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What happens during the free in-home consultation?

  1. Walk-through

It’s important for us to get a sense of your space. We want to personalize your window treatments so it works for you. Every single room has different needs and we account for that with our recommendations. For example, is it a bedroom, a living room or a kitchen sink window? Where do you get the most sun? Is insulation an issue? Do you have glare on your TV or computer screen? Do you want to automate your shades? Determining the answers to these questions will help us present you choices that make sense for your lifestyle.

2. Measurements

Depending on the type of window covering chosen, different measurements are required. There is no such thing as a “standard” sized window. We typically take 3 width and 3 height measurements per window. We consider your trim, your window depth, and the placement of latches and cranks for your windows. We also consider the other windows around each window. Do we need to align your treatments? Do you have an open concept area or is the window by itself? When you control your shades, are there any obstructions in the way? We take pride in our measurements and that’s what makes them custom!

3. Design Consultation

This is where the fun begins! We are a mobile blinds shop! We can show you many different options for your windows, going over different fabrics, colours and styles. We consider the vibe of your design aesthetic so that not only are your window coverings functional, they also look fantastic. We carry all our sample books with us so you have infinite selection (some might say, too much selection!). However, we are well-versed finding the right style for you and we can help you make decisions.

4. Quotation

Based on everything you pick, we provide an immediate quote. We prefer to give you a breakdown of the cost of every single window and option, as opposed to an overall price. The installation cost is also provided. We are very transparent to the costs involved because at the end of the day, window coverings can get expensive! They are custom-made, after all. We like to think that with us, you get the most bang for your buck and that’s why we only carry manufacturers with a solid track record in the window covering industry. As for us, our reviews speak volumes of our satisfied clientele.

If you’re convinced, give us a call today and book your FREE consultation!

Types of Kitchen Window Coverings

Window coverings for each room in the home have their own special needs and requirements. Some require window coverings that allow light in or keep light out. Some needs are for privacy, insulation or aesthetics. Over the next few months, we will deal with our recommendations for each room of the home per month and things to consider when picking window coverings.

As it is January and with most of us home, many will be spending lots of time in the kitchen; whether baking tasty treats or preparing hearty meals for the family. Thus, I will be dealing with the kitchen window coverings for this month.

The biggest issue with having any type of covering in the kitchen is knowing there will be steam, splattering grease or just the odd spill. You can knock over that jar of tomato sauce that was on the counter. Choosing a window covering that is easy to clean is of the utmost importance. You also want to find something that will allow light into the room and allow you a view to the outside. This can make menial tasks such as clearing a table or washing dishes more pleasant. 

Cleaning is a big issue in the kitchen and your window coverings should be easily maintained. You want to find something that won’t absorb liquids, splatters, and grease. A great option would be PVC shutters. They are durable, sleek, fashionable, and easy to clean. As the surface is solid and non-porous, they can be cleaned quite easily. Usually a little warm soapy water and a  clean cloth should work wonders. I would suggest dusting on a regular basis, with a microfibre cloth, as it can build with each layer of grease on the louvres.  Shutters will also allow you to control the amount of light entering the kitchen by opening and closing the louvers or each panel themselves.

Another good choice is faux wood horizontal blinds. For many of the same reasons you would choose PVC shutters, faux wood blinds are an inexpensive option. They are one of the easier coverings to clean. Though they’re not as sturdy as shutters, they do allow flexibility in regards to controlling light. They can also be removed if a more thorough clean is needed. An advantage to choosing faux wood is there is a larger colour and texture variety to choose from, whereas PVC shutters are usually offered in white or cream only. Also, the blinds can be lifted up to reveal the full view of your windows.

The final choice would be solar shades. This type of window covering is best described as those shades that you see in a restaurant or commercial setting. These shades are durable, easy to clean and available in many more colours, designs and variations. The one concern for these shades pertains to the amount of light that they filter out. There are varying degrees of light filtering with these shades, which is dependant on the size of perforations in the fabric. Larger perforations will allow more light, and vision through to the outside , but that will also allow less privacy at night once it becomes dark outside.

If considering the Silhouette type of covering, cleaning is not as straight-forward. Each manufacturer has a different name for this type of covering but they are essentially the same thing. Though they are undoubtedly beautiful, elegant and delicate, they are fabric-based and much harder to clean. Having this type of window covering in your kitchen would look great, provide privacy and light but the fabric would be much more absorbent to stains and spills. Dust and dirt would also get trapped in the louvers if left open. Again warm soapy water would work if cleaning of the issue happens immediately, but be sure to use a cloth that is clean and of similar color to your shade. Color transfer is not something you want to have happen. Removing your shades and soaking them is also possible but be sure to hang them in the open position to prevent uneven drying and wrinkling.

