How to Clean Your Window Coverings

Cleaning your window coverings regularly is important for maintaining a healthy home and also maximising the life of your blinds or shutters. This task can often seem overwhelming because of the intricate parts contained in some styles of window furnishings but following our step-by-step instructions can make your job less daunting. Find your type of window covering below to see how you can easily clean your way to a healthier, newer-looking home.

Timber Shutters or Blinds

You’ll need:

A vacuum with a brush attachment
Soft cleaning cloths (try to use a lint-free option)
Duster
Water

  1. For blinds, extend to full length
  2. Angle your shutters or blinds until almost closed to expose the slats
  3. Attach the brush/upholstery attachment to your vacuum
  4. Run the attachment along the slats to vacuum up the dust using a low suction setting. Angle your blinds in the opposite direction until almost closed and repeat.
  5. Use the cloth or duster to pick up any remaining dust. Reverse blind or shutter direction and repeat.
  6. For any stains or marks, wet a new cleaning cloth and wring until just damp and gently rub over the area until clean. Reverse blind or shutter direction and repeat.
  7. Use a fresh cloth to dry off residual dampness. Reverse blind or shutter direction and repeat.
  8. Open your shutters or blinds and allow to dry

Vertical Blinds

You’ll need:

A vacuum with a brush attachment
Soft cleaning cloths (try to use a lint-free option) or sponge
Water
Dishwashing detergent

  1. Angle your blinds until almost closed but with each slat still exposed
  2. Attach the brush/upholstery attachment to your vacuum
  3. Run the attachment along each slat to vacuum up the dust using a low suction setting. Reverse blind direction and repeat.
  4. Mix a small amount of dishwashing detergent with water
  5. Dip a soft cleaning cloth or sponge into the solution and wring
  6. Gently scrub the sponge or cloth along the longest axis of the blind to wipe away dirt and stains. Scrub blinds from bottom to top to avoid dislodging them. Reverse blind direction and repeat.
  7. Dip a fresh cloth in clean water and wring
  8. Wipe the suds and grime off the blinds. Reverse blind direction and repeat.
  9. Open blinds and allow to dry

Aluminium Blinds

You’ll need:

A vacuum with a brush attachment
Soft cleaning cloths
Water

  1. Angle your blinds until almost closed but with each slat still exposed
  2. Attach the brush/upholstery attachment to your vacuum
  3. Run the attachment along each slat to vacuum up the dust using a low suction setting. Reverse blind direction and repeat.
  4. Dip a soft cleaning cloth into water and wring
  5. Wipe cloth along the slats to clean away dust. Angle your blinds in the opposite direction until almost closed and repeat.
  6. Open blinds and allow to dry

Roller Blinds

You’ll need:

A vacuum with a brush attachment
Sponge
Water
Laundry detergent

  1. Remove the roller blind from the roller and lay it flat on the floor
  2. Attach the brush/upholstery attachment to your vacuum
  3. Run the attachment over the blind to vacuum up the dust using a low suction setting
  4. Check that your roller blind is washable*
  5. Fill a bathtub or sink with a solution of warm water and a little laundry detergent
  6. Submerge the blind in the water and allow to soak until dirt and grime is loosened
  7. Scrub with a sponge to remove stubborn dirt and stains
  8. Rinse off the soap and grime
  9. Hang blind on clothesline to dry
  10. Once dry, reattach blind to roller

*If your blind is not washable, dilute a small amount of laundry detergent with water and spot clean stains using a cloth or sponge then wipe off with a clean damp cloth.

Roman or Panel Blinds

You’ll need:

A vacuum with a brush attachment
Soft cleaning cloths (try to use a lint-free option) or sponge
Water
Dishwashing detergent

  1. Attach the brush/upholstery attachment to your vacuum
  2. Run the attachment over the blind to vacuum up the dust using a low suction setting
  3. To spot clean, mix a small amount of dishwashing detergent with water
  4. Dip a soft cleaning cloth or sponge into the solution and wring
  5. Gently rub the sponge or cloth over the affected area to clean away dirt or stains
  6. Dip a fresh cloth in clean water and wring
  7. Wipe with cloth until clean
  8. Open blind and allow to dry

Still not sure how to clean your window coverings? Talk to the experts at an Andersens store near you. We’re always happy to help.

Key benefits of interior shutters

Interior shutters can add a very cosy, modern, and timeless look to your home. Here are some features and benefits of shutters and just a few reasons why they have become such a popular addition to Australian homes.

