How to Clean Your Cellular Shades

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  • 1-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 150-500
What You'll Need
Vacuum cleaner
Feather duster
Warm water
Gentle detergent
Shades spot cleaner

Cellular shades, or honeycomb shades, are a great way to decorate any room, providing privacy as well as insulation. They can require more cleaning and care than other kinds of shades, like slatted shades, but with the right kind of attention, they can look clean and new for years to come.

Disclaimer: When cleaning cellular shades, it is important not to damage the fabric by creasing or over-rubbing. If you find yourself having to rub too hard, you should call a professional cleaner.

Use a Vacuum Cleaner

Regular vacuuming helps to prevent stains and dust bunnies from building up and can prolong the life of your shades.

First, briskly rub any particularly dirty areas with the vacuum cleaner. When vacuuming, remember to put the shade into a closed position. Use the brush extension if it helps. Clean both sides until the dust and dirt have been removed. In addition, you can prevent your shades from becoming extra dirty by making sure you shorten them to the appropriate length, so they aren't hiding behind your couch or scraping against a dusty floor.

Clean Your Shades in Water

Some cellular shades can be immersed in water to clean them, though you should check with your manufacturer first. Using only a little bit of gentle detergent and warm water, dipping them into the solution. Depending on how big your shades are, you can use a large bucket or the sink. Swish water through the shades to help wash away dust and long-standing dirt.

Dry the Shades

After immersing in water, hang the honeycomb shades up to dry. Avoid using a hairdryer, unless on cool, and ensure that the window is shut until the material is totally dry.

Remove Stains

If you’ve used the above methods and your shades are still stained, use a spot cleaner or vigorously rub gentle soap and water over the surface. Do not use strong liquid detergent, spot removers that are designed for carpets, or bleach, as any of these could remove the color dye and leave mottled patterns on the fabric. Harsh chemicals can also unstick the glue that binds the shades together, so only use cleaners if the dirt is only on the shade’s cloth, not the glued seam.