfortunately, stains happen. Many shades and blinds can be spot cleaned with a soft, clean cloth or sponge moistened with lukewarm water and, if needed, a little mild detergent. Blot gently—do not rub—to avoid creasing or damaging fabric. Note that Alustra Silhouette and Silhouette shadings and certain honeycomb and Sonnette fabrics should not be spot cleaned.
Ultrasonic cleaning: Professional ultrasonic cleaning is recommended for several Hunter Douglas products, such as Luminettes and many types of Silhouette, Pirouette and Vignette blinds, depending on fabric and opacity. Check the instructions that came with your new blinds to see if ultrasonic cleaning is recommended.
What about wood and faux woods or aluminum or vinyl blinds?
For alternative wood(such as New Style Shutters or EverWood blinds), reduce static cling and help repel dust by wiping the wood slats with dryer sheets. Do not use abrasive cleaners or chemical solvents!
Clean wood blinds or shutters (such as Parkland Wood Blinds or Heritance Shutters) with a dry, soft feather duster, or clean, soft cloth or dusting mitt. You can also vacuum wood blinds or shutters with a soft brush attachment.
Clean Palm Beach Polysatin shutters with mild soap and water. No ammonia-based products!
For aluminum and vinyl blinds, use an over-the-counter blind cleaner with a soft cloth. For vinyl and aluminum vertical blinds, reduce static electricity by applying a very thin film of gentle detergent on the vanes.
And finally, some other helpful tips:
When you clean your windows, spray the glass cleaner directly on a cloth rather than directly on the window. This prevents spills or splatters on fabric blinds or wood finishes.
Concerned with wrinkles in your fabric blinds? Gentle steaming can remove wrinkles from some fabrics. Use a hand-held travel-size steamer rather than a heavy duty model.
Questions? Call me, Todd Zimmerman, at Just Right Blinds & Shutters, 630-292-3756. Or, Hunter Douglas Customer Support is ready with product specific information on cleaning any blind or shutter you have purchased from Hunter Douglas. Call them at 1-844-486-8373.
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