Tips for Maintaining Your Blinds and Shades

Like all things in your home, your window treatments need occasional maintenance to look and operate at their best. For the vast majority of blinds and shades, only light maintenance is necessary to avoid running into problems down the road.

At Blindster, we sell window treatments that are designed to last for years without issues, but taking exceptional care of your blinds and shades is an easy way to prolong their life and keep them looking as beautiful as the day you purchased them.

Maintaining your blinds and shades is a simple process that can be incorporated into both your weekly “light” cleaning routine and monthly or bi-monthly “deep” cleaning routines. So whether you’ve maintained your blinds and shades from day one and are just looking for new ways to get the job done, or you’re ready to begin a maintenance routine for the first time, you can’t go wrong with our tips below.

  1. Wipe away dust every week.

Wipe Away Dust Every Week

Dust, pet hair and pollen, are the biggest threats to your blinds and shades. Window treatments that are installed in rooms with heavy foot traffic, such as living rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms, can accumulate dust rapidly and may need more frequent attention. Keeping a strict dusting schedule for your blinds and shades is an easy way to keep them in perfect shape without the need for intensive cleaning, and it also helps prevent operational problems due to irritants getting inside the headrail and other moving parts.

 

Safely dust blinds and shades that have only a small build-up of debris, using your vacuum’s soft brush attachment to quickly lift away loose dust and dirt from fabric, slats, and the headrail. To get in between the slats on your blinds, simply use an old sock or a duster that’s designed to fit into small spaces. Finally, use a soft, clean cloth and a mixture of warm water and a gentle cleaning solution to wipe away small stains and areas of accumulated dirt and dust from your blinds’ slats and your shades’ fabric that won’t lift away with your vacuum or feather duster.

 

  1. Smooth wrinkled shades by lowering them, steaming them, or using a wrinkle-remover.

Steam Cleaner

Shades look their best when they are perfectly crisp and without any wrinkles, folds, bumps, or creases. Shades can easily become wrinkled due to things like humidity, exposure to open air, and being raised for long periods of time.

 

If your shades have become wrinkled, there are three effective options for getting the wrinkles out and restoring a beautiful matte and uniform appearance to the fabric:

  • Lower your shades and keep them down for several days.

Shades that are raised and rolled up for long periods of time can naturally become wrinkled. Getting those wrinkles out can be difficult if the shades are repeatedly raised and lowered and never have a chance to remain stationary in an extended position. For a natural and non-intrusive method for getting wrinkles out of your shades, simply lower them as far as you can and keep them down for around 48 to 72 hours. During that time, the wrinkles should come out naturally without any further intervention on your behalf.

 

  • Steam the wrinkles out.

The easiest way to get wrinkles out of clothing is to use heat and steam, and the same principle is true for shades. You can use handheld steamers that are designed for clothing to quickly remove wrinkles from Cellular Shades, Roman Shades, Roller Shades, and more. Use a handheld steamer that puts out continuous steam and direct its flow across the entire wrinkled surface of your shade. Put gentle pressure on the bottom of the shade as you use the steamer to help further de-wrinkle the fabric.

  • Use a wrinkle-removing solution.

Sprays and other chemical solutions that are designed to release and eliminate wrinkles can be highly convenient, but it’s important to be careful when using these on your shades. Always check the cleaning and care instructions for your shades before using any chemicals on them, and do a test patch on a small inconspicuous area to test the effect the spray will have on the fabric. If the fabric doesn’t stain, fade, or discolor, the wrinkle spray will be safe to use and can be a great alternative to a handheld steamer for quickly releasing wrinkles.

 

  1. Repair or replace broken slats.

Replace Broken Slats

Pets, small children, and everyday household accidents can ultimately lead to the slats on your blinds cracking, chipping, and breaking. When that happens, you have two options: repairing the broken slat or replacing it altogether.

 

For wood and faux wood blinds, using a strong wood glue or other adhesive and carefully gluing any broken pieces of slat back together is a quick and inexpensive repair. But if one or more of your slats were seriously damaged and are unable to be glue back together, you may need to replace the slats entirely.

 

To do that, follow these steps:

 

  • Remove the plugs underneath the bottom rail and untie the lift cord on both sides.
  • Pull the lift cord through the slats until you reach the damaged or broken slats.
  • Remove the damaged or broken slats and insert the replacement slats.
  • Thread the lift cord through the replacement slats.
  • Tie the remaining sections of lift cord together.
  • Place the excess lift cord inside the holes on the bottom rail and replace the plugs.

  1. Fix misbehaving vertical blind slats by flipping them and using a hole punch.

Hole Punch Vertical Blinds

If one or two slats on your vertical blinds can’t stay aligned with the rest, there’s a good chance they may be off-kilter due to problems with the hooks at the top of the slat itself. For a quick and easy way to remedy this problem, remove the slat and flip it upside down. Then, use a hole punch to create a new hole that should be roughly the same size and shape as the holes on your slats. The slat will move smoothly and stay in-line with the rest of slats, restoring a uniform appearance to your vertical blinds.

