So you’ve installed the best quality awnings, shutters or blinds and your home is feeling fresher than ever. As the proud owner of these new window furnishings, you've invested in not just window coverings but an integral part of your home's aesthetics and functionality. To ensure your investment stands the test of time and continues to enhance your living spaces, it's essential to understand the art of proper care and maintenance. Good news – it’s not too tricky! In this guide, we'll take you through a straightforward Maintenance 101, providing you with cleaning tips, seasonal checklists, and ideas to extend the lifespan of your window coverings.
Let’s kick off with cleaning tips:
Dust may accumulate on your shutters and blinds, especially in older homes or areas exposed to drafts or breezes. Simply use a soft, dry microfibre cloth or a duster to gently wipe away the dust. For those hard-to-reach places, consider using a handheld vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment.
Accidents happen! If you’re unlucky enough to need to treat stubborn stains or spots, try mixing a mild detergent with water and dip a soft cloth into the solution. Gently wipe the affected area, avoiding excessive moisture where possible. Rinse with a clean, damp cloth and pat or air dry. Make sure to check manufacturer guidelines to ensure the cleaning solution is suitable for your specific shutters, blinds or awning material.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals
Whatever you do, steer clear of abrasive or harsh chemical cleaners. These are generally not recommended by manufacturers as they can permanently damage the finish or material of your shutters and blinds. Stick to mild, non-abrasive cleaning solutions.
While you’re cleaning your home, make it a simple habit to inspect your shutters and blinds regularly for any signs of wear, loose components, or damage. Addressing issues promptly can prevent further damage and prolong the lifespan of your window coverings.
How about Seasonal Checklists:
Everyone’s favourite kind of clean! With the arrival of spring, give your shutters and blinds a thorough clean after the harsher winter months. Wipe down all surfaces, paying attention to corners and edges. Check for any signs of wear or damage and tighten any loose screws or hinges.
Summer Sun Protection
We all know how relentless the Australian summer sun can be. Pick your fabric carefully and even consider applying a UV protectant or treatment to prevent fading or discoloration of your shutters and blinds.
As temperatures begin to fall again, check the functionality of your shutters and blinds. Ensure that mechanisms are working smoothly and make any necessary adjustments to prepare for colder weather. If you’re running an automated system, now is a great time for a check up before winter arrives!
During winter, your shutters and blinds play an important role in insulating your home. Check for drafts around windows and seal any gaps. Curtains are an especially cosy option in winter – make sure they’re dust free!
How about some ideas to extend the lifespan of your window coverings?
Always respect and operate your shutters and blinds with care. Avoid excessive force when opening or closing, and if you notice any resistance, investigate and address the issue promptly to keep everything in tip-top working order.
Protect Against Harsh Weather
In areas prone to extreme weather conditions, such as storms or high winds, consider closing your shutters or blinds to protect them from potential damage. Some shutters are designed to withstand severe weather, but taking proactive measures can extend their lifespan. Automation is another smart way to make it easy to retract awnings and put blinds down where needed.
Storage During Renovations
If you're keeping hold of your window furnishings while undergoing home renovations, consider storing your shutters and blinds properly to protect them from dust, debris, and any unwanted damage. You can consult with the manufacturer or a professional for guidance on safe storage practices.
In the world of home decor, shutters and blinds are not just accessories; they're investments in the comfort, style and functionality of your home. By incorporating these easy maintenance tips into your cleaning routine, you'll not only keep your window coverings in great shape but also prolong their lifespan, ensuring they continue to enhance your living spaces for years to come!
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