Curtains add a nice accent to a home. They provide privacy, and color, and allow the
right amount of sunlight to come in. But there are a lot of homeowners who don’t know
curtains should be cleaned, or the correct methods to use. So, we’ve written this handy
little guide with some simple curtain cleaning tips.
Daily grime, dust, and sun exposure can really wear down the fibers and dyes in curtain
material. They need regular care, just like everything else in a home.
With so many types of curtains, there are numerous curtain cleaning tips out there. But to
determine the best way to clean your curtains, take a closer look at the label. It should
state the materials it’s made of, as well as the manufacturer’s guidelines.
When dealing with thick, heavy curtains, we recommend relying on dry cleaning
services, rather than trying to wash them yourself. However, lightweight materials can
generally be washed at home.
Sun Protection and Dust Care
Regardless of what materials were used, sunlight can play a role in damaging your
curtains. Fortunately, you can hang lined curtains to prolong the life of the fabric. Also,
just as you frequently dust your home, try softly shaking curtains to keep them free from
While you’re vacuuming the rest of your house, you can get in some curtain cleaning, too,
and freshen up those window dressings. Use a flexible brush attachment to get rid of
everyday dust and dirt. You can even reach those hidden areas up top by using a lengthy,
extendable handle. If your curtains are delicate, or made from a fabric that easily snags,
just remember to be gentle.
If airing your curtains out isn’t doing the job, you can always buy a deodorizing spray to
give them a quick once-over. This should keep them fresh, but take care you don’t apply
chemicals that could harm the material.
It might take some time to get into the habit of caring for your curtains, but now you’re
prepared to keep them looking nice for years to come.
Got questions? To find out more about curtain cleaning, drop us a line at Armand’s
The cooling and heating of your home are responsible for 47% of the energy that your home uses. Your home’s windows, however, are working against your effort to keep energy loss and energy costs to a minimum.
What can you do to keep heat or air conditioning from escaping through your windows?
What are the best window coverings to keep heat out during the warm months?
What are the best window coverings for winter?
If you’re trying to lessen the energy that is literally going out the window, stick with us. Learn more about energy saving blinds and energy saving shutters here.
Energy Saving Blinds and Shutters
If you’re spending more money than you’d like on heating and cooling, you’ll want to equip your home with energy-efficient window treatments. With all of our amazing choices in blinds and shutters, your home will look great while being more energy-efficient.
How Do Blinds and Shutters Help Lower Energy Costs?
Minimal effort on your part can make a big difference in your energy costs. Let’s look at how your blinds and shutters help keep the right temperature in your home without wasting electricity.
Opening and Closing
Close your blinds or shutters when the sun is shining directly in your windows when you are running your air conditioner. Close them at night during the winter to keep heat from escaping. Your blinds serve as an insulator.
On sunny winter days, open up those blinds or shutters and let the sun heat up your home. On warm summer nights, open your blinds or shutters to allow heat to escape.
Shutters are installed in the window frame enclosing the frame and creating a seal. The way that shutters are constructed also enables them to resist heat transfer.
Faux wood shutters are the most energy-efficient option. These vinyl or PVC shutters are hollow, creating an air pocket. This air pocket keeps your home from losing heat in the winter or gaining heat from outside during the summer.
What are the best blinds to keep heat out? Reflective blinds are your best bet. They reflect heat and light making them more energy-efficient than other types of blinds.
The reflective side of the blinds should always face the heat, so out in the summer and in during the winter months.
Which Ones Fit Your Home’s Style?
Now that you know how energy saving blinds and shutters can save you money on energy costs, you can find the right ones to fit the style of your home.
Do you know who can help you with all your blind and shutter needs? We at Armand’s Drapery, Shutters and Upholstery have been in the business for over 60 years.
Call us today to schedule an in-home consultation. Our interior design specialist will discuss your style and your home’s energy-saving needs to find the right products for you.