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Window Cleaning Ideas

Window Cleaning Ideas By Craig Friesen
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

A bucket of warm soapy water and some elbow grease will get pretty much every surface in your home clean.  The exception to this blanket solution is your window coverings.  Windows need some extra care to see them safely through your cleaning regimen.

Your First Step in Window Covering Care

No matter what type of window coverings you have, the first step in cleaning care is to gather the proper equipment to take them down properly.  To properly take down your window coverings you will need a step ladder, a multi head screwdriver, and a small container to hold the small screws and hardware you remove.  Be sure not to use a stool, chair, box, or other make shift ladder.  These things were not made for climbing on and may become unstable as your weight shifts while taking down your window coverings.

What Next?

Your next step will depend upon what type of window coverings you have.  Fabric will require specialized care such as dry cleaning.  If your window coverings recommend specialized care, do not attempt to clean them by regular methods.  That can result in completely destroying them or may require costly repairs to get them back into usable condition.  

Washing Fabric Window Coverings

Many fabric window coverings can be laundered in the washing machine following their label directions.  Others can be hand washed or soaked then hung or laid out to dry.  Before proceeding with washing any fabric window coverings, examine the material for sun damage.  If the fibers of the fabric have been weakened through sun exposure, the window coverings can completely disintegrate in the washing.  Sun damaged window coverings should be replaced or cleaned with extreme care.

Cleaning Blinds

If your windows are covered in either horizontal or vertical blinds, you will find that they can be tough to care for properly.  If you keep on top of cleaning the dust from blinds, it is possible that all you will need to do is use one of the special blind cleaning tools on the market.  Kitchen and bathroom blinds though will seldom succumb to cleaning so easily.  The build up of grease and water spots require a more thorough cleaning.  One great window covering cleaning idea for blinds is to dust them thoroughly front and back then soak them in a tub of warm water and cleaning solution.  After a good soak, scrub them with a soft cloth.  This window covering idea should work on most blinds.  If this fails, you may want to consider replacement or professional cleaning.

About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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