Benefits of Faux Wood and Wood Blinds

Buying the right blinds and shades for a home is a highly subjective and personal decision, and the number of options available in 2016 can make it difficult for many homeowners to make a choice. However, two types of window coverings that are consistently popular due to their affordable prices, elegant appearance, and overall durability are wood and faux wood.

Whether you choose wood or faux wood blinds with 1” slats, 2” slats, or extra-large 2.5” slats, you’ll get window coverings that immediately enhance the beauty and overall appearance of any room in your home. In addition to improving the appearance of your windows and being highly effective at blocking out light, both wood and faux wood window treatments also perfectly complement a wide variety of home décor and furnishings.

If you’re considering real or faux wood blinds for your home, but want to know the benefits of each type of window covering, our comparison guide can help you make an informed and confident decision.

Benefits of Real Wood Window Treatments

2 Inch Premium Cordless Wood Blinds

Real wood window treatments bring a timeless and classic beauty to any room where they’re installed. These types of blinds and shades have been used for many years in homes and businesses throughout the U.S., and their popularity shows no signs of slowing down. Some of the top reasons that our customers love these window coverings include:

  • Durability

High-quality wood blinds and shades are resistant to some of the most common types of wear and tear that shades face on a daily basis—especially when they are installed in homes where children and pets are present. Aluminum blinds in particular can be at risk of bending or breaking when too much weight or pressure is applied to slats, which is something many cat and dog owners know all too well. Wood blinds, on the other hand, are much harder to break.

 

  • Insulation

Wood blinds are very effective at insulating rooms. Windows are one of the primary places where homes lose heat during the winter and take on hot air during the summer. Protecting your windows with thick wood blinds can go a long way towards making your home more energy efficient and reducing your utility bills.

 

  • Ease of use

One of our newest products, the 2” Premium Cordless Wood Blinds, features a cordless lift system that makes raising and lowering these window treatments a breeze. Just lift on the bottom rail to set these blinds at the perfect height. And because these blinds aren’t equipped with lift cords, you’ll have even more peace of mind if your home has small animals or young children.

 

  • Beautiful wood stains and colors

Although our entire selection of window coverings is available in a large variety of colors and patterns, it’s hard to beat the timeless beauty and elegance of natural wood grain. Our best-selling wood blinds—our 2” Premium Wood Blinds—feature nearly 30 stunning stains and colors to choose from, including Nutmeg, Sumatra, Red Maple Leaf, and Sunkissed Oak. Best of all, these blinds have been treated with a special multi-coat finish process that includes a UV inhibitor, protecting the wood and finish from fading and warping, even after years of sun exposure.

 

  • Light-weight materials

Real wood blinds and shades are very lightweight, making them easy to operate and lift/lower. That can be a big bonus for homeowners who suffer from arthritis or have pains and disabilities, and for people who need to install large numbers of blinds and shades for projects such as large apartment buildings with multiple units.

 

Benefits of Faux Wood Window Treatments

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Faux wood blinds are quickly becoming some of the most sought-after window treatments on the market. To most observers, they look identical to real wood blinds, while offering some distinct benefits and advantages, such as:

 

  • Moisture-resistance

Faux wood blinds are a better option for homes that frequently experience high humidity or for rooms where the accumulation of moisture is a frequent issue, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. They also stand up better to extreme temperatures, making them ideal for homes in very hot or cold climates and areas of the country where temperatures can widely vary within a 24-hour period.

 

  • Lower cost

While there are many inexpensive options of real wood blinds, faux wood blinds are even more affordable and economical. Some of our highest-quality faux wood blinds, including our 2 ½” Premium Faux Wood Blinds and 2 ½” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds offer all of the elegance and beauty of their real wood counterparts, but at a lower price. In addition, our most affordable faux wood options, such as our 2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds, are among the most inexpensive blinds in our inventory, making them perfect for homeowners on tight budgets.

 

  • Even better durability

Because faux wood blinds are manufactured using composite materials, including vinyl and PVC, these blinds can hold up to extended periods of wear and tear without bending, breaking, cracking, or warping. In addition, they’re also much more resistant to damage from cleaning solutions and liquids, which means homeowners don’t have to be nearly as careful when wiping away dust, dirt, pollen, and other debris from their slats.

 

  • Appearance is nearly identical to real wood blinds

Don’t let the word “faux” fool you—high-quality faux wood blinds look virtually identical to the real thing. There aren’t any dead giveaways that modern faux wood blinds aren’t real wood blinds. The colors, stains, and wood grain patterns are remarkably authentic. Three of our faux wood offerings, including our 2” Premium Faux Wood Blinds, our 2” Premium Cordless Faux Wood Blinds, and our 1” Premium Faux Wood Blinds, are available in 12 distinct colors, including Real Grain Bamboo, Real Grain Cinnamon, Cherry Embossed, and Mahogany 357.