  1. Buy once. Interior shutters are a permanent addition to your home, unlike many other treatments which must be periodically replaced.
  2. Block light. In rooms that you wish to darken, shutters are extremely effective at blocking out light. Their solid opacity means they are more efficient than a lot of other window coverings.
  3. Get more lighting control. Light can be filtered in different ways by rotating louvers to various angles.
  4. Add value. Quality window shutters can increase a home’s resale value.
  5. Minimise allergens. Shutters have a solid surface which means dust can’t linger and they can easily be wiped clean.
  6. Cool down in summer. Shutters keep your house cooler in summer by deflecting direct sunlight.
  7. Warm up in winter. Wood shutters keep the house warmer in winter by providing additional insulation.
  8. Save money. Because of their insulating quality, shutters can also help to reduce your utility bills.
  9. Inject timeless style. Shutters look beautiful from both outside and inside the home. Adverse to trends, they have been consistently used for decades without looking dated.
  10. Prevent fading. Shutters don’t fade to the extent of drapes, shades, or curtains.
  11. Enjoy durability. Shutters are durable enough to withstand regular daily use in residential or commercial environments.
  12. Match your aesthetic. Interior shutters are available in an endless number of paint or stain colours to match your existing décor. Interior shutters are versatile enough to suit any décor, from ultra-modern to traditional to transitional.
  13. Achieve upscale looks for less. Shutters appear upscale while having a price tag that’s lower than that of many designer draperies.
  14. Get a style to suit. A large variety of panel configurations allow shutters to be installed on almost any window size or shape. They can also be installed to cover only the bottom of a window (café style).
  15. Be eco-friendly. Wood shutters are naturally constructed from sustainable woods, like basswood.
  16. Get full use of your window. Shutters are hinged in the window opening so they can be opened for maximum access to the window.
  17. Increase privacy. Louvers may be opened slightly to achieve privacy while simultaneously allowing natural light to enter the room.
  18. Improve safety. Interior shutters are absent of strings and cords which can be dangerous for children.

If you would like a free measure and quote to fit your home with some stunning shutters, contact your local Andersens store today.

How to measure up for Face Fit Blinds

Andersens have teamed up with Betta Blinds to be able to offer you the ultimate selection when it comes to your window coverings.

Throughout the rest of the year we have some great DIY videos that we can share with you on blinds and we hope that along the way not only will they save you some money, you will learn something new along the way.

First topic is the measuring process. Here are some tips on how to measure up for Face Fit Blinds.

Always use a metal tape measure and NOT a cloth one as these are known to stretch and thus be inaccurate. All blinds are made to specified measurements.

REMEMBER TO ALWAYS GIVE THE WIDTH FIRST, THEN THE DROP!

 

 

Best blinds for large spaces, high ceilings and doors

Most of the new homes built in Australia these days have large windows or door combinations not to mention the high demand for extra high ceilings. They not only look amazing, they allow us to maximise the space and help the room appeal larger than it actually is. The only problem with having such large amounts of space and glass is which type of blind is the best choice for coverage, insulation and design.

A great solution for these types of windows and doors is our Panel Glide Blinds. They are a modern take on the old vertical blinds and really fill the space well. Panel Blinds or Panel Track Blinds as they are otherwise known suit modern windows and doors like bi-fold doors, stack-able sliding doors, sliding doors and large spans of glass.

They are made up of overlapping panels of fabric that slide easily along a simple head rail track system. There are numerous track layouts available including left stack, right stack and centre opening, so there is a solution for all situations and you can customise to suit.

Andersens offer a wide range of fabrics for our Panel Glide Blinds. To organise a free measure and quote contact us today or visit our showroom to view some more options.

What are Roman blinds?

Some of you may be wondering what Roman blinds are and how they differ from your traditional Vertical or Venetian blinds. Roman blinds are different from other styles in that they stack up evenly overlapping on each other when being opened, however when they are open they are visibly smooth, not bumpy or ribbed like typical vertical blinds.

 

Roman blinds are usually opened with a cord mechanism, allowing the user to adjust the height of the covered area. In this case, the opened portion of the blinds remains smooth, while the very top will be stacked evenly.

They are available in many different kinds of materials, from wood to fabric, as well as natural materials such as bamboo and in two styles; soft layered pleat or flat panel effect.

Roman blinds offer a clean-cut contemporary look that is ideal for today’s modern décor. They provide your windows with a clear view when fully open and total privacy when drawn at night.