I hope this helps to clear up which window covering is best for use in the kitchen. Keeping in mind that the kitchen does provide an opportunity for spills and splatters and build-up, you’d want to choose something that is easiest to clean. PVC shutters and faux wood blinds would be the best choices for this. Something fabric-based would be best served in other rooms.  

Expert Tips on Cleaning Window Coverings

How do I clean my blinds?


This is one of the most common questions that I am asked. As a former residential cleaner and now a window covering consultant, I have some tips to share.


Since window coverings are made of many types of material, there are several ways to clean them. This will help the window coverings look brand-new for longer.


There are two main issues you will have with any type of window covering.

#1

Dust is something that we have very little control over regardless of where or how high-in-the-sky you live.

Dust will settle on anything horizontal or that it can stick to. This includes wet or hot surfaces.

#2


Children, regardless of age, love to touch your window coverings. Your toddler may finish breakfast but ends up wearing half of it…


Or, your teenager orders pizza and opens the blinds to watch for the Uber Eats driver. Then they leave finger prints all over the blind or curtain.

I’m sure these are things you can relate to.

Here are the top cleaning tips for your type of coverings.

Shutters

The biggest issue you will have is dust. Since shutters are not perfectly vertical, dust will settle on the louvers.


Then, with the sun’s powerful rays streaming through the window, the dust can actually bake onto the louvers.


This will dull the finish of the shutters and make it difficult to remove.

Having a regular dusting routine with a duster can be the easiest way to keep your shutters clean.

Most dusters have an extendable handle which allows you to clean areas that are hard to reach .


Pro tip – For the best results, you can also use a dry microfibre cloth and wipe down each louver by hand. The cloth will hold the dust particles better than any duster.

Cleaning the louvers with a clean cloth and warm soapy water will work best, if you find the dust has baked-on your shutters. You may need to use some elbow grease to remove the baked-on the layers.

Wood or Faux Wood Blinds

The issues and cleaning process for these are the same as with shutters. Start a regular dusting routine.

Don’t forget to dust off the strings that run through all the route holes of your blinds.


With PVC vertical blinds, use a clean cloth with warm soapy water. Don’t forget to dust the horizontal track above, which is a dust magnet. With fabric vertical blinds, it is a bit more labour intensive.

Remove each vane and the weight at the bottom and soak them for a while in warm soapy water in your tub. Also agitate them a couple times while soaking.

Once you notice the dirts been removed from the blinds, drain the water, rinse off each slat and hang to dry.

If you have an outside clothes line, this would be an ideal place to hang them dry using an outside line. When the excess water has been removed, rehang your blinds and return the weights.

This will allow the vanes to dry wrinkle-free.

Roller/Solar shades

These shades are easy to clean. Use a clean cloth with warm soapy water.

This should be enough to remove any dirt or fingerprints on your shade. Be careful not to rub too hard as this could damage the fabric.

Dual Shades

These shades, while being very versatile, can be a bit tricky to clean. Use a duster to get into the stitching.

A vacuum at very low suction with a brush attachment will work very well too.

For spot cleaning, a clean cloth with warm soapy water works well. But, again, be aware of the amount of pressure you use.

Sunset Shades


These are tricky as they have a way of trapping dust, bugs and anything that floats in between the louvers. In regards to spot cleaning, a clean cloth with warm soapy water is the best way.

To get at the debris trapped inside the louvres, use a hair dryer on the cold air setting to blow out the dirt.

Cellular shades

As these shades are of a honeycomb design, they will collect a lot of dust. The best way to keep these shades dust free is to use a vacuum on low suction with a  brush attachment.

Spot clean as needed but be aware of the fabric as some do easily stain.


Pro Tip – We’re always happy to help with any of your questions so don’t hesitate to reach out!

Happy Cleaning!

Expert Tips on Cleaning Window Coverings

As a window covering consultant and a former residential cleaner, one of the more common questions that I have been asked is “How do I clean my blinds?” As different types of window coverings use different types of material to make up the covering, there are different ways to keep them clean and looking brand new for longer.

