Cleaning Pleated Shades

What You'll Need
Vacuum with bristle attachment
Microfiber cloth or dry sponge
Lukewarm (not hot) water
Mild upholstery sprayfoam
Clean, dry towel

Pleated shades can quickly gather dust and attract other unsightly grime. To keep your shades looking their best and lasting a long time, follow the easy steps below.

Step 1 – Research

It is important for you to know the material of your shades and how you are supposed to keep them clean.  This information can usually be obtained from the manufacturer. When in doubt, contact them so you do not harm or ruin you blinds.

Different materials require different cleaning, but a vacuum will help to get rid of all the dust particles and dead skin cells that settle on them. One sweep of your vacuum with the bristle attachment should keep them dust-free. Make sure that the bristle attachment you use is clean and dry to avoid further dirt and staining.

Step 2 – Start at the Top

Whatever you are cleaning, it is always handy to keep in mind to start from the top. This is to avoid soiling what you have just cleaned. When cleaning pleated shades, do not use any fabric cleaner or anything of the sort as they are prone to stain easily.

The best way to clean them is to take a dry sponge, which you can purchase from you hardware store and wipe it over the surface. Micro fiber towels also work a treat. Use lukewarm water to dampen the sheet and then run it along the surface of each pleat working your way downwards.

Step 3 – Be Thorough

For a more thorough clean, it would be best to remove the shade from the window and lay it out on a clean, flat surface. This way, you are more comfortable doing the cleaning and not hanging off a ladder! Vacuum the shade to remove any unwanted dust.

To clean fingerprints or oily marks, use a spray-foam for upholstery or fabric cleaner. Spray evenly over the entire area to be cleaned to avoid patching. Do not rub the fabric too hard as you will crush and wrinkle it. Pat the shade dry with a clean, dry towel. Only hang the shade up when it is completely dry.

Step 4 – Keep It Up

It is a good idea to vacuum the shades during your regular cleaning routine. Frequent cleaning using detergents and other cleaning products will reduce the fullness of the fabric and, over time, produce shallow-looking blinds. Do not forget to clean the shade assembly with a damp cloth.

In time, you will recognize which areas gather most of the dust, and it will be a much faster process once you get the hang of moving around the pleats with the vacuum. As they say, practice makes perfect!