Best Blinds and Shades for Your Office

For many people, their office is a home away from home. After all, most jobs require employees to be in the office for at least 40 hours per week, and many business owners may also work at night and on weekends. Because of the long hours many people put in at the office, it makes sense that employees, managers, and business owners want to feel as comfortable and “at home” as they do when they’re actually at home. A big part of making that happen is taking the time to decorate and furnish their offices with the same care and attention that they give their home living spaces.

At Blindster, we know that one of the most effective ways to make your office feel like home is to pick the right window treatments. Although it may seem like a small touch, having the perfect blinds or shades to complement your office décor and maximize your control over lighting, privacy, insulation, glare, and other factors can go a long way towards making you more comfortable throughout the work day.

So if you’re looking for the best blinds and shades for your office, check out our list below:

2 12 Inch Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds

Thick wood blinds bring a touch of elegance, beauty, and timelessness to any room, including your personal office at work or your home office. In addition to being inexpensive, these blinds are also highly durable and are resistant to fading, cracking, and warping. Choose from a variety of stains and colors when you order your own set, including Natural Embossed and Cherry Embossed for a traditional wood grain appearance. You can also choose brighter stains and colors like Antique White and Alabaster to create the illusion of more space and maximize your office’s natural lighting. With 2 ½” slats, these blinds can be opened for extra-wide views of your office’s outdoor area, but when closed, they are highly effective at protecting your privacy.

 

2 Inch Premium Cordless Wood Blinds

Many of our customers prefer the authentic materials used in real wood blinds, and if you’re among them, you can’t go wrong with our 2” Premium Cordless Wood Blinds for your office. Like our 2 ½” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds, these window coverings are perfect fits for both home offices and “home away from home” offices due to their classic design and long-lasting appeal. Manufactured using a top-quality kiln-dried basswood, these blinds are lightweight, durable, and built to withstand years of sunlight exposure. Best of all, a cordless lift system is included at no charge, which means there’s no distracting lift cords that can get tangled or make the blinds difficult to operate.

Privacy Aluminum Blind

If you need to outfit an entire office with new window coverings, chances are you’re looking for a solution that’s both highly effective and inexpensive. In that case, you’ll want to check out our Privacy Aluminum Blinds. Competitively priced and designed as a no-frills option for blocking out sunlight, reducing glare, and protecting privacy, these aluminum blinds get the job done while still offering you four distinct color options: White, Bone, Mocha, and Sage. To maximize their light-blocking and privacy capabilities, the cord holes disappear when the blinds are closed, eliminating light leaks. Combine that with a baked enamel finish that’s resistant to chipping and fading, and you’ll be set for years with these blinds installed throughout your office.

Cordless Bamboo Woven Wood Shades

For many office workers, whether they’re owners, managers, employees, or just people working from home, having luxury décor and furnishings not only helps to signify their success, but it also motivates them to work even harder. Our Cordless Bamboo Woven Wood Shades perfectly complement both high-end office décor and high-achieving workers, and the light-filtering properties of the real bamboo materials used in the manufacturing process enhance the natural lighting that enters your office. Several beautiful, dark wood stains are available, including Key West Camel, Waikiki Camel, and Key West Cocoa. If you dislike lift cords, then you’re in luck with these shades, as a cordless lift option is available at no extra charge.

Premium Blackout Fabric Roller Shades

Having natural sunlight in your office can be a great way to energize yourself and feel invigorated, but it’s not always welcome throughout the day. The sun’s rays can create distracting glares on your computer screen, fade and damage furniture and décor, increase the ambient temperature in your office, and even damage your skin. Our Premium Blackout Fabric Roller Shades Group A are a stylish and elegant option for blocking out the sun’s harmful rays and increasing your privacy when you need it. Available in 13 unique colors, these shades come standard with a cordless spring roller shade lift and can also be ordered with a clutch continuous loop lift cord for an additional charge.

 

Fauxwood Plantation Shutters

If you’re looking to make your windows the focal point of your office, look no further than our Fauxwood Plantation Shutters. These bold window coverings bring the elegance of our wood and faux wood blinds, but their extra-large size compared to standard blinds makes them a truly unforgettable aspect of your office’s décor. Because these shutters are manufactured with durable yet lightweight faux wood, they’re easy to install and are designed to last for many years. Custom made in the USA, these shutters benefit from a quick 8-10-day manufacturing process, which means they’ll get to your office sooner after you place your order. Choose from three beautiful and light-enhancing colors when you place your order: Cotton, Pearl, and Vanilla.

 

2 Inch Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades

Hate the look of harsh overhead lighting? Many office workers feel that they perform at their best when they get the benefit of ample natural lighting in their work spaces as opposed to fluorescent and incandescent lighting, and there are no better window treatments to maximize your office’s natural lighting than our 2” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades. Manufactured with two layers of soft fabric sheers, these shades let in beautiful diffused natural light when open, and block out 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays when closed. That makes them perfect for offices that get a variety of different lighting conditions throughout the day.