There are two main issues you will have with any type of window covering:

  1. Dust is something that we have very little control over regardless of where or how high in the sky you live. Dust will settle on anything horizontal or that it can stick to, a wet or hot surface.
  2. Children, regardless of age, love to touch your window coverings. Whether it is your toddler that has just finished their breakfast and is wearing half of it or your teenager that just ordered pizza and opens the blinds to watch for the Uber eats driver, finger prints are a main concern for your window coverings. 🙂

Here are the top cleaning tips for your type of coverings:

Shutters

The biggest issue you will have is dust. As shutters are not perfectly vertical, dust will settle on the louvers and with the sun being magnified through the window, the dust will actually bake onto the louvers. This will dull the finish of the shutters and is difficult to remove. A regular routine of dusting using a duster is easiest way to keep your shutters clean. Most dusters have an extendable handle and are adjustable, allowing you to reach those hard-to-reach areas. Pro tip: For the best results, you can also use a dry microfibre cloth and wipe down each louver by hand. The cloth will hold the dust particles more effectively than any duster. If you find the dust has baked on your shutters, then a clean cloth and warm soapy water will work to get the louvers clean. The more baked on the layers are, the more elbow grease you will need to remove it.

Wood or Faux Wood Blinds

The issues and cleaning process for these are the same as with shutters. Start a regular dusting routine and don’t forget to dust off the strings that run through all the route holes of your blinds.

With PVC vertical blinds, use a clean cloth with warm soapy water. Don’t forget to dust the horizontal track above, which is a dust magnet. With fabric vertical blinds, it is a bit more labour intensive. Remove each vane and the weight at the bottom and soak them for a while in warm soapy water in your tub. Also agitate them a couple times while soaking. Once you notice the dirt has been removed from the blinds, drain the water, rinse off each slat and hang to dry, ideally using an outside line. When the excess water has been removed, rehang your blinds and return the weights. This will allow the vanes to dry wrinkle-free.

Roller/Solar shades

These shades are relatively easy to clean. Using a clean cloth with warm soapy water should be sufficient to remove any dirt or fingerprints on your shade. Be careful not to rub too hard as this could damage the fabric.

Dual Shades

These shades, while being very versatile, can be a bit tricky to clean. Use a duster to get into the stitching. A vacuum at very low suction with a brush attachment will work very well too. For spot cleaning, a clean cloth with warm soapy water works well but, again, be aware of the amount of pressure you use.

Sunset Shades:

These are tricky as they have a way of trapping dust, bugs and anything that floats in between the louvers. In regards to spot cleaning, a clean cloth with warm soapy water is the best way. To get at the debris trapped inside the louvres, use a hair dryer on the cold air setting to blow out the dirt.

Cellular shades

As these shades are of a honeycomb design, they will collect a lot of dust. The best way to keep these shades dust free is to use a vacuum on low suction with a  brush attachment. Spot clean as needed but be aware of the fabric as some do stain easily.

Pro Tip: We’re always happy to help with any of your questions so don’t hesitate to reach out!

The Best Treatments for Patio Doors

Patio or sliding doors can be tricky. Most people want to be able to go through their doors with relative ease.

However, the main consideration of a patio door is the windows around it.

If the patio door is beside another window with its own treatment, we recommend matching so they look best aesthetically.

However, functionality wins over looks any day.

Here are our favourite recommendations for your patio door:

2-on-1 Headrail Dual Shade

2-on-1 Headrail Shades are exactly as the name implies. This shade has one big headrail with two independently controlled shades on the left and right side.  That way, if you wanted to go out to your deck, it’s easier to manage bringing up just one side as opposed to the whole thing.

Bifold Vinyl Shutters are hard-wearing, looks great, and can give some insulation. This is the best choice if you have a large dog or furry pet that can get tangled in your blinds. We prefer this over the bypass shutters because you can fold these out of the way for ease of use.

Eleganza are a mix between drapery and vertical blinds. You can tilt them for privacy and draw them to the side when you need to go through your patio door. In the meantime, they look rich and beautiful too!

Panel Tracks can also be drawn to the side. They consist of panels of fabric that can be stacked. They’re very easy to use. They use the same fabrics as a roller shade so you can use the same fabric for them and keep the consistency in your window coverings.

Vertical Cellular Shades are less well-known but are the very best insulating window covering for your patio door. They can stack to the side and comes in a variety of fabrics. They also feature one of the smallest depth profiles which are great for small spaces.

PVC Vertical Blinds can also be used for patio doors. Over time, the vanes can start falling off when the PVC cracks so vanes need to be replaced. The style aesthetic is more traditional as well. However, this is still a good cost-effective choice.

Pro tip: Take your window treatments further and just motorize them! That way, you can click a button, open your treatments and wow your guests (and yourself!).

-Carmel