How to Clean Window Blinds

Cleaning your window blinds is important if you want to avoid dust build-up.  The UV rays of the sun can cause the dust on your blinds or shades to harden, making them really exhausting to clean.  Say goodbye to dust with these helpful techniques:

Wood Blinds: One thing to always remember with wood blinds is to NOT use water! It can cause your wood blinds to warp or discolor, and that is never fun. Take a clean dust cloth and wipe the dust off the slats for maintenance. If you want a really good clean, vacuum the blinds with soft bristle brush attachment on each side of the slats regularly to suck away dirt.

Pleated Shades: A dry sponge will be your best friend with these.  You can find one at a hardware store’s drywall section. It lifts away dust and dirt without using any chemicals that can stain your shades. Simply rub the dry sponge on the shades! It’s that easy. If the shades are too dirty, then a trip to the dry cleaners will do the trick.

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Aluminum Blinds: Take a lint-free towel and spray some all-purpose cleaner on it.  Make sure the curved side of the blinds are facing towards you and gently wipe downwards so you do not bend them. Reverse and do the same. For maintenance, simply dust the blinds with a lint-free towel.  If you do not have a lint-free towel, a sock will do a great job, too.

 

Cellular Shades: Most cellular shades do not require much cleaning, but a vacuum once in a while prevents dust build-up. If you need a better clean, use the dry sponge like the pleated shades.

These few extra steps will save you time and hassle in the long run.  Try including these techniques into your cleaning routine and let us know how much they have helped you.

Home Office Design Ideas

People spend on average 40 hours a week in their home office so we decided to feature our top 5 home office design ideas to help spruce up your space! Your office may either be small and generic cubicles, or a bland and boring room. Why bring that boring atmosphere home with you? With our 5 home office design ideas, your home will be a pleasant place to enjoy.  In order to have a lovely and functional office, consider these characteristics before designing:

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Storage: Storage is key to keeping a clean workspace. No one wants to walk into their home office, and see piles of paper and folders all over their desk.  It almost scares you away! Custom cabinets are a great solution to storing your office supplies, files, and equipment. It gives you flexibility to create exactly what you need in the space. Check out KraftMaid.com to get some ideas and find a retailer near you.

If you can’t build cabinets because you are thinking of moving out soon, or you are renting, then another option would be a modular bookcase with some nice storage boxes or baskets.

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Organization: Now that you have storage figured out, you have to think about how to effectively organize everything to get the ultimate use out of your space.  Think about it this way; when you grab your clothes and throw them in a box, it takes up a lot of space.  Now try folding those same clothes and put them back in the box and you’ll see that they will take up almost half the space. The Container Store is a good place to find anything you need.  When you are organized, you know exactly where everything is, saving you time and stress.

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Lighting: Improve your productivity by improving the lighting in your office; preferably with sunlight. Try arranging your desk to face the window. When a room is dark, your inner clock registers it as time to start getting ready for bed, so you find yourself yawning more and feeling tired.  When a room is bright, you feel awake and energized because your mind thinks it is morning.

If you want sunlight without it affecting your room temperature, consider looking at BlindsOnTime’s cellular shades. They not only filter light, but they insulate your room as well.   Another option would be their wood blinds for optimum light control.

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Color : Just like the lighting in a room affects your productivity, so does your color choices. Warm colors (reds, yellows, and oranges) make you invigorated and detail oriented, while cool colors (blues, greens, and purples) soothe and calm you. If you need something in between, any neutral color will make you feel comfortable and ready for work.

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Space Planning: If you have a small home, you need to make most of “dead space.” Dead spaces are areas of your home that aren’t being used such as under stairs, or empty closets. Open a closet, put a small desk with some storage next to it and voila! Another great option for small spaces would be buying an office armoire.  Just close the doors and no one will know.

Combine all of these qualities and you will have a happy and productive workspace. You can also try adding some of these qualities to your own office or cubicle at work and share these tips with your co-workers.

