Blinds, their Types and their Benefits
Blinds are arguably some of the most staple types of window coverings in the market today. While they are a common feature, there are so many different types of blinds with respect to design, material and functionality, making each one of them unique and desirable. Blinds are window treatments that will not go out of demand anytime soon. This is because of how well they function as a window covering. They are good at providing privacy, light filtration with their control mechanisms and even controlling the temperature and becoming energy efficient. They are also really good additions for your décor in the sense that they spruce up the look of the home.
There are many types of blinds in the window treatment market today to fit your needs. The traditional venetian blinds are always a classic choice. Vertical blinds are good for bigger windows and patio doors. On the other hand, you can find something like wooden blinds or faux wooden blinds for French Windows if you an elegant, yet down to earth look for your home. If you are looking for your blinds to block out all the sunlight to keep your room dark and cool for rest, you can try blackout blinds. If you are looking for insulation and heat resistance, thermal curtains can be a fantastic option for you. Essentially, there is always a set of blinds that can fulfil your needs to their fullest extent.
What are fabric blinds and are they useful additions to your home?
Fabric blinds are, in their core, a hybrid combination of blinds and shades. Instead of slats, they have vanes that are fashioned out of woven fabric. The best part about fabric blinds is that they can give you the best of two worlds (that being, blinds and shades). You can control how much sunlight enters your home just like other blinds, but you also get the lighting effect and filtration capabilities of shades.
Fabric blinds can be a great addition to your home. The minor disadvantage or feature of blinds that people don’t really like is that the sunlight is either blocked by the blinds or fully allowed to enter. This is the case with most types of blinds (blackout blinds, faux wooden blinds or mini blinds as well). This problem will not surface with fabric blinds. Fabric blinds act as a filter on the sunlight. This means that a decent amount of sunlight enters the house, which keeps it clean and ventilated, while at the same time, there isn’t so much sunlight that it beats down you or causes some form of glare. This kind of lighting effect is what sets fabric blinds apart from other types of blinds.
What is also necessary to note is that fabric blinds can be custom made and come in different designs and patterns. They also come in different types of fabrics. This means that you can not only experiment with different colours and patterns, but you can also use different types of fabric depending on your needs. They are usually dust resistant and quite easy to operate as well.
How do I maintain my fabric blinds without causing them to wear out soon?
As with any other part of your home décor that enhances the aesthetic value of your home, fabric blinds also require maintenance and a commitment to take care of them regularly to make sure something like deep cleaning isn’t a necessity in the first place. It also makes for a healthier lifestyle and makes your home a safer place to live in. Before you find out how you can clean them without damaging them, here are some pointers on how you can keep them in shape without going through a lot of trouble –
- Something you should always remember to do every week is dusting. With all the various benefits that come with fabric blinds, the downside is that fabric can absorb more dust than other materials. You can use a soft duster or the duster on your vacuum cleaner with a lower setting to dust off your blinds. Another thing about dusting that is quite often ignored is that fact that both sides of the fabric blinds must be dusted. Regular dusting reduces the risk of allergies significantly.
- While dusting and engaging in any form of cleaning, you need to make sure that your approach is gentle. You always run the risk of loosening a thread or two of the fabric because you were too harsh. Although this seems a small problem at first, it can lead to the loosening of other threads, causing a collapse in the structural integrity of the blinds. Once you finish cleaning the blinds, always check whether any damage has occurred.
- If there are any stains on the fabric blinds, they must be taken care of immediately. They cannot be put off. This is because as time passes, the stains start setting into the fabric and once they are set, they can become very hard to remove. Even if it is possible to remove the stain, there is a reasonable chance that the fabric fades with the stain because they are set together.
- While deep cleaning your fabric blinds, you must make sure to avoid using strong chemicals that have the potential to cause the fabric to start fading over time. Even if the fabric doesn’t fade, strong chemicals can tamper with the texture of the fabric.
How do I deep clean my fabric blinds in a way that they aren’t damaged?
Now that you have a generally idea on how you must go about making sure that your fabric blinds aren’t damaged while dusting, you would want to know to deep clean your fabric blinds and most importantly, you would want to know how to do it without damaging the blinds. Please note this does not apply to all fabrics as yours may not be water submersible! Please check with your manufacturer before moving forward with the following steps. ZebraBlinds is not responsible for any damage caused through DIY methods.
- Your first order of business is to remove the fabric blinds from the wall. Make sure you reach for both ends of the mounting bracket and that they unhinge properly. Since you will only need the vanes of the panels themselves, you can unstring them.
- Next, use a vacuum to clear off any loose dust on both sides of the fabric blinds.
- Fill your bathtub (or a large basin) with warm and soapy water. As mentioned above, please check with your manufacturer before continuing with these steps.
- Gently place the blinds in the bathtub or basin and let them soak for some time.
- After making sure the blinds have soaked well enough, use the softer side of a sponge to gently scrub the surface of the fabric.
- Now, rinse the blinds with clear water to get rid of any soap or dirt in the blinds.
- The last step is to dry them out in a place with good ventilation. This can take at least 24 hours.
If you don’t already have fabric blinds, you should give them some due consideration because of their benefits. You can try tie-up blinds, roller shades, natural and even synthetic fabric blinds to enhance the look of your home.