How to Clean Cellular Shades

Your new cellular shades are an ideal solution to increasing the privacy, security, and insulation of every room in your home, but like all décor, they require regular upkeep and maintenance to look and operate at their best.

Thankfully, cleaning and maintaining your cellular shades is simple and doesn’t require more than standard cleaning tools and products that you likely already own. To get a step-by-step guide for making your cellular shades look and operate as well as they did the day you bought them, follow Blindster’s cleaning instructions below:


Step 1: Examine your shades for dirt, dust, pollen, and other accumulation.

The most common debris that collects on cellular shades is dust. Virtually every surface in your home gradually collects a fine layer of dust, and your window coverings are no different. Shades installed in high-traffic areas, such as entryways, living rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms may accumulate large amounts of dust, while shades in areas like guest bedrooms, guest bathrooms, and laundry rooms may only collect a light layer.

However, shades that are frequently exposed to the elements, such as those installed on regularly opened windows or outdoor areas, may accumulate debris that’s more damaging and difficult to remove, including dirt, pollen, and even insects.

Thoroughly examine your shades from top to bottom, including the rear side of the fabric, to get a good idea of how much cleaning they need. That will help you determine both how much time you’ll need to clean them and whether you may need the assistance of a professional cleaning service.

Step 2: Consult the manufacturer’s cleaning and care instructions.

After you’ve determined the degree of cleaning you’ll need to do, you should check the manufacturer’s cleaning and care instructions to avoid accidentally damaging the shades, including the fabric and headrail. To find these instructions, check the original packaging that came with your shades or look for a tag attached to the fabric. If you can’t find the information in those places, check the manufacturer’s website or consult Blindster.

Make sure that you pay special attention to any warnings about using certain types of soaps or detergents, as failing to heed these warnings could cause permanent damage or discoloration to the fabric.

Step 3: Gather your cleaning items.

Once you’re ready to begin cleaning, take the time to gather the cleaning items you’ll need. For most cleaning jobs, a handful of items will suffice:

  • Clean bucket filled with warm water and a mild detergent
  • Feather duster
  • Clean sponge
  • Vacuum with soft brush attachment

You also may want to place a large sheet or towels underneath the shades as you clean to catch any falling dust or dripping water.

Step 4: Remove light accumulation of dirt and dust.

With your cleaning products in hand, it’s time to begin cleaning.

First, use a feather duster or light brush attachment on your vacuum to remove any superficial accumulations of dirt, dust, pollen, and other debris from the surface of the shades. Start at the top of the shade near the headrail and work your way down on both sides until you’ve removed as much of the debris as possible.

Next, wet the sponge or a clean cloth using the warm water and mild detergent, and gently wipe away any dirt or dust from the headrail. Be sure to completely wring out the sponge before applying it to the shades and be careful to not allow any water to enter any openings in the headrail, as that could damage the internal components of the shade.

Step 5: Gently scrub away excess build-up or stains.

After removing the superficial dirt and dust, use your sponge or cloth to remove any areas of excess build-up or stains. Always use a light amount of pressure when first cleaning your shades—especially the fabric—as pressing too hard on a stain can damage the fabric. Increase pressure slowly as needed in problem areas and take care to not soak the fabric to avoid accidental discoloration.

Step 6: Remove the shades from the windows and immerse in water (if safe to do so).

If your shades are heavily stained and traditional cleaning methods aren’t getting the job done, you may be able to remove them from your windows or doors and immerse them in water, such as in your bathtub, to help loosen accumulations and stubborn stains. Before attempting this, always consult the manufacturer’s instructions, as some fabrics may be damaged due to immersion in water. However, no matter what type of fabric your shades are made of, you should always remove them from the headrail before immersing in water to avoid serious damage to the internal components.

Step 7: Consult a professional cleaning service.

In some cases, no amount of at-home cleaning can remove difficult stains caused by years of exposure to the elements. To clean heavily stained cellular shades, you may need to consult a professional cleaning service that specializes in cleaning upholstery and window treatments. If possible, provide the service with a copy of the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions to reduce the risk of accidental damage to your shades during the cleaning process.

Step 8: Schedule regular cleanings in the future to increase the lifespan of your shades.

The best way to keep your shades looking and operating at their best is to clean them on a regular basis. Whether your shades are prone to heavy staining or just light dust, using a feather duster and gently wiping the headrail down once a week can do wonders when it comes to preventing excess build-up and reducing the amount of time you spend doing deep cleanings in the future.