Stay on Top of Your Shades
Window shades are wonderful because they allow you to manage sunlight entering the room. Specifically, solar window shades will reduce radiant heat at the window, prevent fading of interior furnishings and provide privacy. But shades require cleaning and maintenance also. Keep the shade fabric clean by following these steps:
The following cleaning practices will not affect the shade fabrics’ ability to resist the growth of microorganisms.
•Clean with mild soap and water.
•If cleaners other than mild soap and water are desired, test in an inconspicuous area, prior to use.
•Avoid strong cleaners and disinfectants, especially those containing quaternary ammonium compounds and phenols.
•Rinse thoroughly after cleaning.
The fabrics should be regularly dusted/vacuumed as appropriate. If commercial spot cleaners are used, they must first be tested and allowed to dry on an inconspicuous area to ensure compatibility.
Fabrics with a metallized coating are fragile and must be handled with care to avoid damage. Do not scrub. Do not use tape, solvents or abrasive cleaners which could damage the fabric coating.
Clean with a damp soft cloth using a mild detergent. Rinse with clean water and allow the shade to dry in the down position.
Paint solvents will damage the vinyl surface of any fabric and should not be used.
To add cleanliness protection to your window treatment shading system - and to your living or work space –ask for a shade fabric with antimicrobial protection that can be incorporated into the shade system during the manufacturing process. This technology, which is built in and cannot wash off or wear away, provides an inhospitable environment for stain-causing bacteria. It will help keep the shade system cleaner and fight the damaging effects of microbes that can shorten the life of a window shade or adversely affect the window treatment’s performance.
Phifer’s SheerWeave® brand is the only available interior window shade fabric with exclusive Microban antimicrobial protection to inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause stains, odors and degrade the fabric.
Natural light can enhance the function of any room with proper sun management. Phifer’s SheerWeave® interior window shade fabrics are designed to provide high performing solutions to the sun’s harsh rays. The broad range of sun control fabrics reduce solar heat gain, protect against damaging UV rays and improve the comfort of any interior space. Suitable for home, commercial, hospitality, healthcare or education window treatments, SheerWeave fabrics are the perfect complement to any décor when specified for use in roller shades, solar shades or vertical blinds systems.
Phifer Incorporated is the only Made in the U.S.A. manufacturer of fiberglass, aluminum and polyester insect screening. Other Phifer sun shading and window screening products with exclusive Microban ® built-in antimicrobial technology include:
SunTex® exterior sun shading mesh which blocks up to 95% of the sun’s UV rays
Phifertex® designed fabrics for outdoor furniture applications
PetScreen® pet resistant screening mesh
TuffScreen® heavy duty screening for high traffic areas