Make Your Atlanta Plantation Shutters Look New Again

Plantation shutters are a gorgeous and popular option for Georgia interior and exterior windows. They are easy to use, effective at blocking sunlight, and much more efficient than traditional blinds with strings and attachments that break easily. Plantation shutters are the perfect window treatment in many homes – except when it comes time to clean them. Removing dirt and dust from the separated slats can be tricky and time-consuming. Luckily, there is an established way to clean plantation shutters of all materials for the simplest, fastest, and best-looking finished product.

How to clean plantation shutters

Cleaning Wooden Shutters

If you have wooden plantation shutters, keep the cleaning process as dry and natural as possible. Using harsh cleaning chemicals can harm the wood or ruin the paint on the wooden surface. Here is what to do:

  1. Use a vacuum’s brush attachment to run over the shutters. The vacuum picks up most of the dirt and dust from the surface of the shutters.
     
  2. Take a small dusting brush or dusting cloth and clean small spaces the vacuum could not reach. Pick up any dust and dirt particles the vacuum missed.
     
  3. If you notice marks or dirt on the surface of the shutters that the vacuum and dry cloth/brush could not remove, use a slightly damp small brush, such as a toothbrush, to scrub the dirty area. Wet the brush with water or a mild cleaning solution. Gently scrub the area until clean.
     
  4. Dry the wet area as soon as possible to prevent water damage or wood warping.
     
  5. For an extra sheen, use wood polish, such as Pledge spray, and wipe down your plantation shutters.
     

Enjoy your clean shutters! Wooden shutters are a bit more work than other materials, but they are a beautiful and durable way to keep your home cool and comfortable.

Cleaning Polywood Shutters

Some plantation shutters are made with polywood, a synthetic material made to look like wood. If necessary, you can use harsher chemicals on polywood shutters. The material will not damage as easily as real wood would. Start with the same dry-cleaning methods as the wooden shutters – the vacuum brush attachment, dusting cloth/brush, and small brush. If you see marks, stains, or dirt that cannot be cleaned or removed with dry methods, use cleaning solutions and a scrubber. A mild grease-cutting dish soap and warm water mixture is often effective for polywood or vinyl shutters.

Cleaning Exterior Shutters

Exterior shutters can be difficult to reach. Safely use a ladder (with someone supervising) or step stool to reach higher shutters. Begin by pressure washing your exterior blinds to remove most of the built-up dirt and debris. Get a brush or cloth and a bucket with a cleaning solution. The soap and water mixture for polywood shutters should work well. You may want to mix in bleach or use a bleach cleaner to remove mold, mildew, and stubborn stains. Scrub shutters clean with the brush/cloth and cleaning solution of your choice.

Cleaning your plantation shutters regularly will make the process easier each time. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your shutters, don’t hesitate to contact Atlanta’s window treatment experts, Peachtree Blinds.

Window Treatments for Uniquely Shaped Windows

Large and uncommonly shaped windows bring a unique look into your home. These windows allow maximum natural light and, in many cases, added ventilation, making them a valuable addition to any room. However, there is one challenge that uniquely shaped or exceptionally large windows present. Finding window treatments to fit these windows can be difficult and expensive. At Modernize, we know curtains are an important aspect of completing the style of your home. In addition to this, window coverings can block drafts during the winter and the heat from the sun during the summer, increasing the energy efficiency of your home. Continue reading for five window treatments that you can use for your uniquely shaped windows.

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Plantation Shutters

Shutters from Peachtree Blinds can be custom made from real wood components to perfectly fit the special shape windows in your home including arch-top windows. Additionally, the bi-pass shutter tracks allow for use of plantation shutters for large windows and doors. These shutters allow for maximum control of light in privacy and are easily operated to open or close.

Window Tint or Window Film

Covering large or uniquely shaped windows provides a unique problem of blocking light from entering the home. Window tint or film can be cut custom to fit your window, and it blocks up to 99 percent of UV rays from entering your home. Known for reducing energy costs by up to 40 percent and providing added security, window tint is become the standard in new home construction.

Custom Drapes

Drapes serve two purposes in every home. First, they block out light, increasing energy efficiency and protecting you from UV rays. Secondly, they provided an aesthetically beautiful and customizable look for your home. Custom-made drapes from PeachTree Blinds can be created to fit the unique windows in your home.

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Custom Panels

Panels hang from above your window, straight to the floor. Their uniquely uniform shape allows them to be placed strategically to cover windows of all shapes and sizes. When panels are not being used, they can be pulled to the side and secured, allowing for light to enter the home. Custom panels can be created from various textiles, allowing you control of the design and light block capacity of the fabric.

Motorized Window Treatments

In many homes, large windows are difficult to cover and overcover because of the size of the window treatments. Motorized window treatments are easy to use, darkening a room or allowing light in with the push of a button. The motorized window treatments at Peachtree can be customized to fit various window sizes.

