Whatever your preferences be in home decor and window treatments, it is important to maintain and protect them. No one buys any item in the hope that it will take care of itself. Last year, my friend got his home renovated and redesigned. Doors and flooring were replaced, furniture was polished, walls were painted and a lot of decorative pieces were bought in the hope that his home would get a new lease of life. But twelve months later, the walls are peeling off the surface, the fans require a lot of cleaning, and the blinds have cobwebs on them. Even when the home looked great with all the changes initially, now it is going back to its old state. Proper house décor must be well-maintained to keep its look.
The Importance of Moisture-Resistant Blinds
So it’s not only the dust, grime, or bugs that are wholly responsible for the condition of the home. While the importance of using a vacuum cleaner, a broom or a clean, dry cloth cannot be understated for regular care, the formation of water droplets on your window shades can be a big problem for your window treatments. In simple terms, this moisture buildup is known as condensation. Even simple things that we don’t even deem irresponsible can lead to the formation of droplets. These can, over time, lead to peeling, warping and cracks on the surface of many blinds.
If you plan to install window treatments in areas that experience regular rainfall throughout the year, look for moisture-resistant blinds that can withstand the effect of a storm or liquid for a longer duration than blinds which do not possess such a quality. Faux wood blinds are one of the best window covering solutions in this arena. Being replicas of pure wood, they cannot be distinguished from their original counterparts. They have the same look and feel and texture, but a major advantage that they have is they are prone to withstand moisture as against wood which can get damaged over time. Their durability is one of their redeeming features, and besides rain, they can also withstand exposure to the sun.
Just like faux wood blinds, aluminum vertical blinds are constructed keeping their durability against moisture in mind. Because of this quality, they are often used in commercial buildings and office spaces. They are also the preferred choice of window shades in kitchens and bathrooms where condensation is an issue. Their alternate slats come in a variety of dimensions such as 1-1.5 inch” of slat length. They are also extremely appealing because of their texture and bring the room alive because of their aesthetic and sophisticated appearance.
We also know how roller solar shades protect us from the sun. when they are in place, you do not need to worry about the UV and infrared radiation affecting us in any way when we are indoors. On the contrary, their light diffusing capabilities make them an absolute favorite among different households. However, one more feature that these shades have, which is not discussed often, is their capacity to withstand moisture as well as dirt. They are pretty easy to clean, and because of this, they can last you for more years than most other shades.
Following a Few Simple Ideas to Stop Condensation
Condensation follows when the inner temperature of the house is not properly managed. While it is not always a bad thing on blinds, especially when they are not prone to warping or cracking because of it, it might be a problem with other shades.
Here are a few simple steps and considerations you might follow. They do not require any arduous work, but just some mindful things.
1. Tracking the Humidity Levels: There are tools such as a hygrometer that you can install to calculate the moisture levels in the house. It can be strategically placed in areas such as the kitchen where temperatures can fluctuate easily. With a hygrometer in place, you can always keep a check on when you need alternate measures to bring the humidity levels down.
2. Use Exhaust Fans: These things are a must in both the kitchen and the bathroom. They must be switched on at regular intervals to let humidity escape. After you take a bath, especially with hot water, it is necessary to keep the exhaust fans running for at least ten minutes. Similarly, in the kitchen, they must be used after preparing every meal, particularly when it involves the use of gas.
3. Taking Plants Outside: The capacity of plants to purify the air indoors is well known and proven. However, as they produce moisture, they might actually be contributing to condensation on your windows and blinds. While you can still keep one or two essential plants, don’t overstuff your rooms with pots. Take them out from time to time, and keep them outside if the problem of condensation is severe.
4. Drying clothes outside: We understand that you might not have enough space outdoors to line dry your clothes after a wash. In some households, they do not even have the provision. In such a scenario, people tend to dry clothes through a blower or by setting them up on a wire indoors, either in the living room or bedroom. However, the wetness of the clothes only adds to the moisture inside. While we won’t call this an activity a strict no-no, hang them out if you have the means and space, and if you’ve had your blinds replaced because of condensation.
5. Close the Doors: An area where condensation is common must be kept as separate from the rest of the house as possible. Studio apartments where the kitchen and the living room are in the same space become more humid. Try to enclose the space as much as you could. There should be a door separating these areas from outside. After taking a shower, keep the door closed, otherwise, the moisture in the air gets “distributed” and condensation follows.
6. Manage the Temperature Inside the House: it is important for the doors, walls and windows of the house to remain warm. In the winter months, use a heater to manage temperature, or choose DIY methods like weather stripping, which seals off the edges of the walls to avoid the cold air from entering. You may also have an exterior window shade installed so that the indoors remain protected from condensation.
7. Don’t Keep the Windows and Doors Shut All the Time: We understand that the outside air can be unpleasant. However, humid air with no means of escape can only form droplets on the surface of glasses, walls and windows. So from time to time, it is important to keep the room ventilated and air to pass through. Otherwise, it may pose serious health risks for those who remain home all day.
Sometimes getting the right window treatments may not be enough to avoid condensation. Some quick home fixes are essential in achieving your purpose. We do not deny the use of moisture-resistant fabrics in window coverings, which explains the popularity of faux wood blinds and roller solar shades. However, keeping the air-ventilated, managing room temperature, and using exhaust fans are some go-to tips that do not cost much investment.