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Old 07-18-2013, 08:11 PM   #1
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Window Shades

We have the night shades in our coach and would like to clean them. Is there anyone that has done this without damaging the shades. The pleating dose not look like it would survive very well.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:12 PM   #2
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I would simply vacuum them with the brush attachment.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:18 PM   #3
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That would work for the dust but the PO were smokers
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:34 AM   #4
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Take them to a dry cleaner.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:44 AM   #5
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A Friend just told me of a Ultrasonic cleaner service he found. They cleaned his home Levalors (sp) which were full of cigar smoke stains. $15 for the average kitchen size, more if bigger, less if smaller. I have no idea how common they are, but he was very pleased with the result.
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Check this for how they work.

Ultrasonic Blind Cleaning - YouTube
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We got some coffee staines on the shades in the galley an Deb cleaned it up with OxiClean. We put the shade on the picnic table and let it soak in the OxiClean solution for a while. Them rinse with the hose.

It removed some of the paint from the aluminum parts but we repainted them with an appliance spray paint.

Just try not to get the OxiClean solution on the aluminum parts and you can skip the painting part .

Depending how bad the shades are you may need to repeat the process.
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:00 AM   #8
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I laid mine out on to a flat surface (picnic table) and used a degreaser (spray 9) to clean.

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Old 08-15-2013, 09:23 PM   #9
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Had a real problem with the day/night shades in my Airstream Classic trailer. We had trvelled some dusty hiways up in the Yukon and NWT. The Dempster Hiway to be axact. 900 miles of dust. With the humidity the dust just caked on the blinds and vacuuming them didn't work. Talked to A/S tech support and they referred me to the manufacturer who said they did not recommend cleaning them other than vacuuming because the pleats would be removed. Put a query on one of the forums and someone recommended using Ivory Snow in warm water in a bathtub. So I tried it. let them soak for a couple of hours and then rinsed with cold water. Put them on a table to dry with 1 by 2 pieces of wood under them. Make sure the pleats are spread out. so the air can get at all the material. Took about 2 days to dry. But they were clean and the pleats did not come out. I quess they were about 95 to 98 % of what they were when new. This was in 2006 and looked as good when I sold the trailer this spring.
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I would certainly use woodytwo's method if I need to clean mine, and have also had good luck with Ivory Snow.

Having just restrung my biggest D/N shade (64", just behind driver) I would have one recommendation if removing the shades to wash: use a marker to make a mark on each string at a set point near the bottom, so that all the marks are a known and similar distance from the tensioners on the very bottom. The reason I say this is that when tensioning you have no idea where the top spring is, and it's too easy to pull that spring completely over to one side, as I did. When tensioning tighten the tensioners a little at a time until your marks are back where they are supposed to be.

Another tip is that you do not need to remove the oak surround..... I did on mine and it was half the hassle of the whole job getting the ##### back on again. With a long thin screwdriver you just need to sidle up in each top corner where a philips screw holds up each end of the top blind rail, even on the 64" one there are only 2 screws. Difficult not to nick the thin day material in doing it, but any hole you make is invisible from anywhere outside the shade.

A final tip if you ever have to restring, is to make all your strings as exactly the same length as you can on a given shade..... when you are putting it all together and pulling the strings taut, if there's a difference in length between them you have gone wrong, as they should all end up exactly the same length as each other at the end.
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