Tips & Advice
How much do new window treatments cost?
The cost of new window treatment varies according to the material, the style the size of the windows, and how many windows need window treatments. The average cost of window treatments is $200-$500 including installation, but you can get inexpensive ones for less, or pay more than $2,000 for high-end window treatments.
There are many ways to clean blinds, but consensus is that blinds should be lowered all the way down, and dusted on both sides of the slats (with a dust cloth, feather duster or vacuum brush attachment). Then, gently spot-clean any soiled areas with a damp cloth and a tiny drop of soap. Only vinyl and metal blinds should be heavily wetted down, either with a hose or faucet. This will ruin other materials.
A solar shade is a window shade made with special fabric that is designed to block and reduce glare and infrared heat, but allow in light and preserve some sort of view. The amount of sunlight allowed in and the visibility through the blind depends on its “openness” level--determined by the tightness of the fabric’s weave.
A window shade is an opaque fabric (AKA cloth) mounted on a roller, that can be lifted up to allow in outside light and visibility, or rolled down to obscure light and visibility.
Types of window treatments
The most common window treatments which cover entire windows are blinds, curtains (interchangeable with drapes), shades and shutters. Valances, cornices, swags and cascades are decorative window treatments that only fit over a portion of the window.
What are the benefits of cleaning drapes?
Cleaning drapes has the major benefit of removing dust, pollen, pet hair, and other tiny irritants that tend to build up and cause allergies. It gets rid of grime and germs from cooking smoke and outside pollution, and makes the drapes look and smell better.
How should you clean silk drapes?
Some people successfully clean silk drapes on their own with a gentle hand-wash in lukewarm water and a mild detergent, and then air-drying them. However, because of their delicacy, most prefer to send silk drapes to be professionally cleaned. You should not machine-wash silk drapes, nor is it always safe to have them dry cleaned.
What chemicals are used for in-home drapery cleaning?
The chemicals sometimes used for in-home drapery cleaning are the same ones as in dry cleaning. For people who are sensitive, there are cleaning services that use only non-toxic and environmentally safe solutions, and services that use cleaning powder instead of spray. There are also steam-cleaning services that mainly use water.
How long does an average drapery cleaning take?
Drapery cleaning takes a few hours on average--perhaps a day if you are getting multiple drapes cleaned in your house. If you are bringing the drapes to a cleaner, expect it to take the same amount of time as when you bring clothes in to be dry-cleaned or laundered.
What type of drapery requires professional cleaning?
Most types of drapery require professional cleaning, including silk, wool, and cashmere. Any drapes with accents or decorative details also should be professionally cleaned. Even polyester and many other premium synthetics require professional cleaning because of certain features of the material--e.g., it shrinks or loses its pleat with DIY cleaning methods.