How to Clean Silhouette, Luminette, Pirouette Shades| Houston, TX

  • By Matthew Clark
  • 01 Sep, 2016

Keeping your window treatments in Houston, Texas looking like new is important, and routine cleaning can help. All of your Hunter Douglas window treatments included cleaning instructions specific to their style and material when they were shipped or installed. It is important that they be cleaned according to these instructions rather than basing it on a general type. Although Silhouette®, Luminette®, and Pirouette® window treatments are all part of the Hunter Douglas sheers and shadings line and are made of similar materials, when it comes to cleaning, they need to be treated differently.

Silhouette

Silhouette sheers consist of two panels of sheer fabric with vanes of more opaque fabric running horizontally in between. While they appear light and potentially fragile, they actually hold up to a variety of cleaning methods you can do right in your home.


As with most window treatments, regular dusting is the best way to keep this type of sheer clean. Avoid harsh bristles that may snag the fabric and steer clear of dusting sprays designed for hard surfaces. A great option for removing dust on the vanes between the sheer panels is using a hair dryer on a cool setting or a can of compressed air. Do NOT spot-clean your Silhouettes. For professional cleaning, consider injection and extraction, where cleaner is sprayed on the fabric and immediately extracted. This method can be done right in your home, eliminating the need to take down the shades and reinstall them.

Pirouette

Pirouette shades have only one sheer panel with horizontal loops of opaque fabric that can be opened for more shade or privacy. Dusting ranks number one as the easiest and most cost-effective cleaning method for these sheers. Vacuuming with a handheld brush is another great option. Unlike Silhouette, Pirouettes should NOT be cleaned with a hair dryer or compressed air, but they can be spot-cleaned. Most fabrics used in Pirouette shades are safe to clean using injection and extraction, and some even tolerate ultrasonic cleaning.

Luminette

Luminette sheers are similar to Silhouettes in design, but the vanes run vertically instead of horizontally, making them perfect for sliding glass doors and wide windows. Their preferred cleaning methods, however, are more similar to Pirouette shades. Dusting, vacuuming, and spot-cleaning are all safe on these window treatments, but blowing with a hair dryer or compressed air is NOT recommended. Ultrasonic cleaning works well on Luminettes as long as the company has specific knowledge and experience with them and they have cleaning tubs long enough to accommodate the shades without bending the vanes. If you prefer to have them professionally cleaned without them leaving your sight, they can be cleaned in your home with injection and extraction and never have to be taken off the walls. Just be sure the sheers are kept closed until they dry completely.

 

If you need more specific information on how to clean your sheers or a recommendation for a professional cleaner in the Houston area, contact Window Magic Blinds & Drapery, Inc . Our experts will be happy to help you refresh your current window treatments or help you select some new ones.

By Window Magic Blinds & Drapery Inc. 23 Jun, 2017

Hunter Douglas window coverings do more than just cover a window. They provide light control and privacy as well as keep out the Houston, Texas heat. Your Hunter Douglas dealer Window Magic Blinds and Drapery Inc also offer a large variety of shades and blinds to help you find the best choice for your home enhancement. There are so many possibilities to keep the heat out. When correctly installed, window shades are one of the simplest and most effective ways to save energy in your home. Hunter Douglas Blinds will not only keep the heat out but will be a beautiful addition to our home.

We offer five different styles of Honeycomb shades. Pleated shades are available in a very wide range of colors to help you make a bold statement or to make certain areas in your home pop. Applause honeycomb shades are made with a triple cell construction, making them very energy efficient. Duette Architella offers the largest selection of fabrics and colors. They are known for their honeycomb within a honeycomb design. Modern roman shades are another fine selection to keep the heat out. We offer roman shades with six different operating systems to choose from. Roman shades are the best type of shade for insulation to keep the heat out.   There are four styles of roller and screen shades available to give your home a more traditional look. If you want your home to have a more natural feel you may want to go with woven wood shades. Any room in your home would look uniquely stylish with beautifully made bamboo and natural wood shades.

There are two main types of blinds we have made available to you. Horizontal blinds run sideways and are ideal for larger narrow widows. Vertical blinds run up and down and are great for sliding glass doors. These shades provide powerful light control and are one of the easiest window treatments to maintain. Both vertical and horizontal blinds are available in a wide selection of colors and style options as well as many different materials. We want to allow you to show your personality with many different style possibilities and be able to choose blinds that best fit your family’s needs.