Finding the perfect window treatments for your special shape or large windows is possible, you simply need to exercise a little creative and know exactly where to look. We love Peachtree Blinds of Atlanta because of their versatile inventory of window coverings and the assistance they provide in their free shop-at-home appointments. While a do-it-yourself window treatment may be possible, the ease and time-savings provided by a professional installer can’t be beat.

*Mary Sauer is a writer for Modernize.com a home improvement website based out of Austin, Texas that focuses on design ideas.

Add That WOW   Factor To Your Atlanta Home’s Interior With Professional Window Treatments

Window treatments are easily overlooked yet they are an important part of any interior scheme. Not only can they add interest and texture, but they can also help regulate the temperature of your home. Tailored styles of window treatments work well in larger rooms and formal settings. These more structured designs will often feature valances that cover the poles or tracks and can be covered in matching or contrasting material.

Other formal styles add details such as swags and tails or pole drapery which add richness and flourish to the design.

An Atlanta professional curtain maker will ensure a crisp and neatly tailored design, whatever the style and dimensions of the window. If you are looking for a softer, more relaxed look, layered curtains are a huge trend now. Sheer or lightweight fabrics in varying tones or contrasting colors provide warmth, softening the light as it enters the space while keeping the overall appearance light and airy. This style is also a great way to mix prints in to your room without overwhelming your scheme.

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An Atlanta professional curtain maker will ensure a crisp and neat tailored design.

When hanging a layered window treatment, it is important to invest in a multi-channel track or multi-rod curtain rail so that there is not too much bulk at the top of the window. Layered looks are easily achieved with ready-made curtains from the shop shelf.

When choosing fabric for your window treatment, it is also important to consider how much light enters the room. Lighter colors are generally more resilient to sun damage, but will benefit from blackout lining if used in bedrooms so that you can darken the room for sleep. If your room gets a lot of sun, lining the curtains will also help them to last longer, and will help to regulate the temperature within your home. Lined curtains help to keep the sun out in the summer while keeping the warmth in during the winter months.

Another option is wooden shutters. Not only are they the perfect choice for the allergy prone as they are easy to wipe clean, there is also a huge range of styles suitable for any type of home. These range from solid panels to louvered blades and half-height, cafe-style shutters that are a great option for privacy while allowing maximum sunlight to flow into the room. A great tip is to choose a slightly thicker louvered blade because these are great for the Atlanta climate as they let in more air and block out the hot sunlight.

How To Clean Your Blinds and Shades

Dusting your shades and blinds is not a fun chore to do and you probably do not attempt it very often. Many times window treatments do not get cleaned because homeowners are not quite sure what to use or how to clean them. But it really only takes around 30 minutes to an hours, depending upon number of windows, to clear your conscience and your view. Below is a list of common window coverings and how best to clean them. *Important Note: for shades with delicate fabrics such as silk, you should contact the manufacturer for instructions on proper cleaning. A professional cleaner may be needed in this case.

Faux and Wood Blinds

How to clean blindsFaux-wood blinds are one of the most popular types of window coverings. If your faux-wood blinds are just dusty, using a vacuum with a dust brush attachment can make cleaning them a breeze. Simply close the blinds all the way, hold the bottom rail, vacuum one side, then turn the blinds the other way and vacuum the other side. When using the vacuum, make sure that the suction is on its lightest setting to avoid twisting or warping the slats. Handheld dusters like a Swiffer can also be effective here.

If your faux-wood blinds are in the kitchen however, they may have collected some grease and grime in addition to dust. This calls for a bit more thorough cleaning, but nothing that can’t be handled with some good ol’ white vinegar. Simply fill a small bowl with a mixture of one part vinegar and one part water, and then use a clean sock or microfiber cloth to dip in the bowl. Turn the blinds one way and wipe them while holding the bottom rail, then turn them the other way and clean the other side. The vinegar will take care of the grease and grime, and your blinds will be looking as clean as the day they were put up!

Most wood blinds are treated with a special finish to repel dirt and stains. Wood blinds can be cleaned with a good quality furniture polish and a soft cloth or clean sock. Spray the furniture polish on the cloth and wipe each slat individually. Avoid touching the cords.

For heavier cleaning, you can use plain water, but be careful not to saturate the wood. Wipe excess water immediately to prevent spotting, discoloration, or warping.

Insulating Blinds

Dust these with a hand-held vacuum brush on a low setting and spot-treat dirty areas with lukewarm water and a mild dish detergent. Dab, don’t rub, the fabric.

Panel Track Shades

These durable panels for large windows or doors are low-maintenance. Just glide your vacuum dust-brush tool over the panels to keep them fresh.

Roller shades

Roller shades now comes in a wide range of textures and fabrics. Give them a quick once-over with your vacuum’s soft brush tool and maybe a little spot cleaning. To clean classic vinyl roller shades, use a well-wrung cloth or sponge dipped in a solution of mild dishwashing detergent and lukewarm water and wipe the shade in sections. Start at the bottom, and continue working (washing and rinsing) upward until the entire shade is clean. Leave the shade fully extended to dry.

