Window treatments are not just decorative, they allow you to control the amount of light coming in- essential to avoid the bleaching of furniture or the sun's staining of wooden floors- as well as the degree of privacy, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service .All window treatments should be dusted monthly. Deep-cleaning techniques depend on the material you're treating, says Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook.
Fabric Shades should be dusted monthly, using the dust-brush tool on the vacuum, ( set on low suction). Once a year, Dry Clean them.
Fabric vertical Blinds should also be dusted with the dust-brush tool on your vacuum, again set on low suction. Close the blinds so they lie flat. To spot clean, take down the slat and lay it on a flat surface. Blot the stain with a sponge dampened with mild dishwashing liquid and tepid water. Treat heavy stains with a commercial upholstery cleaner. Once a year, have a professional clean blinds using a dry ultra-sonic technique, look up under "Window Treatments- Cleaning and Repair".
Honeycomb shades should be dusted with a feather duster or the dust-brush tool of the vacuum, set on low suction. Spot clean with a white cloth dampened with tepid water and mild dishwashing liquid. Blot only: do not rub. Once a year, have a professional clean the blinds using the injection/extraction method. Check under "Window Treatments- Cleaning and Repair".
Metal and Vinyl Venetian and Vertical Blinds need to be closed so they lie flat. Moving from top to bottom, dust with a feather duster, lamb's-wool duster, barely damp soft cloth, or the dust-brush tool on the vacuum, set on low suction. Close them in the opposite direction and repeat. Twice a year, wipe each slat individually with a cloth dampened with warm water and mild dishwashing liquid. Never use abrasive cleaners, which will damage the finish. The slats of vertical blinds can be taken down several at a time and laid flat to make wiping easier.
If anyone in the family has Allergies, cleaning of your blinds periodically or more often than noted above, is necessary, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service in Mt. Prospect, Il.