First remove loose surface dirt and dust by either vacuuming the slats, or wiping them with a foam paint brush, sweeping with a paint brush or feather duster.
PreWash Spray with cleaner on each slant. Put a cotton sock over one hand, apply some cleaner then wipe. Dry with another sock. Lay a soaked towel on the bottom of the bathtub and fill with warm water, add 1 TBL of liquid dish detergent or soft laundry detergent. The water level should be deep enough to cover the blinds completely. Let them soak for about 30 minutes.
Hold them by the top frame, plunge them up and down in the water. Wipe each slat with a sponge and scrub gently with a soft nylon bristle brush. Empty the tub then rinse well (you can use the shower head if you have one). Wipe Dry with a soft towel.
Fill a bathtub with warm water and add 2 TBS of a mild, dye-free laundry detergent or dish soap. If you’re blinds are white you can also add a little baking soda or bleach to help whiten them.
Once the tub is 1/2 full place the blinds in the water. Swish them around in the water, open and close them, and if you have one, scrub them very gently with a soft scrub brush. Get as much of the dirt out as possible, then drain the water. Repeat this process once or twice, depending on how dirty the blinds are.
After the dirt/dust has been washed off the blinds fill the tub up one more time, but this time do not add any soap. This will act as a “rinse cycle.” Swish the blinds around in the water some more to make sure all of the dirt and soap have been rinsed off.
Remove the blinds from the water and pat dry with a towel. You can dry them two ways: hang them up and let them dry naturally or you can blow them dry with a hair dryer on a low-heat setting.
Fall is just around the corner, and there’s no better time to start planning your home’s décor than now! Get yourself into the seasonal spirit by bringing the outside elements in.Not sure where to start? Here are some ways to bring the autumn spirit into your home.
Add tiny pumpkins to a display to dress it up for fall. Plain pumpkins work well, but if you want to add a unique touch, take a sharpie and paint designs on the pumpkins in colors that match your decor. The result is a totally cool statement piece.
Take your staircase to the next level by adding tied ornamental grasses. You can find the dried kind at crafts stores and if you want the fresh kind, those can be purchased at some floral shops. To make it, simply bundle bunches of the grasses together, secure with a rubber band, and tie to every other post on your staircase with raffia.
To add some spirit to your windows, knot mini pumpkins and fresh fall leaves onto a length of twine.
Bring the season to your living room with a spot of fall color. You can arrange tall branches and brightly colored leaves inside a vase. A great space to place it is on your mantel, or in front of a large window. This adds a minimal yet stylish effect to the room.
A mix of elements and textures arranged together adds interest to any corner of your home. Use a varying palette of color and play with the sizes of your chosen objects. Start with a tray and containers, then fill them tray with assorted berries, nuts, and fruit. If you want some extra oomph in your arrangement, paint some of the elements with metallic spray. Generally gold tones work best for fall.
Have you ever looked at a fallen leaf up close and noticed how incredible it looks? Bring this wonder into your home by displaying chosen leaves in glass beakers or miniature vases. These are great to add a point of interest to tables and windows.
Branches are surprisingly complex and beautiful as a centerpiece. Show them off by placing them in a hurricane vase, and exchanging them as the leaves change outside. You’ll have the whole scope of fall as your décor. Looking for an inexpensive yet chic fall vase filler? Try dried beans. Fill the vase with two inches of white beans and red berries for contrast, or experiment with different color combination, such as red kidney beans with berries that are yellow.
Tie a grouping of corn ears together and hang from a cabinet door or window. You can even use different colored corn to create interesting contrast.
Make some great memories and take a walk in nature to gather acorns. When you get home you can use these to make napkin rings that will be perfect for a fall table setting. To do this, drill tiny holes through the sides of nine or ten acorns. Wire the acorns together, alternating the acorns top to bottom so they fit together tightly. Twist the ends of the wire together and trim off the excess. Pair with fall colored napkins such as red, yellow, or orange.
It could be said that windows are the frame for viewing the world’s soul. When your windows look amazing, it simply makes everything else fall into place. With all of the choices out there, it can be fairly challenging to figure out what style will fit you best. Here is some inspiration for making your windows look extra good.
1.Take your curtains to the next level and transform them into the exact look you want with stencils and spray paint.
2.Add a rustic touch to your room by using an old leather belt to tie back your curtains. Use solid belts or mix and match patterns for an eclectic look.
3. Match curtain color elements with other objects in the room. This allows the eye to have multiple points of interest, making for a more interesting feel to the room.
4. Make your windows the center of attention by picking a dominant bold color that sets the tone for the rest of the room.
5. Contrast linear textures with organic objects such as flowers while maintaining a color scheme. The contrast will immediately add style and interest to the area.
6. Pair a simple curtain with a bold patterned one. This creates a full lush effect. If you have great molding, underline it by making the curtain bar a darker color.
7. Use the shapes of your home to your advantage. Notice how these draped curtains complement the architecture of this neat alcove. One panel is crossing over the other to create a unique, asymmetrical treatment.
8. Add unity to your room by making windows near each other the same color or pattern, but different styles. Notice how this makes the room feel larger as well.
9. For a sophisticated touch, use tassels to tie back draperies. They should generally match the color of the drapes, or a complimentary color to the overall scheme of the room.
10. Use textures that are similar in texture and the up the contrast by setting them against each other.
Every space has a unique personality that can be enhanced by a stylish window treatment. Bring out the beauty of your home today by applying any of these tips to your window ideas. If you need help picking out what styles best fit your home, don’t hesitate to give Shutter Masters a call. We will bring samples, fabric and color options so you can see what the treatments will look like in your home or place of business. Let Shutter Masters’ in home services help take the guesswork out of deciding the best solution for your window treatment needs. Schedule your free consultation today!