Regular cleaning of cellular and/ or pleated shades is important yet easy maintenance that keeps shades looking new long after purchase. If the shade becomes soiled with topical dirt (i.e. dirt that is resting on the surface of fabric), we recommend that the shade be spot-cleaned using a soft cloth or sponge, a mild detergent and warm water. Immediately wipe the area with a clean, damp sponge (back and forth gently in the direction parallel to the pleats in the fabric) until the stains are removed. If necessary, the entire shade may be cleaned in this fashion. Pat with a clean, dry towel to remove excess water. Be careful not to crush or wrinkle the fabric. Frequent cleaning may remove fullness and body of the pleated fabric. Make sure shade is fully open and allow to air dry. Extra care should be used when cleaning Cellular blackout material, Midnight, as the fabric could be permanently creased. Please contact Customer Service for specific cleaning methods and detergents. Dry cleaning is not recommended and is not covered by warranty.


Cellular Shades

When dusting, vacuuming, and spot cleaning aren't enough and deeper cleaning is desired, ultrasonic or injection/extraction cleaning with professional blind cleaner is an option. Professional blind cleaners use a variety of methods to clean blinds and vary in their capabilities. While Springs Window Fashions knows that many of our window treatments can be safely cleaned using the appropriate ultrasonic or injection/extraction cleaning methods we cannot guarantee the outcome of any cleaning services provided by an independent company. For assistance in locating a certified blind cleaner that serves your area, visit or contact Customer Service.


Wood Blinds

Painted and Stained Finishes: Clean with Pledge or other spray polish and a soft cloth. Never use water.


Vertical Blinds

Vinyl vanes may be removed and immersed in water for cleaning. To eliminate static electricity, coat the vanes with a thin layer of mild detergent.


Fabric vanes should not be immersed in water or dry cleaned.

Machine-washable fabric is easy to wash, and there's no need to take down the entire blind to do so!


    Unsnap the fabric from the vanes and place in wash.

    Use the gentle cycle, warm water and Woolite® Fine Fabric Wash or other mild laundry detergent.

    Do not use chlorine bleach.

    Line dry fabric. Do not put fabric in dryer!

    If necessary, steam or iron at a low temperature before putting fabric back on vane.

    Snap fabric back onto the vinyl vanes.


With a little bit of care and maintenance, your plantation shutters will provide a lifetime of beauty and carefree operation.  Follow these guidelines to keep your shutters looking and working like new for years to come.



    Shutter Panel: complete shutter, swings open/closed on hinges

    Hang Strip/Frame: frame added to window opening on which to mount shutter

    Hinge Mortise: recess for hinge placement

    Tension Screws: used to adjust tightness of louvers

    Stile: vertical frame of shutter

    Top Rail/Bottom Rail: horizontal frame of shutter

    Louver: blade that tilts open/closed

    Tilt Rod: mechanism connecting the louvers together

    Midrail: divider that allows the top and bottom louvers to operate independently

    Staples: attach tilt rod to louvers



To clean your plantation shutters, dust regularly with a soft cloth or feather duster.  Spot clean with a damp cloth when necessary.



Never pull the shutter panels open using the tilt rod—this can pull out the staples and damage the shutter.  To swing the panels open, tilt the louvers open, grasp the panel by the stile and tug open.  Archtop shutters: archtop shutters are designed for the louvers to close in the “up” position only—never down.  Closing the louvers down on an archtop shutter will break the louvers.



If your louvers are “floppy” and will not stay open in the desired position, or if they are too tight and difficult to tilt, there is a very simple solution.  With a Phillips head screwdriver, adjust the tension screw found on both sides of the shutter panel.  A quarter turn to the right will tighten and a quarter turn to the left will loosen.  It is important to adjust the tension screws equally on both sides of the shutter.