You can also give really dingy vinyl shades a bath. Cover them in warm water in the bathtub and add several squirts of mild dishwashing soap. Using a soft brush, clean the shades on both sides. Rinse, allow to air-dry, and re-hang.

Cellular Shades (honeycombs)

Cellular shade window treatments are a hot pick for their energy efficiency, but they have a secret cleaning advantage, too. Just use the dusting tool on your vacuum. Give them a once-over on low suction, and you’re done. After dusting, most stains can be lightly blotted with a sponge, lukewarm water, and mild dish detergent.

Cleaning Window Shades

Roman shades

Roman shades, whether they’re flat, pleated, or draped with swags need to be cleaned with your vacuum’s soft dusting brush attachment on low suction. If necessary, spot-clean any stains with a cloth dipped in mild suds. Do not saturate; rinse and blot dry.

Sheer shades

Sheer shades can be adjusted to diffuse the light. These trendy translucent window shadings look delicate but are fashioned from sturdy, knitted polyester. Vacuum with the brush attachment on the lowest suction setting.

Window Treatments & Energy Efficiency – Atlanta, Georgia

Windows have a huge impact on how our homes look, feel and function, so we want to get them right. But even the best windows have a hard time doing everything we want them to do — let in light and views, keep out the cold, etc. Happily, homeowners can make their windows perform better by choosing energy-efficient window treatments such as insulated curtains and blinds.

Atlanta Window EffiencyYou can find some great solutions for how to make windows more energy-efficient, and your home more comfortable, without spending a lot of money. You can even make some insulated window coverings yourself.

Windows are often described as “holes in the wall” for good reason. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports that windows typically account for 25 percent of annual heating and cooling costs in older houses, and can even be responsible for as much as 40 percent.

Even those of us whose homes have high-performance windows want them to work better. “It doesn’t matter whether you get the best window in the world. The first thing that anybody is going to do is change the way it works,” says Peter Yost, vice president for technical services at the publisher BuildingGreen. These changes take place with the addition of blinds, insulated shades, thermal curtains or other coverings.

So how do we make window treatments work for us, and still be efficient? To get the most out of our windows, we need them to be adjustable. Depending on the season and time of day, we may want to let in as much light, heat, fresh air and view as possible, or do our best to keep those things out, in the name of comfort, energy efficiency and privacy.

Peachtree Blinds of Atlanta has a complete range of energy-efficient, adjustable window treatments such as roman shades, plantation shutters and blinds and custom draperies. We are the home for Atlanta Hunter Douglas products.

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Choose Quality When Purchasing Window Blinds for Your Atlanta Home

In the minds of many consumers, all blinds are created equal. To these individuals, blinds are blinds. Why bother worrying about who makes them? Who cares where they come from in the end? If you feel this way, you may want to rethink your stance. There are quality blinds, and there are flimsy and cheap blinds. Do you want something that looks good and lasts for years? Blinds made with care are the answer.

Custom Blinds Have a Longer Life than Mass-Produced Blinds

Blinds, Woodstock, GeorgiaYou can get blinds at your local hardware store – but are you getting the best deal? Cheaper blinds may be a relief for your monthly budget, but these blinds end up costing you more in the long run. They break easily, suffer from yellowing, and warp. If your household has pets and kids, this is something to keep in mind. Consider the UV rating of blinds you want to purchase. Quality blinds made of faux wood have a 500 hour rating or greater. Feeble Chinese blinds fall short of this.

You Get More Options with Quality Blinds

When you buy custom blinds for your Atlanta home, you get something tailored to the unique needs of your home. You don’t get exactly what you want with generic blinds. You may end up with blinds that don’t fit the window properly and require labor-intensive alterations. Some material options available for blinds include faux wood, real wood, aluminum, and vinyl. Each has their positives and negatives. For example, real wood looks attractive but needs special care. If you have a theme in mind for a room, it’s possible to get quality blinds in a color that compliments it. It’s up to you and what you want to achieve. Out of the box blinds limit your choices. They leave you up a creek if you don’t like what you see at the store.

Privacy Is Always Intact

Wooden Blinds, WoodstockCheap, light blinds make it easy for people to see the inside of your home. Slats may fall off if someone pulls at them. If you have a cat, he may put his head through the blinds and leave them stuck in an open position. When you lift the blinds, it may be difficult to lower them at a later time. If you have possessions that you wish to keep hidden, this is a hazard. Quality blinds made in the USA make it painless to keep everything you love away from prying eyes. Their structure ensures stability and durability. Give your family more control over their environment.

Still think all blinds are the same? When push comes to shove, quality blinds give you more for your money. They offer you style, comfort, and appeal. Contact Peachtree Blinds of Atlanta to find out what you can do to get blinds customized to all your needs and will last.