Bamboo window treatments are a popular choice among interior decorators and homeowners.
The material is cherished for its natural texture, appearance, affordability, convenience and ease of installation. It adds personality and a rich texture to any room, including bedrooms, living rooms and even commercial spaces.
Regarded as a ‘green’ product, bamboo is a natural, eco-friendly material that reduces homeowners’ impact on the environment.
But it’s important to keep these window treatments clean to ensure they last. Here, we outline how to do just that.
Maintenance Tips for Bamboo Window Treatments
Looking for ways to keep your bamboo shades and blinds clean? Check out our tips.
1. Read the Manufacturer’s Label
While bamboo window treatments can hold up well to different methods of cleaning, it’s best to read the manufacturer’s care instructions first. This allows you to prevent using cleaning agents or other liquids that might damage the material. Look for these instructions in your window treatment’s original packaging or consult the company from which you bought them.
2. Wipe Away Dust.
Like any window treatment, bamboo ones collect dust. Not cleaning them can mean sacrificing their durability.
The easy way to avoid this problem is to clean them thoroughly at least once a week with a feather duster or microfibre cloth.
If you have one or more pets, use your vacuum’s brush attachment. This will get rid of dust and dirt without doing damage.
3. Inspect the Shades
How you clean your bamboo window treatments depends greatly on how dirty they are. If mounted in areas in damp areas like a kitchen, porch or bathroom, they may have mould and/or mildew. Cleaning your bamboo treatments thoroughly at least once a month will reduce unpleasant smells and increase their working life.
4. Wash Them
In case of mould and/or mildew, remove them from their fixings and take them to a well-ventilated area. Lay them flat and clean along the slats with an old toothbrush. In areas with stubborn mould, you may have to brush more firmly. Next, soak them for a few minutes in a tub filled with 3 to 4 inches of warm water that’s had a mild anti-bacterial liquid soap added to it. Rinse with clean water.
Alternatively, you can use a shower head if you don’t have a tub, but you’ll need to hold them up to clean them properly. Next, get rid of as much water as possible and let the window treatment air dry before re-hanging them.
Bamboo window treatments are a great option for homeowners who want the appearance of natural wood but not the cost. Incredibly durable, they can give you a lifetime of service with proper care and maintenance.