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.

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.

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