See You Later Stain: How to Remove Stains From Fabric Shades
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One of the downsides to these types of shades is how easily they stain. But on the bright side, they’re just as easy to clean. Follow these four simple steps and your shades will look as good as new in no time.
What You Need
When the only things making your fabric shades dirty are dust, pet hair, and other light debris, you probably could do with a quick vacuum or a light dusting. But when you have an actual stain, you’ll need to invest a bit more time and effort into cleaning.
From start to finish, cleaning your shades shouldn’t take more than one hour. All you need is a sponge, a bucket, some liquid dishwashing soap, and a clean and dry soft cloth.
Consider whether or not you should remove the shade from the wall. If you only have a small or superficial stain, you can leave the shade attached to the rail. For a deeply set or larger stain, it’s best to detach your shade from the window.
Step 1: Prepare Your Solution
First, you’ll want to prepare your cleaning solution. Add a 1/8 to 1/4 cup of liquid dishwasher soap to a large bucket filled with warm water. This light cleaning solution is gentle enough to be sued on most fabrics without causing any discoloration.
Step 2: Test Your Fabric Shades
While most fabrics won’t stain or discolor with liquid detergent, you should test the cleaning solution on a small piece of fabric before attempting to remove the stain. Dab a small amount of the solution into an area of your fabric shades that isn’t normally visible.
Wait for the solution to dry and check for any discoloration. If the solution discolors your shades, you’ll have to have them cleaned professionally or you risk damaging them further.
Step 3: Clean
Now it’s time for the fun part: cleaning. Don’t rub at the stain or you risk pushing it deeper into the fabric. Instead, dip your sponge into the cleaning solution and dab at the stain.
Use the clean, soft cloth to remove excess moisture as you continue to dab. This should be repeated until you see the stain lifting from the shades.
Step 4: Dry
Drying the fabric shade is probably the most important step This is because leaving the water to dry on its own can cause discoloration.
After you’ve removed the stain, use a hair dryer or a fan to dry the spot. Use a low-heat setting to avoid burning the fabric. You might also consider hanging the fabric to dry if the affected area is large.
Replacing Your Fabric Shades
Sometimes, all the cleaning in the world isn’t going to bring your fabric shades back to life. When that time comes, we can help you find the perfect window treatments for your space. Find out more about how we can help and contact us today.
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