Housekeeping is a never ending process. We scrub the walls, floors, fans, furniture, dishes, clothes, air vents, and many other things. The one thing that seems to be low on the priority list is window treatments.
Those expensive blinds, shades, and draperies simply hang there to give us a pleasing décor, to filter noise, and yes, they act as filters of dirt, smoke and grease within the home. The invisible smoke that travels throughout our home comes primarily from cooking, candles, and tobacco products.
Window treatments don’t do anything to attract your attention, they just hang there. These are usually large dollar items and If they were not there we would miss them greatly. So why do we not clean them like the other things around the house??? Draperies, shades, and blinds should be cleaned no less than once every two to three years and vacuumed no less than once every 3-4 months. If you keep your house in immaculate clean condition, then window treatments should be cleaned once every five years, but most of us are not that immaculate with housekeeping, we are simply too busy.
Aesthetic Benefits: A home that looks and smells clean is a pleasure like no other. It is a welcome place to come to after a hard day’s work. It helps us to relax and get rid of the stresses of the hectic work place.
Health Benefits: When window treatments are cleaned on a regular schedule, the health benefits of the environment of your home increase. Allergens, dust mites, and smoke residue are silently filtered through the fabric of the window treatment or are held on hard slats with a sticky residue from a dirty environment giving off odors. Getting rid of these things helps us to breathe better and live happier, healthier lives.
Hardware Benefits: Computer hard drives are susceptible to failure due to airborne dust, and the sticky smoke from candles, cooking, dust mites and other sources . With so many expensive electronic toys, computers, phones, TV’s and DVD players, it is more important now than ever before to keep our home environment clean. All electronic items inside of a home can be destroyed with invisible sticky dirt and smoke. It builds up over time in minute amounts and is rarely noticed until mechanical failure happens. Mechanical failure can be costly.
Recycling Benefits: Mini blinds are difficult and costly to clean without specialized equipment. Blinds and draperies that have become soiled over the years are frequently thrown away and new ones are purchased. This is costly. Cleaning is a form of recycling. If something can be cleaned such as mini-blinds, shades, and draperies, large amounts of long-term debris are kept out of landfills.
CLEANING IS COST EFFECTIVE