At Andersens, we have a wide variety of choice when it comes to fabric, styles and designs. If you are in the market for some new window coverings, visit us at one of our local showrooms or better still call us today for a free measure and quote. We can bring our showroom to you and also offer expert colour advice.

Here are some inspiration images of how Roman blinds can be used in your home

 

Are vertical blinds still in fashion

Many people are looking for alternatives for vertical blinds these days as they may seem to think they are out of fashion but there are also just as many people who still like the look and functioning ability of the vertical blind.

Many vertical blinds have vinyl vanes, making these window coverings one of the easiest products on the market to clean and care for. Vertical window blinds are fairly inexpensive, practical, and provide superior light control. There are also fabric, faux wood, and mirrored vertical blind collections available.

This type of blind comes in various styles and colours and depending on the colour scheme in the interiors of your home, you are sure to get vertical blinds that will blend with the decor. So, for a graceful and amazing means of keeping your home cool and letting in natural light without sacrificing your privacy, the vertical blinds might just be what your home needs.

We here at Andersens can help with your decision by offering the services of our expert colour consultants and also by showcasing our large collection of blinds to you in the comfort of your own home.

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Contact Andersens today to make an appointment and free quote

All you questions about blinds answered

 

Q: Do I need to measure my windows?
A: Andersens offers a free measure and quote service, so don’t hesitate to contact your local Andersens store today to quote on your blinds and you can be confident that the most accurate measurements are taken to avoid any mistakes.

Q: Should I have my blinds face fitted or recessed?
A: This depends on the type of blinds you require. Don’t hesitate to contact your local Andersens store for free expert advice to find the best product for your home.

Q: Do blinds fade?
A: Yes all blinds will fade over time but many fabric ranges have a block out coating to help protect them from premature fading. Particular vertical and roller blinds also have anti-fade pigments that ensure no colour change. Ask your Andersens window furnishing representative for the best product to suit your requirements.

Q: Will blinds keep my house warm in winter and cool in summer?
A: Yes, and as a result they will also help reduce your heating and cooling costs.

Q: How should I clean my blinds?
A: Regular dusting with a static dust glove or soft clean cloth is recommended. For all products (except real wood blinds), a citrus based or non-ammonia based cleaner diluted with water can also be used.

Q: Should I match my blinds to my walls and floor?
A: Choosing the right colour, texture and product could either make or break your room. For instance, if you choose blinds to match your walls, they make the room look bigger, if you match it to your floor it may make the room look smaller than it is. Let our experienced Colour Consultants help make your decision the right one.

Q: Where can I find your nearest showroom?
A: Check our ‘Find a store near you’ page and you will see the location closest to you. Don’t forget to check the store’s product list to ensure they offer blinds, as not all our stores have them.

To find out more about roller blinds, venetian blinds, vertical blinds, roman blinds, panel glides, timber shutters and other kinds of window furnishings click here!

Blinded by Choice: A Buying Guide

Are you sick of those daggy old curtains, of the sun glaring through your windows, or having the neighbours see right into your living area? A simple solution may be adding blinds to your home. Blinds are a great way to revamp the look of your home, give it a fairly inexpensive face-lift, naturally control lighting, as well as add privacy and style. With so many varieties in the market, it can be hard to decide what to get, especially if you don’t know much about the different types.

A number of Andersens stores now supply a large range of blinds including Roller, Venetian, Vertical, Roman, and Panel Glide blinds. Here are some quick facts that may make your shopping experience a little bit easier.

Roller Blinds

A Roller blind does not have slats but comprises a single piece of material that drops from the ceiling, window cavity, or door. It rolls down from the top and rolls back up into itself. These little blinds are very versatile and are great if you want to block only the top half of the window during the day. They are modern, streamlined, and come in a variety of sizes.

Roller blinds

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are a practical option, providing directional privacy and sun control by the angle of the slats. The slats are connected via the track at the top and are usually connected or weighted at the bottom so they don’t flap around too much in the wind. The whole unit can slide horizontally along a track within the door frame and open right up like a curtain. They’re great for areas with sliding doors. Although these aren’t really fashion blinds, they can look very stylish and generally come in a variety of colours and materials.

Vertical blinds

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds are perhaps the most commonly found blinds in a home. Think horizontal slats, one above the other. Venetian blinds are slatted blinds made of either metal or plastic; wooden slats are sometimes used but in most cases, these are now usually referred to as wooden blinds or cedar blinds. The blind operates by a cord mechanism, by which all slats can be rotated in unison nearly 180 degrees, again offering either full or partial block-out. This cord also allows you to drop the blind down or move it up within the window. At once extremely practical and very stylish, these tend to be the “go-to” blinds for less adventurous home decorators.

