We’ve discussed in previous blog posts cleaning tips for certain hospitality products such as Blackout Drapery and Bedding specifically. Check out the blogs entitled “Cleaning Tips for Hospitality Drapery” and “How Should Fabric Stains be Treated in the Hospitality Industry?” for further information. Well, Roller Shades aren’t any different. They also need to be cleaned from time to time and so in this blog we will offer some advice and tips for making sure your roller shades are kept looking sharp and fresh.

For regular cleaning procedures, roller shades should be considered more in the realm of a hard treatment, meaning that dusting and light vacuuming is recommend on a regular basis. The fabric should be drawn completely out and the entire surface vacuumed before rolling the shade band back up.

The hardware parts of a roller shade, which might be visible to a guest, including brackets, fascia, end caps, chain, chain retainer, exposed metal hembar and side and sill channel, can be cleaned with any hard surface cleaners such as Windex, or a typical counter-top cleaner. You will need to do this with caution as everything should be done to ensure that chemically based cleaners do not come in contact with the actual shade fabric.

Finally, if the shade fabric is stained or marked in some way that necessitates cleaning (other than vacuuming and/or dusting), it is recommended that the first attempt is to clean simply with diluted water, rubbing the surface vigorously. If simple water does not work, the next step would be to try cleaning with water and a simple detergent. If the stain persists, it’s recommended to speak with the manufacturer of the shade system, and possibly the shade fabric vendor, before trying anything else as the fabric may become damaged or discolored with the use of further chemical-based cleaners.

If a stain, mark or other aesthetically unappealing spot remains, you may want to consider speaking with the manufacturer to see if just a part can be replaced. The one good thing about roller shades and the multitude of parts that are used to make it functional is sometimes a single part can be replaced instead of the entire system.