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Cleaning Guide Window Coverings in Omaha, Elkhorn, and Gretna

How Often to Clean Your Blinds, Shades and Drapes

Every home is unique. How often you’ll want to clean your draperies, blinds, and shades depends on your personal preference and lifestyle habits. Typically, if you have children or pets, suffer from frequent allergies, or smoke indoors, you’ll likely want to clean all of your window coverings more frequently to keep your indoor environments comfortable.

In general, homeowners can follow these cleaning tips to keep your window coverings in pristine condition and reduce harmful, irritating allergens:

  • Dust or lightly vacuum your blinds and drapes every time you clean the house, or at least once or twice per week.
  • Perform a thorough cleaning of your window treatments once every season.
  • Twice per year, in the spring and before the winter holiday season, deep-clean all of your window treatments.

Steps to Properly Wash Your Window Coverings

To maintain the quality, condition, and appearance of your window coverings, you must regularly clean them using the proper techniques and materials. By using the wrong cleaning products, you could accidentally harm your blinds, shades or drapes. Check out the following cleaning techniques to properly clean your window coverings.

Blinds and Shutters — Aluminum, Vinyl, Painted and Faux Wood

To begin, lower the blinds and open the slats so they’re in a flat position. Then, use a duster or soft cloth to wipe along the natural grain of the materials on the top and bottom of the slat. Use the same technique when vacuuming, using the brush attachment to evenly clean each slat. When complete, wipe the slats with a dryer sheet to ensure all dust and debris has been removed.

For a deeper clean, remove your blinds or shutters and submerge them in a bathtub with water, two or three cups of vinegar, and a dab of dish soap. Add enough fluid to evenly cover your blinds. Let them soak for about five to 10 minutes, then wipe each slat with a clean cloth. Use a small brush for hard-to-reach spaces. Rinse with clean water and lay out to dry.

Blinds and Shutters — Real Wood

For real wood blinds, you’ll want to use specific products to avoid ruining the materials. Lightly spray a clean cloth with lemon oil or furniture polish and then dust the top and bottom of each slat. For very dirty blinds, use a bit of mild detergent and a small amount of room temperature water and wipe down with a clean cloth, then immediately dry completely.

Honeycomb Shades

To keep honeycomb/cellular shades clean, use a duster or vacuum with an upholstery attachment and lightly clean the shade from top to bottom. To remove dust or debris trapped in the cells, use a hairdryer on cool to blow the dust from hidden crevices.

For a more thorough cleaning, wash your shades with a damp sponge soaked with warm water and a mild detergent. Remove excess water by lightly blotting your honeycombs with a clean, dry cloth.

Roman Shades

Due to the wide variety of customization options, cleaning Roman shades should be determined based on the type of fabric. For washable fabrics, perform light cleanings by dusting or vacuuming the fabric. When it’s time for a deeper clean, remove the fabric from the dowels and strings, then wash according to the fabric’s cleaning instructions. If your Roman shades are made from silk, wool or linen, visit your local dry cleaning professionals.


Drapes are a classic window treatment used throughout homes, and the type of cleaning you’ll perform largely depends on the complexity of your drape design and the materials. Dust and vacuum the front and back of your draperies, paying special attention to any creases or folds, especially in drapes with swag, cascade, valance, cornice or balloon designs. While cleaning, note any signs of damages and make repairs to avoid further harm. For any stains, spot-clean the area with mild cleaners and do not use strong detergents.

Call Ambiance Window Coverings Today

If you’re a resident of the Omaha area and need advice on the best cleaning techniques for your window treatments, or you’re looking for new, high-quality furnishings, then call the design professionals at Ambiance Window Coverings. We’re dedicated to providing residents of Omaha with the finest and most sophisticated window coverings from leading brands to enhance the design of their home while also adding privacy and versatility.

Schedule a free in-home design consultation today by completing our online form or by calling +1-402-932-9711.

Donna Schrader

Donna Schrader

Lead designer with over 23 years of design experience as a certified Window Fashion specialist.

Cleaning Guide Window Coverings

As a homeowner, you likely have some type of window covering in every room of your home to help filter pleasing natural lighting, ensure privacy or just add a decorative boost to your furnishings. While most homeowners use their window treatments every day, can you recall the last time they were cleaned? Over time, if you neglect to regularly clean and wash your blinds, shades, and draperies, they can accumulate dust, debris and bacteria. This isn't just unsightly — it can also worsen allergies and pose additional health risks. Cleaning blinds and window treatments can be time-consuming and intensive. But by cleaning your blinds, shades, and drapes regularly, you can extend the material’s lifespan, preserve their quality and maintain their like-new appearance.

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