Aug. 31, 2022 - Oops! Now you've done it! There's a stain on your beautiful Draper@Home window shade fabric panel. Or maybe you'd just like to give everything a good dusting. But before you start cleaning window shades, there are a few things to remember:
- You can clean most Draper@Home fabrics at the window. Use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment, a soft duster, or compressed air.
- Use care when cleaning fabric to avoid creating creases or wrinkles. A flat surface may be held behind the shade surface to provide support while cleaning.
- When vacuuming, avoid pulling or stretching the fabric. Rigorous vacuuming is not recommended since this could distort the fabric.
- Dirt and debris can be blown away using compressed air or a hand-held air dryer on the cool setting.
- A dry chemical sponge may be used for spot cleaning.
Cleaning Soiled Shades
For dirt or stains, on many fabrics you can use a sponge or soft cloth and mild solution of warm soapy water. We recommend a dishwashing liquid, such as Ivory liquid. Commercial and hospital grade cleaners/disinfectants or a 10% or less diluted bleach solution may be used. Test in an inconspicuous area prior to use. Rinse thoroughly after cleaning.
- Do not use water or other liquids to clean the following fabrics. Use a soft duster, compressed air, or a low-suction vacuum.
- Phifer SheerWeave: SW7000, SW7200R/7250R, SW7400/7450, SW7500/7500R, SW7600/7650, SW7700R/7750R, SW8000
- Mermet USA: GreenScreen Evolve, GreenScreen Revive, GreenScreen Nature, Flocke, Vizela, Verona Daylight, Verona Twilight
- Draper: Linen Light, Linen Light Blackout, Malacca, Oslo, Oslo Blackout, Tenley, Venice Blackout
- A dry art sponge can be used on Phifer SW7000 fabrics, Mermet USA Flocke, and Draper Palister, Fury, and Tenley.
- If your shade fabric has a metallized backing do not use liquids, and do not rub the metallized surface. The only recommended cleaning methods are a soft duster, compressed air, or a low-suction vacuum. The non-metallized "room side" can be cleaned using the standard methods mentioned above.
If nothing we've recommended works, don't take matters into you own hands: call Draper for additional help! Also contact Draper support if you aren't sure which shade fabric you have.