Day and night shades can be a nice addition to your used RV. Pleated ones are easy to use, have a long lifespan, and they look great too. But, like everything else in your motor home, these shades need care (maintenance) once in a while. Do not worry! There is no need for you to bring in a cavalry of professionals to take care of this. You can take care of the monthly clean up yourself. To make things easier for you, here we have a few suggestions.
First things first. You need to know the tools of your trade if you want to clean up the pleated shades easily. Here is a list of stuff you really need:
Get the shades off the windows first. You can use the carpet vacuum for this job, but keep the suction low to protect the material of the shade from ripping off. Put the shades flat on the surface and use the vacuum to get the lose debris and dust off the material. Then get it ready for water treatment.
If you have a pot or a bathtub to put hot water, then use it and soak the pleated shades in it. Or just use a spaying bottle to put hot water on the stains. Use a small brush to clean the stain.
In most cases, hot water and brush combo gets the job done. But, if it doesn’t in your case, you can use soap with hot water and then use the brush to get the stain off. Then rinse it carefully to clean the soap from the fabric before hanging them.
If your shade stain proves to be too strong to be cleaned with soap, then it is OxiClean time. You can use OxiClean, hot water, and brush combo to rub off the stain. Wait a few minutes or so after applying the OxiClean mixed water on the shades, and then keep brushing till the original color of the shades comes out. Then clean it, and hang it to dry.
Keeping the RV day and night shades clean can save you from cleaning them frequently. All you need to keep the shades away from dust and stains is presence of mind and microfiber cleaning cloth. Keeping your windows closed in dusty areas and putting food away from the shades can help you keep the shades clean. If it gets dusty or if you spill something on them anyway, use microfiber cloth to clean up the mess immediately. This practice will help you keep the shades clean for long.
So, you see! It is fairly easy to keep you RV day and night shades clean. With so many options and choices around, life in RV is starting to look quite easy and fascinating, right?