Anytime you purchase a new window treatment you want them to last for years. It is no different when you buy roller shades. You want quality shades that will last and last. You can help your window treatments last longer by following a few guidelines.
Cleaning Roller Shades
Even the best made shades will require some cleaning from time to time. The roller mechanism will get dusty and may cause the blinds to catch or prevent it from staying down. The easiest way to treat and prevent this problem is with a can of condensed air.
The same can of air you use to clean your computer's keyboard can be used to clean your roller shades as well. Look at the top of the shade and on one side of the tube is a pin. On the other side is a spring. Shoot some air into this side to clean dust out of the mechanism to keep your blinds working properly.
Adding Roller Shades to Existing Blinds
This may seem like an odd choice but in fact, it works wonders. Unfortunately, many people toss out their old window blinds when they cease to block out light like the one they want.
Too Much Light - You may have originally loved the bright sunshine filling your room early in the morning. Now you are working the night shift and that sunlight is no longer welcome. Instead of throwing out your current window treatment, you can add room darkening shades. If you have particularly bright rooms then add a blackout shade.
Preserving the View - Originally, your backyard was not something to look at. You may have wanted to hide it or you just did not care. Now you have kids and you want to watch them play. When you add a solar shade to the window, you still block out the harsh UV light and glare from the sun and you still get to look out the window.
Energy Efficiency - Let's face it. Even ten years ago, we were not very concerned about energy efficiency. However, now the world is set on saving money and going green. Instead of tossing out your blinds that go perfectly with your home, you can purchase an energy efficient roller shade to go behind the blinds. This way you get the benefit of the perfect blinds and the energy efficiency of the roller shade.
As you can clearly see, roller shades have many uses in the home. Whether you are replacing your old window treatments or just updating your home, roller shades are a good choice.
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