Cleaning & Care

Cleaning blinds and shades

All Hunter Douglas window coverings are made for a lifetime of wear-resistant, trouble-free performance. Many shade fabrics are specially treated to repel dust and dirt. Our Aluminum horizontal blinds are treated with Dust Shield™, an anti-static paint additive that inhibits dust build-up.

Please refer to the CARE AND CLEANING CHART for the correct recommendations for your Window Fashions products. For additional care and maintenance recommendations, please call us at (632) 705-9999 / (632) 655-3590.

  1. Dusting.
    Regular dusting maintains a like-new appearance of most blinds, shades, shadings and sheers.
  2. Vacuuming.
    For deeper cleaning, vacuum gently with a brush attachment of any vacuum cleaner. Most products may be vacuumed using a vertical stroke, however do not use a brush attachment with Luminette® Privacy Sheers.
    Compressed air or hair dryer (non-heat setting). Use to blow dust off selected window coverings.
  3. Spot-cleaning.
    Spot-clean shades and blinds with a soft cloth or sponge moistened with lukewarm water. Add mild detergent if needed. Blot gently to avoid creasing or damaging the fabric. Rubbing can damage fabrics. Spot-cleaning may result in cleaner areas.
  4. Stain-finished wood blinds.
    Water may damage surface, so use lemon oil or wood preservative to clean.
  5. Aluminum venetian blinds.
    Use an over-the-counter blind cleaner with a soft cloth.
  6. Steaming.
    Steaming can be done to remove wrinkles from some fabrics. A hand-held travel size steamer that provides continuous steam is best. Heavy-duty steamers are not recommended.


To ensure that you have a "thoroughly satisfying experience" when purchasing Hunter Douglas window fashions, the following "helpful hints" have been outlined by product category for your use.

Wood Products

  • Clean using a dry and soft feather duster, clean cloth, dust cloth or dusting mitt. A vacuum with the soft brush attachment can also be used.
  • Protect all fine wood products from exposure to steam or high moisture areas, rain or outside irrigation systems to ensure their long life.
  • When cleaning any window, spray glass cleaner on a cloth rather than spraying directly on the window. This will prevent damage to the wood finish by splattering cleaner.

Cloth Tapes

  • Spot-cleaning with fabric cleaning wipes found at your grocery store is recommended for all tapes. These will typically not leave a stain or discolor the tapes. We suggest a cleaning test on the underneath side of the blind where the tape wraps around the bottom rail where any stain would be the least visible.
  • 100% polyester tapes can be spot-cleaned with cool distilled water using a clean white cloth. Support the trim from behind using another clean cloth that is dry. Use a gentle blotting action to clean the spot or soiled area. Rinse by blotting with clean distilled water. Let air dry. A gentle detergent can also be used on the 100% polyester trims. Spot-cleaning may result in cleaner areas.
  • If the tape is shiny or has a luster, DO NOT USE WATER. It is most likely rayon or acetate. The result will be a water stain. Wipes are the best for all fiber contents.

Fabric Shades, Shadings or Louvers

  • Do not use magnetic cleaners such as a dusting mitt on light dimming fabrics. This will damage the light dimming backing.
  • When cleaning any window, spray glass cleaner on a cloth rather than spraying directly on the window. This will prevent damage to the fabrics by splattering cleaner.
  • While some fabric window covering products may seem perfect for an outdoor setting, all are recommended for indoor use only.
  • Do not hand wash The Matisse Collection fabric-covered headrail. Lightly dust with a clean dry cloth only.

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