Window Covering Maintenance

Window coverings are an important part of any home. Do you know how to take care of this design investment?

  • Water, solvents or abrasive cleaners should not be used on wood blinds or shutters.
  • The best way to remove dust or debris from hard to reach areas on honeycomb, window shades and shadings is by using a hair dryer on a cool setting or compressed air purchased from an office supply store.
  • Bathtub cleaning or water immersion, ultrasonic cleaning, injection or extraction cleaning and steam cleaning are all specialized professional cleaning treatments.  Power washing is not.
  • Many aluminum and vertical vinyl blinds are specially treated to guard against static electricity and dust. If not, the slats can be wiped with anti-static dryer sheets.
  • It is best to clean alternative wood blinds and shutters with a soft damp cloth.

Insulate Your Home With Window Treatments

Without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 40 percent of the heat inside a home can escape through its windows. Hunter Douglas is committed to creating energy-efficient products. The latest honeycomb innovation, Duette® Architella™, provides excellent energy-efficiency. Its patented honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb construction traps air, insulating rooms against extreme temperatures. Learn more in this brief video.

Keep Your Home Warmer in Winter, Cooler in Summer

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Photo: HunterDouglas

Insulation

In winter months, your home heating escapes to the outdoors through your windows while in the summertime, the outside heat flows into your home through these same windows. With window treatments that provide insulation, you can reduce energy consumption, save on heating and cooling costs, and create a more comfortable atmosphere.

Solar Heat Control

The warmth provided by the sun, its solar energy, may be desirable during the winter to help heat your home, but in the summer, it can make a room overly hot and uncomfortable—driving up air conditioning costs. Many window fashions help control solar heat by allowing it into your home in the winter and minimizing the amount that comes in during the summer.

Daylighting

Daylighting is the practice of lighting rooms with natural light rather than artificial light.

By drawing natural light into a room many HunterDouglas window treatments reduce the need for other types of lighting, thereby reducing your energy use.

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Window Covering Maintenance Tips

Window TreatmentHere are some tips to help you protect the investment you’ve made in your home’s window treatments.

  • Always spray glass cleaner on a clean cloth, not the window. This will help prevent splatters and potential damage to your window covering.
  • Don’t use water, solvents or abrasive cleaners on your wood blinds or shutters.
  • To remove dust or debris from hard-to-reach areas on honeycomb, window shades and shadings, use a hair dryer on a cool setting or canned compressed air that you can purchase at an office supply or hardware store.
  • Bathtub cleaning or water immersion, ultrasonic cleaning, injection or extraction cleaning and steam cleaning are all specialized professional cleaning treatments. Ask the company where you purchased the window treatment for referrals.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning is done at a professional facility; whereas injection or extraction cleaning can be accomplished in your home. This type of cleaning injects a cleaning solution into the fabric and extracts the dirty solution in the same motion.
  • Steaming can be used to remove wrinkles from some fabrics. Use a hand-held travel-size steamer that provides continuous steam.
  • Many aluminum and vertical vinyl blinds are specially treated to guard against static electricity and dust. If not, wipe the slats with an anti-static dryer sheet.
  • HunterDouglas aluminum horizontal blinds are treated with Dust ShieldTM, an anti-static paint additive that inhibits dust build-up.
  • The best way to clean alternative wood blinds and shutters is with a soft damp cloth.
  • Always refer to the care instructions you received when you purchased your product. When in doubt, call a long-standing business that specializes in window coverings or the manufacturer.

Design a Room With Style

54691_00702When it comes time to decorate your new space, you can hire an interior designer, work with a MODA Floors & Interiors project consultant and/or get personally inspired to create a beautiful room on your own.

Here are some design tips to help you get started.

  • Consider the function of the room when pulling it together.
  • Match your furniture to the overall scale of the space.
  • GFLSD102_GFLSD101_Solids_Black_White_PERMASTONE_RSCreate a theme and vibe for the feeling of the room.
  • Design a creative color pallet and follow it through.
  • Make your room unique with interesting pieces.
  • Utilize light to create aesthetic warmth and color.
  • Don’t forget the many options available for flooring and window treatments.

Sources: HunterDouglas, Shaw Floors, Tarkett

Window Shadings Provide UV Protection

silhouette_easyrise_livingroom_14Just as sunscreen protects skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, Silhouette Window Shadings protect room interiors to increase the lifespan of valuable possessions. Here’s how:

  • Provide ultraviolet protection. Sheers and vanes combine to provide up to 88 percent ultraviolet protection with the shading down and the vanes open; and 99 percent with the vanes closed.
  • Enhance natural daylighting. Sheers disperse sunlight deep into the room, reducing the need for electric lights to brighten rooms in winter, spring, summer and fall.
  • Reflect solar heat. Exterior white sheer and vanes reflect the sun’s heat, reducing solar heat gain.

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Window Treatments Can Save Energy

Photo Courtesy: HunterDouglas

Photo Courtesy: HunterDouglas

Window coverings make an enormous difference in the enjoyment of a home. Besides adding to the beauty of your rooms, they can reduce the heating and air conditioning costs. You will want to consider the heat in the summer and cold in the winter, along with the exposure of the room. Does it face north, south, east or west?

North-facing windows provide the most consistent light but also the coldest exposure. For these windows, it’s wise to consider energy efficient window treatments.

South-facing windows receive good light year-round. Light diffusing treatments help protect upholstered furniture from the sun.

East-facing windows admit warm, bright light, especially in the morning. You will want to consider window treatments that help block ultraviolet rays.

West-facing windows admit the hottest, haziest light of the day. Light-diffusing window treatments are best in these areas.

It’s important to know that sunny windows make air conditioners work two to three times harder, while in colder seasons, heat lost through windows can account for 10 to 25 percent of the heating bill. Honeycomb shades are well known for their energy efficient components.