How to Clean Pleated Shades

Window Shades

When it comes to adding a touch of elegance and functionality to the windows in your Placer and Nevada County home, pleated shades are a fantastic choice. Made in the Shade NorCal offers a variety of pleated window shade and cordless pleated shades options that not only enhance the aesthetics of your space but also offer functional benefits like light control and privacy.

Pleated Shade Sheer

If you’ve chosen these stylish and versatile window treatments for your home in Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville, Granite Bay, Loomis, Auburn, or Grass Valley, knowing how to properly clean and maintain them is key to preserving their beauty and functionality for years to come. For more information on our range of pleated shades, please visit our solar shades page, and remember, we’ll bring the showroom to you with a free in-home consultation!

Why Choose Pleated Window Blinds?

Installing pleated shades offers a crisp, clean look that works well in any window covering. Made in the Shade NorCal has a wide selection of colors and textures for their shades, including accordion blinds, ensuring you find the perfect window treatment for your space with the guidance of our design consultants. These shades are suitable for both traditional and contemporary homes.

Home automation can easily integrate features like cordless lift systems and motor options, enhancing safety and convenience in your window treatments, allowing you to enjoy both style and functionality effortlessly.

The Importance of Regular Cleaning

Regular cleaning not only keeps your pleated shades looking great but also extends their life and performance. Dust and airborne particles can accumulate on the fabric, leading to dullness and potential fabric damage over time. Fortunately, cleaning your pleated window shades is easier than you might think.

Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Pleated Shades

1. Dust Regularly

To maintain your pleated shades, including those with a lift option, regularly dust them. Utilize a feather duster, a soft cloth, or even a handheld vacuum with a brush attachment set to low suction to gently remove dust and debris.

2. Spot Cleaning

When dealing with localized stains on your blind or shade, such as cellular shades and room darkening liner, opt for spot cleaning to maintain light control and preserve the top-down bottom-up functionality. Employ a clean, damp cloth with a mild detergent, gently dabbing the stain instead of rubbing it to avoid fabric damage.

3. Deep Cleaning

For a thorough cleaning, especially if you haven’t cleaned the curtains in a while, use a vacuum with an upholstery attachment. This will help remove dust and debris from the fabric. The designers created the special attachment to efficiently clean upholstery, including curtains.

Vacuuming regularly can keep the curtains looking fresh and extend their lifespan. For deeper stains or comprehensive seasonal cleaning, it’s advisable to consult professional cleaners who specialize in window treatments.

4. Handling Pleated Lamp Shades

Similar to window shades, you can dust and spot clean pleated lamp shades in the same manner. Ensure to handle them gently to avoid crimping the pleats.


Keeping your pleated shades clean is important to maintain their beauty and functionality in your home. With the right care, your shades will remain a stunning part of your home’s décor for many years.

To update your current window shades or get new ones, Made in the Shade NorCal can assist you. Please remember to consider our services.

We are here to assist you with your window shade needs. We provide expert measuring, installation services, and a variety of products, such as cordless and motorized pleated window shades. Don’t hesitate to call us at 916-300-4306 or visit us for a free in-home consultation—we’ll bring the showroom to you!

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