Even Your Roman Window Shades need Cleaning

how to clean roman shades

No matter how clean you keep your house, certain things are bound to get dirty. Lampshades, couches, shelves and even your window treatments will eventually show their age in cleanliness.

Dust, other debris in the air, pets and other contaminants can collect on surfaces of your home and can sometimes be a little more difficult of a process to clean if they’re fabric. If you or a family member suffers from allergies, cleaning your home more frequently can help cut down on the allergens in your home and improve the air quality.

When it comes to your window treatments, mini blinds and vertical blinds are much easier to clean than roman shades, which are often made from fabric. But don’t worry, we’re here to provide you with a step-by-step guide on the best way for you to clean your roman shades with as little difficulty as possible.


Vacuuming for best results should be done on a weekly basis. This will prevent a buildup of dust and other airborne debris from building up and potentially setting in and staining your shades. Use the brush attachment for your vacuum and clean the shades in downward strokes to achieve the best look.

By making this part of your weekly cleaning routine, you can help prevent a lot of dirtiness over the course of your shades’ lives.  


If your roman shades have decorative edges, quilting or embroidery, vacuuming is not recommended because this may cause damage to them. The best way to remove surface dust and debris is to dust them weekly, just like vacuuming.

Spraying your feather duster or static-feather duster with a dust repellent can be a big help in preventing dust from clinging. Since these types of shades are more delicate and require special care it is also suggested that you spray weekly with fabric freshener and apply upholstery cleaner when needed.

Also, using a stain repellent can be very helpful in preventing any major accidents from ruining your shades.

Remove Stains Immediately

If an accident does happen (likely with kids and/or pets) and the stain is non-greasy on washable fabric, you can immediately treat the spot to reduce the lingering stain. Use club soda or specialty stain pens to treat the spot and lift the stain from the fabric. For greasy or oily substances, it is best to use a spray stain remover instead to avoid rubbing in the stain further.

Wash and Dry

If your shades are made from washable fabrics and do not contain any decorative features, you can wash and dry them by machine as necessary. Leave the strings and remove the dowels and follow washing instructions for fabric type. Be careful to follow drying instructions carefully because fabrics that are prone to shrinking can leave you with a smaller shade after that does not cover your window.

Seek Professional Cleaning

If you have more delicate shades or decorative accents, you should seek professional cleaning from a dry cleaning service. Silk, wool, linen or fiberglass-blend roman shades are common types that require special care. Be sure to point on stains so that they can be properly treated during cleaning.

Cleaning your roman shades is a very straightforward, simple process and when frequently done can really prolong the life of them. Eventually, you will reach the point where either your shades wear out or it becomes time for a design change and when this time comes, we would love to help you.

At Next Design, we specialize in draperies, shades and upholstery and strive to provide our customers with the best selection on the market today. We proudly serve the greater Miami area and our showroom is located in North Miami. Visit us today at https://nextdesign.us/#Contact-us and let us help you with your window treatment needs.

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