Spring time is here!!! I know most of you are probably already elbows deep in spring cleaning, and as a custom window treatment designer, I get a lot of a questions about how to clean fabrics. Fabrics trap more dust and odors than you may even realize! Luckily there are a few simple ways to refresh your home’s fabrics to get your home smelling and feeling fresh.
Here’s a quick list of how to get your fabrics feelings fresh and clean in time for spring:
Custom Window Treatments:
Rule #1 – don’t take down your custom window treatments and throw them in a washing machine. Don’t even take them to the cleaners. They’re “installed” for a reason, and they should stay hanging up on your walls.
Most fabrics for window treatments are treated to resist staining so they usually require minimal cleaning. If you want to freshen them up, I recommend trying Febreeze. It really does a great job of reviving fabrics by eliminating odors. To remove dust and superficial dirt, use a vacuum with a hose attachment. For heavily soiled or stained custom window treatments, do yourself a favor and call a professional window drapery cleaner.
Most upholstered furniture will all ready have a finish to resist staining. If yours doesn’t (it should!), a professional can come into your home to finish upholstered furniture and rugs with a special treatment to help resist future staining.
Spills happen, but you can spot clean with a mild cleanser – dish detergent usually works pretty well and it’s gentle enough to use on most fabrics and rugs. I also really like RESOLVE Multi Fabric Upholstery Cleaner, which, when used as directed, can be used to spot clean most household fabrics without fading or discoloring. It can lift away dirt and odor on sofas, mattresses, rugs, and draperies. As with any fabric cleaner, ALWAYS spot test before you use!
Those bags under our eyes aren’t the only things that get wrinkles! To safely take wrinkles out of most fabrics without using an iron, I really like Wrinkle Release from Downy. You can use it on your clothes, blankets, sheets, comforter and some draperies to smooth fabrics without dragging out the ironing board or scalding your fabrics.
Hard Window Treatments (Shades & Blinds)
You can extend the life and appearance of your blinds and shades with regularly dusting and the occasional gentle vacuuming with a hose attachment. For stains, try blotting with a damp sponge. If needed, try dish detergent or a specialty fabric cleaner – but I really recommend using a professional drapery cleaner! If you decide to clean it yourself, don’t forget to spot check first in an inconspicuous area of the shade so you don’t unintentionally make the stain even worse.
Don’t let spring cleaning overwhelm you. Refreshing your home’s fabrics is the fastest way to get that spring fresh feel and smell in your home! Remember, if you have any questions on how to properly clean your drapery panels, shades, or specialty fabrics, feel free to call 610-416-1946 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m always happy to help.
Happy Spring Cleaning!