Venetian blinds

Roman Blinds

Perhaps one of the most popular options at the moment for the really fashionable home, Roman blinds are different from standard window coverings in that they stack up evenly when being opened, however when they are open they are visibly smooth, not bumpy or ribbed like typical vertical blinds. Generally you will find these in fabric rather than wood, plastic or metal, and as such, they come in a variety of colours and patterns. These blinds make an amazing addition to the modern home.

Roman blinds

Panel Glide Blinds

Panel glide blinds are constructed of flat panels of fabric which slide across the track. The expansive size of these blinds make them suitable for larger doors and windows. The excellent coverage panel glide blinds provide also mean they’re perfect for home theatres as fewer sneaky shafts of light can get in. The large panels create a clean, fuss-free look that will speak to the sensibilities of any decorating minimalist.

Panel glide blinds

For more information on the features of the different blinds available, visit an Andersens store and see the variety we have in stock. Visit your nearest showroom and our friendly, experienced consultants will help you choose a suitable blind solution for your home.

Blinds and Window Coverings for Spring and Summer

We have already seen temperatures rise to high 30s and it is only the start of Spring, it looks like it is going to be one scorching Spring & Summer season. The hotter it is outside, the hotter it is inside your home. Your air conditioner works in overdrive and your electricity bills sky rocket. The more you try to save money by not running the air conditioner, your living space becomes stuffy and uncomfortable and your children become irritable. How can you beat the summer heat, conserve energy, and save on utilities? The answer is simple: window coverings.

On a hot day, heat will transfer through the windows, and even though you may have the air-conditioning on, up to 50% of that cool air will be lost through the windows and doors if they are not protected by window coverings. So, how do you know which window coverings are best?

Here are some tips:

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The kitchen. Think about ease of cleaning, window coverings such as wood blinds and faux-wood blinds are easier to maintain than pleated blinds or curtains.

The bedroom. For a more restful sleep, an opaque blind is a good choice. It can be concealed behind a valance or dressed up with attractive curtains. Block out blinds and curtains are also a good alternative, as the will keep the room dark to allow longer sleeping times.

The living room. The common choice is horizontal blinds or louvered shutters, as louvers can be inclined based on your preference for shade or light. This way you can control the amount of light that is entering the room. It is also recommended that you choose white or light coloured blinds in order to reflect the heat, rather than absorb it.

The bathroom. Horizontal blinds are a sound choice here. However, select a waterproof material (faux wood, for example), particularly if the space is poorly ventilated or the blind is close to the shower.

Exterior. Window coverings with reflective backing are an excellent choice. Some varieties have white backing, which reflects hot air and You don’t have to sacrifice style for energy efficiency and heat protection. Insulating and reflective shades come in hundreds of colours, cuts, and fabric selections, so you’re sure to find some to fit your décor.

Then you can kick back, relax, and enjoy your respite from the summer heat.sunlight. As an added bonus, these shades make the exterior of your home look fresh and cohesive. For maximum reflectivity, you can find window coverings with a thin, subtle layer of aluminium backing. All varieties provide excellent UV protection, which preserves your homes interior while keeping it temperate.

For a free measure and quote contact Andersens, or read more

5 quick makeover tips for your home!

Knowing that some of you might be looking to do a few quick changes around the house to help spruce things up for the Summer, we thought we would share some quick and inexpensive makeover tips for your home!

  • Window fabulous. Help balance out a room by using curtains to help warm and soften the hues from timber or tiled floors, while using blinds to help open up and freshen up those carpeted areas.

 

  • Artwork magic. Create a feature artwork for your bare walls. Whether it be getting one of your favourite pictures blown up or buying a fabulous new print. Be as crazy or classic as the space allows.

 

  • Get back to nature. Brighten and liven up your dullest and emptiest corner by bringing in some indoor plants. Adding a bit of natural colour is always a good way to instantly freshen a room.

 

  • Then there was light. Lighting is important. Experiment with the lights around your home. Either something as simple as buying a new kind of lightbulb, or buying new lamps or overhead lights to help create some “mood” and “atmosphere”.

 

  • Outside inside. Get to work opening up your home by creating an outdoor living space. Whether it’s a small courtyard, or large yard, make use of ALL your space.

 

That now brings us to the end of our 5 quick makeover tips for your home! To find some great specials for floor coverings and blinds, be sure to check out our latest catalogue or visit our website at www.andersens.com.au.