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How to Clean Cellular Blinds and Cellular Shades

Cleaning Your Cellular Blinds without Damaging the Fabric

If you're wondering how to clean cellular shades and cellular blinds without damaging them, you're in the right place. In this post, we cover the top ways to keep your honeycomb blinds and shades in shape. So, let's get started!

a a microfiber cloth can help you clean your blinds
Opening and closing your cellular blinds daily will prevent the dust from building up. However, it's smart to dust them 1-2 times per month with a feather duster or microfibre duster. For tall windows, you'll need to have a duster with an extension handle.

The best way to keep your cellular blinds clean is by dusting them regularly. This will allow you to maintain the appearance of your shades, and you'll catch any stains early so you can treat them before they start to set.

However, if your window shades are getting a layer of heavy dust, vacuum them gently using a brush attachment. To do a deep clean of cellular shades, you can use compressed air or a hair dryer in a cool setting.

If a bug or two has gotten stuck in one of your honeycomb shades, then using compressed air will help. Finally, you can spot-clean your shades with a clean soft cloth or sponge. Use warm water, not hot water, and a mild detergent and gently clean the spot.

Please note that you cannot submerge your cellular blinds in water. So do not take your blinds down and wash them fully. This will damage your blinds.

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Ultrasonic Cleaning

If your blinds are in need of some serious help, then you may wish to find a professional ultrasonic cleaning service in your area that will help you get your blinds looking better than ever.

Most professional cleaning methods involve either an injection/extraction cleaning method or ultrasonic cleaning. Ultrasonic cleaning uses high-frequency sound waves to remove dirt and grime.

Ultrasonic cleaning is good for deep cleaning without damaging your blinds. Professional services may also use specialized vacuums, gentle detergents, and air-drying techniques to ensure thorough and safe cleaning. According to Blinds and Bubbles, ultrasonic cleaning is fast, safe, and gets the job done without scratching or damaging your blinds. And it's safe to use on all Hunter Douglas blinds.

A professional cleaner can use fragrance-free cleaning solutions that are designed to reduce dust mites and other airborne allergens.

cellular honeycomb shades methods of cleaning include dusting and spot cleaning

Cleaning Your Honeycomb Shades at Home

  • Dust: Regular, light dusting maintains a like-new appearance for most shades. Use a feather duster or microfibre duster to lightly wipe away the dust.

  • Vacuum: Vacuum gently with a brush attachment to remove dust.

  • Apply Compressed Air or Use a Hair Dryer: Use forced air to gently force dust particles and bugs from the shade. If you use a hair dryer to clean your blinds, keep the hair dryer on low and do not use the heat settings.

  • Spot-Cleaning: Spot-clean your shades with a soft cloth or sponge using warm water and mild detergent if needed. Do not use hot water or bleach on your shades.

lint roller for cleaning cellular blinds

Regular Dusting Is the Best Way to Keep Your Blinds in Shape

Regular Dusting

  • Feather Duster: Gently dust your window treatments using a feather duster to remove surface dust.

  • Microfibre Cloth: You may also use a microfibre cloth to clean your blinds. If you're using a microfibre cloth, don't rub back and forth. Gently run the cloth along your blinds in one direction.

  • Lint Roller: You can also use a lint roller on some blinds to quickly remove dust that's built up. Make sure you use a clean lint roller on your blinds.

  • Vacuum Cleaner: Attach the brush nozzle to your vacuum cleaner and lightly vacuum your blinds, running the nozzle along each cell to remove dust and debris.

Spot Cleaning

  • Mild Detergent Solution: Mix a small amount of mild detergent with water. Use a soft cloth or sponge to dab the solution on any stains or spots. Gently blot the area, then use a clean, damp cloth to remove any soap residue.

  • Baby Wipes: For quick spot cleaning, baby wipes can be effective. Make sure they are alcohol-free to avoid damage.

Professional Cleaning

  • Professional Services: For heavily soiled blinds or those made from delicate materials, consider hiring a professional cleaning service. They have specialized equipment and expertise and can clean blinds without causing damage.

delicate fabrics need extra care and attention

Handle Your Cellular Shades Correctly

  1. Avoid Excessive Moisture: Cellular blinds can lose their shape if they become too wet. Ensure they dry completely after any cleaning to prevent warping.

  2. Avoid Heat: Do not use heat sources like hairdryers or heaters to speed up drying, as this can damage the material.

  3. Handle Your Blinds Gently: Handle your blinds gently during cleaning to avoid tearing or crushing the cells.

  4. Use a Gentle Cleaner: Use only mild, non-abrasive cleaners to avoid damaging the fabric.

  5. Test Cleaners: Before using any cleaner, test it on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure it does not discolour or damage the fabric.

  6. Take Immediate Action: Address stains promptly to prevent them from setting in, which makes them harder to remove later.

don't put your cellular blinds in water - just spot clean

Common Questions about Cleaning Cellular Shades

Is there a way to clean cellular blinds? 

Yes, cellular blinds can be cleaned by dusting, vacuuming with a brush attachment, and spot-cleaning with a mild detergent. Professional cleaning services are also an option.

Can cellular blinds get wet? 

Cellular blinds can be spot-cleaned with water, but they cannot get fully wet. Excessive moisture will damage your cellular blinds and cause them to lose their shape. Do not fully submerge your cellular blinds in water.

Are honeycomb blinds hard to keep clean? 

Honeycomb blinds are relatively easy to keep clean with regular dusting, gentle vacuuming, and occasional spot cleaning. Proper maintenance can prevent dust and stains from building up. If you do see a stain, treat it immediately.

Can cellular blinds be dry-cleaned? 

We do not recommend that you dry clean cellular blinds due to their delicate fabric and construction. Professional ultrasonic cleaning services are a safer alternative.

How do you remove mildew from cellular blinds? 

To clean cellular shades and remove mildew, you can spot cleaning with a mixture of mild detergent and water. Gently scrub the affected area with a soft cloth or sponge, then rinse and allow your blinds to dry completely.

How often do you need to replace cellular blinds? 

High-quality, premium cellular blinds may last for 20 years or more. Lower-quality cellular blinds may only last 5-7 years. Regular maintenance can extend their lifespan. It's worth buying high-quality cellular blinds because they'll save you money in the long run.

What should I do if I find dead bugs in my cellular shades?

You may have found that after years of use, some bugs can make their way into your cellular shades. You can remove dirt, debris and bugs from your honeycomb shades using compressed air or a hairdryer on a cool setting.

Where can I get my blinds cleaned in Vancouver, BC?

While we cannot attest to any of the blinds cleaners in Vancouver, The Blind Man offers blinds cleaning in Vancouver as does Blind Date Cleaning. Before hiring a blinds cleaner, make sure you read their Google reviews to ensure that they have provided excellent customer service in the past.

you may need to clean the inner part of the honeycomb blind
You can use a hairdryer on a cool setting or a forced air to push dust from the inner part of the honeycomb blind.


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