Recommended Cleaning Methods
Dusting. Regular light dusting maintains a like-new appearance
of most blinds, shades, shadings, shutters and sheers.
Vacuuming. For deeper cleaning, vacuum gently with the brush
attachment of any vacuum cleaner. Most products may be vacuumed
using a vertical stroke with the exception of Luminette® Privacy Sheers.
Compressed air or hair dryer (non-heat setting). Use to blow
dust off selected window coverings.
Spot-cleaning. Spot-clean shades and blinds with soft cloth or sponge
moistened with lukewarm water. Add mild detergent if needed. Blot gently to
avoid creasing or damaging the fabric. Rubbing can damage fabrics. Spotcleaning
may result in cleaner areas.
Stain-finished wood blinds. Water may damage the surface, so use lemon
oil or wood preservative to clean.
Aluminum horizontal blinds. Use an over-the-counter blind cleaner
with a soft cloth.
Vinyl and aluminum vertical blinds. Reduce build-up of static electricity by applying a very thin film of detergent on all slats and vanes.
Steaming. Steaming can be done to remove wrinkles from some fabrics.
A hand-held travel size steamer that provides continuous steam is best. Heavy-duty
steamers are not recommended.
Bathtub cleaning/water immersion. This method is used for Alternative
Wood Blinds and Shapes, Modern Precious Metals® aluminum horizontal blinds
and most, but not all,
honeycomb fabrics (see the Care and Cleaning Charts).
1. Immerse the entire shade assembly in lukewarm water with mild detergent. Wash for five minutes by gently moving liquid around with your fingers.
2. Rinse with clear water.
3. Close the shade before removing from rinse water.
4. Hold rails and tilt the shade to allow excess water to drain off.
5. Re-install the damp shade into window opening.
6. Lower the shade all the way to allow it to dry completely.
Note: Honeycomb shades should be dried in the fully lowered position. Certain honeycomb fabrics should not be immersed in water. Please consult the Care and Cleaning Chart for more specific information.
Avoid dry cleaning. Most soft alternative window treatments do not
require frequent cleaning. A light dusting with a vacuum cleaner brush attachment
on a regular basis will keep them looking new for years.
Ultrasonic cleaning. Professional ultrasonic cleaning is recommended
for several products. Do not use this method for: Alouette® LightLouvers;
Country Woods® wood blinds; EasyGlide®; UltraGlide®; PowerRise®
and LiteRise® systems;
Jubilance® Roman shades; EverWood®; WoodMates®; Silhouette® Bon Soir, The Matisse Collection® and Trés Vue; motorized systems; Skyrise®; Simplicity; Vertiglide; Nantucket Misty Harbor; metallized-backed shades or
On-Site injection/extraction cleaning system. This type of cleaning
injects a cleaning solution into the fabric and extracts the dirty solution
in the same motion. It is a very effective way to deep clean your window treatments.
The service is typically
performed in the home so there is no need to remove the window treatments. One of the leading companies that provides this service is On-Site Cleaners. They have a national network of trained professionals that can clean any soft, fabric-based Hunter Douglas product including Luminette Privacy Sheers; Alouette LightLouvers (translucent Clair fabrics only); Silhouette window shadings (except The Matisse Collection); Nantucket
and Vignette® Modern Roman Shades; and Duette® honeycomb shades. Dry method is recommended for certain fabrics.
To locate the On-Site dealer nearest you, check the yellow pages or simply call 1-800-598-9043. Hunter Douglas acknowledges these cleaning methods as being safe and effective. We cannot attest to the quality of equipment or services provided by any independent cleaning facility.