Master the Art of Cleaning Cellular Window Shades: The Ultimate Guide


At Made in the Shade Des Moines & Ames, we understand that maintaining the beauty and functionality of your window treatments is essential. Cellular shades are a popular choice for their energy efficiency and elegant look, but like all window coverings, they need proper care to keep them looking their best. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the best methods for cleaning your cellular shades so they remain as beautiful as the day they were installed. If you have any questions or need assistance, remember, we’ll bring the showroom to you! Request a Free In-Home Consultation today.


Why Choose Cellular Shades?

Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, are designed to provide superior insulation and light control. Their unique structure traps air, helping to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Available in various colors and opacities, cellular shades can complement any décor. Whether you need light-filtering or blackout cellular shades, these window treatments offer both style and functionality.

Routine Maintenance for Cellular Shades

Regular maintenance can prevent dirt and dust buildup on your cellular shades. Here are some simple steps to keep them clean:

  1. Dusting: Use a feather duster or a microfiber cloth to gently dust your shades regularly. This helps remove loose dirt and prevents it from settling into the fabric.
  2. Vacuuming: For a more thorough clean, use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Set it to a low suction setting and run it over the shades to remove dust and debris. Be sure to support the shades with one hand to avoid damaging the fabric.
  3. Spot Cleaning: If you notice any stains or spots, use a mild detergent mixed with warm water. Dampen a clean cloth with the solution and gently blot the stained area. Avoid rubbing, as this can spread the stain and damage the fabric. Once clean, blot the area with a dry cloth to remove excess moisture.

Deep Cleaning Cellular Shades

For more intensive cleaning, follow these steps:

  1. Removing the Shades: Carefully remove the cellular shades from the window following the manufacturer’s instructions. This usually involves detaching the shades from the mounting brackets.
  2. Soaking: Fill a bathtub or large basin with lukewarm water and a small amount of mild detergent. Immerse the shades in the water and let them soak for about 15-30 minutes.
  3. Rinsing: After soaking, gently agitate the water to loosen any dirt. Then, drain the soapy water and refill the tub with clean water to rinse the shades. Repeat this process until the water runs clear.
  4. Drying: Lay the shades flat on a clean, dry towel and roll them up to remove excess water. Unroll and hang them to air dry completely before reinstalling. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can cause the fabric to fade.

Special Tips for Cleaning Cellular Shades

  • Cordless Shades: If you have cellular shades cordless, make sure to handle them gently to avoid damaging the mechanism. Follow the same cleaning steps, but be extra cautious during the removal and reinstallation process.
  • Blackout Cellular Shades: These shades often have an additional lining for complete light blockage. Ensure you don’t saturate the lining, as it can affect the shade’s performance. Spot cleaning is usually sufficient for these shades.

Professional Cleaning Services

For those who prefer professional help, Made in the Shade Des Moines & Ames offers expert cleaning services for all types of window treatments. Our team can handle even the most delicate fabrics, ensuring your cellular shades are cleaned thoroughly without any damage. Contact us at (515) 205-8066 to schedule a professional cleaning service.


Maintaining your cellular window shades doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With regular upkeep and the occasional deep clean, your shades can stay looking pristine for years. Should you need any further assistance, remember that Made in the Shade Des Moines & Ames is here to help. We’ll bring the showroom to you! Request a Free In-Home Consultation today and discover the perfect cellular shades for your home.

For more information on cellular shades and to explore our extensive range of window treatments, visit our Cellular Shades page. Ready to enhance your home’s décor? Schedule your Free In-Home Consultation now.

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