As well as color and material we also offer the option of motorized window treatments. With motorized window treatments adjusting your hard to reach window coverings is as stress-free as pushing a button from a remote, or even an app on your smartphone. You also have the option to program your window coverings to your own specific needs, or coordinate them with the sunrise and sunset. Motorized window coverings are not as dangerous as standard blinds could be for children and pets because they are cordless.

At Window Magic Blinds and Drapery Inc we are family owned and operated, have three decades of experience and give you a lifetime guarantee. We proudly service the greater Houston area and want to help you beat the heat. Let us help you enhance your home with stunning shades that will keep the Houston, Texas heat out.

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By Window Magic Blinds & Drapery Inc. 01 Feb, 2017

Transforming any space can be as easy as installing new window treatments. Interestingly, this can be quite a daunting task with more options than ever before available. The unsung hero of interior design, window treatments, can be bright and cheerful, or dark and mysterious. From fun to formal, almost all window treatments can come in a motorized option. Before you make a selection make sure you consider the following: color, fabric, mounting, size and shape of window. No matter the choice the transformation is sure to make a lasting impression.

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By Matthew Clark 01 Sep, 2016

Keeping your window treatments in Houston, Texas looking like new is important, and routine cleaning can help. All of your Hunter Douglas window treatments included cleaning instructions specific to their style and material when they were shipped or installed. It is important that they be cleaned according to these instructions rather than basing it on a general type. Although Silhouette®, Luminette®, and Pirouette® window treatments are all part of the Hunter Douglas sheers and shadings line and are made of similar materials, when it comes to cleaning, they need to be treated differently.

By Matthew Clark 26 Jul, 2016

Choosing your window treatment is one of the most important home décor decisions you will make. The color alone can set the stage for your personal style and create an ambiance that reflects you and your home better than anything else. Here are 5 tips for choosing the color of your window treatments in Houston Texas :

  1. Going Neutral Or Adding Color
  2. Choosing The Right Material For Your Decor
  3. Pattern or Solid
  4. Matching Your Accessories
  5. Creating A Cohesive Look


Going Neutral Or Adding Color

Your choice of color will either cause people to focus on your window treatments or focus elsewhere. When choosing a color for your window treatments, you need to consider what the purpose of the color will be. Do you want to draw attention to your blinds, shades or shutters or do you want them to blend in. If you choose a popular, trendy color, will you enjoy the color a year or two down the road? Sometimes trendy colors represent the times and can become outdated. If you like a more monochromatic look, a neutral color will be a better choice. Choose a color that closely matches your wall color or is slightly darker. If you are decorating with shutters or blinds, you can also match the window frame. This gives your window treatments a built in look that is quite appealing.


Choosing The Right Material For Your Décor

Product choice and material dictates the color options you have. A faux wood shutter for example comes in fewer color choices than a Roman shade. If you are interested in playing with color, a soft window treatment like a shade or sheer is often the best choice. Hardwood blinds and shutters can be softened up a bit with a custom drapery.


Pattern Or Solid

Many of our fabrics are offered in a variety of solid colors and interesting patterns. You can choose an eye-catching pattern to create a focal point or add color to your room. Large prints typically stand out more and can provide that pop of color your looking for. Smaller prints can create not only an interest of color but can also add texture to your room. A rule of thumb when choosing patterns over solids is to consider the rest of your furnishings. If your furniture is patterned or your room appears busy, a solid color window treatment should be used. If your furniture is solid than a pattern will work nicely. Choose a solid window treatment if you’re going to add a custom drapery. Allow the drapery to carry the pattern and be the focal point.


Matching Your Accessories

Choosing a color is often easier than you realize. If you have colors in your room you like, consider matching those colors. If you’re really enjoying a particular color, you can use it on your window treatments and then add touches of the same color in your accessories. Many people, for example, choose bold colored, patterned or stripped pillows in their living room and then choose one of the colors to repeat in their window treatments.


Creating A Cohesive Look

Unless you are aiming for an eclectic style , you will want to create a cohesive look with your window treatments. Your overall room dynamics and style is defined with the window treatments and color you choose. Soft, loud or dynamic window treatments all have an effect on the tone of the room. When it comes to color choice, make sure the color you choose speaks the way you want it to and enhances the overall theme or design of your room.


Choosing The Right Color Window Treatments in Houston Texas

Choosing the right color for your window treatments is a delicate task that requires knowledge of what you like and what works well together. Our design staff at Window Magic Blinds and Drapery can help you create a winning look in your home. With a convenient showroom in Houston Texas as well as mobile showrooms in both the Woodland area and Central Houston, you will find our team can help turn your ideas into reality. Contact us today to schedule a free in-home consultation. 
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