Benefits of Cellular Shades

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Typically when you buy honeycomb or cellular shades for your windows, you don’t think about the benefits of the shades and what it can do for you and your home. Surprisingly, there are many benefits of cellular shades, despite their thin fabric. Here are a few things cellular shades can do for you:

Insulation: The space between the fabrics is so it can insulate your home from harsh climates. If you are looking for more than just standard insulation, double-celled shades will do the trick. Not only will it help your home feel cooler during a scorcher, but it will also help your home stay warm when the winter season rolls in.

Reduce Energy Costs: Oh yeah. Their insulating properties help your home keep a stable temperature making your air conditioning units or heaters work less, which means more money in your pocket!

Filter and Block UV Rays: UV rays are damaging to the photos, art, and furniture in your home.  Just like you protect your skin with sunblock, you need to protect your rooms with honeycomb shades.  They offer a variety of filtering intensity so you need a lot of sunlight, or you need to block sunlight, these will do the trick.

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Privacy: The versatile movement of these shades allows for different degrees of privacy.  During the day, you can have the shades fully opened.  Mid-day you can place them half way up so people cannot see inside your home, but light can still shine through, and at night, you can keep your shades fully closed for ultimate privacy.

Safety: If you have kids or pets, you can have the option to buy cordless honeycomb shades.  This prevents your child or your pet from getting tangled in the cord when your shades are fully opened. If you buy some of Blinds On Time’s Honeycomb Shades right now, you will get a free upgrade to cordless. Yay for bonus benefits!

Aesthetics: Color choices are a must for interiors, and these shades do not disappoint. They offer a wide variety of colors from dark colors to pastel, and patterns.  The choices are abundant. Cordless shades allow for a sleeker look as well.

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Now that you’ve learned more about honeycomb shades, check out Blinds On Time’s selection of Cellular Shades and insulate, save, protect, and decorate your home!

Tips To Reduce Carbon Footprint: Kitchen Edition

Not all of us are energy efficient savvy, many of us can’t afford solar panels or hybrid cars, so that’s why we’ve developed some tips to reduce carbon footprint. We have ways to make your daily life more eco-friendly, especially in the kitchen. There’s plenty of ways to reduce your carbon footprint, without emptying your pockets. In this series, BlindsOnTime.com will give you personal tips on how to become more energy efficient, and make your home a bit more green.

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Reduce Carbon Footprint: Your Kitchen

  • Get rid of water bottles. Bottled water has a huge carbon footprint. Try buying reusable water bottles, and using water-filtering devices instead of continuously buying water bottles. And, if you must use water bottles, recycle!
  • Close your windows properly, and make sure your attic is properly insulated. This will help you save a lot of money on your energy bill.
  • Use florescent light bulbs. They use about 75% less energy than normal light bulbs, and last longer. You may find that florescent lights are more expensive, but over time they pay for themselves because they use less energy and last longer.
  • Buy local. When your food has to travel less to enter your home, it reduces your carbon footprint.
  • Unplug. Try using power strips for groups of electronic items. Unplug appliances you’re not using, like a microwave toaster, or blender.

Reduce Carbon Footprint: Kitchen Window Coverings

Have windows in your kitchen? Choose from BlindsOnTime.com’s most energy efficient products like honeycomb shades or roller shades. Without energy-efficient window treatments, up to 50% of a home’s heating & cooling energy can be lost through your windows. The honeycomb shades provide window insulation, keeping the heat in during the winter, and keeping the sun’s harsh heat out in the summer. Finally, our light-filtering honeycomb shades diffuse light across any room to make it less necessary to turn on electrical lighting!

Inspiring Interiors: Summer Lovin’

I’m really  getting a lot of inspiration while browsing through Pinterest today. Here are some of my picks!

These woven woods give this room a cultural and rustic look. Paired with a couple of tribal pillows and an awesome mirror, this room definitely shows an eclectic personality. Check out our BlindsOnTime.com woven woods here!

Gingham Draperies. Stunning. I absolutely love this crisp Parisian pleated drapery choice. It gives the room a fresh look, accompanied by the English-style accessories and greenery. Check out our fabric selection, and our Parisian Pleated Draperies here.

Groovy font on the wall, and yellow bar stools…enough said.

Earthy off-white roller shade screens. An energy efficient, yet chic choice for this contemporary, yet warm dining room. Check out our BlindsOnTime.com Roller Shade selection here.

Get inspired.