Can cellular fabric shades be cleaned?

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Over the winter our vacation house had a furnace malfunction, what I'm told is a blow back. It resulted in the whole house and its contents being covered in soot. I've been painfully washing everything that we could save and since the fabric cellular shades are expensive, I wanted to try to save them as well. Does anyone out there know if how to clean blinds made of fabric? Thanks S.A.N.


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  • Swan Road Designs Swan Road Designs on Aug 10, 2015
    You might want to contact the manufacturer of the shades, if you know it. Many times the maker's name is on a label on the weighted bottom rail or somewhere on the headrail. You might have to remove the blinds from the brackets to inspect the headrail. That's really no big deal. The makers that come to mind are Kirsh, Levelor, Graber. There are more but you probably recognize these names. Go online to your manufacturer and see if there is a "contact us" email or toll-free phone number. Then, you can explain your dilemma and see what they say. Initially, I wouldn't try to clean them myself for fear of imbedding the soot in the synthetic fabric of the blinds, I'd check with the company first for advice.

  • SMB SMB on Aug 10, 2015
    I have Graber cellular shades that I soak in the bathtub with a little bit of laundry detergent. I then take them outside and rinse well with the hose and hang to dry. They are 20 years old now and still look great.

    • Sharon Sharon on Aug 10, 2015
      @SMB Thanks so much for all the replies. I think that after reading many members ideas that I will bravely try the washing in the bathtub method. After all they cannot be used the way they are so whats to lose. I really appreciate all the responses.Thanks to all

  • Nancy Bowen Nancy Bowen on Aug 10, 2015
    Use bathtub with mild laundry detergent. Swish subs around the shade. Rinse well, drain well, wrap in large towels. Lay out on large label outside.

  • JodiJeanne JodiJeanne on Aug 11, 2015
    I redecorated an RV. The cellular shades were a bit dirty and faded. Washed as stated above, let dry in the sun and used a light coat of spray paint to freshen.

  • Debora Leen Debora Leen on Aug 25, 2016
    I've used the bath tub method & it works really well. I have two cats who love looking out the windows, so they rub up against them to see out. Any dirt and oils in their fur leaves dingy marks on the shades. The vacuum doesn't get it all out over time. So once a year, in the summer I wash in the tub, then dry outside on a hot dry day.

  • Linda Gotschach Linda Gotschach on Sep 15, 2018

    I've used the bathtub method, as well. Used laundry detergent as well as vinegar, with success.

    However, if my cellular shades are really dirty, Oxyclean (or any generic version), works a treat. For some reason, the powdered oxygen-based detergents get stains out of my cellular shades, like nothing else will.

  • Ari Rosenthal Ari Rosenthal on Dec 07, 2020

    I've used the bathtub method and it made no difference. Here is a photo of the white vs. the staining. I have no idea where this staining came from.

  • Betsy Betsy on Dec 07, 2020

    Hi Sharon: Will your insurance pay for replacements? I'd check with them, a no is better than a missed yes :) I found this for you:


    "General directions : Soot particles can be very fine and you may cause further damage by trying to brush them away. Instead, use the nozzle attachment of the vacuum cleaner to pick up the residue." I'm guessing they are saying NOT to use that little brush thing, but the thing you use to clean in corners.


    Good luck