This guest blog is written by Michelle
When you invest money in a product for your home, such as shades, you want to know that they will last for years and maintain their original color and shape. We already offer a 10 year warranty, so the durability of the operating mechanisms is covered, but keeping the shades clean is up to the customer. The two living spaces that are most susceptible to dirt and stains are the kitchen and bathroom. A recent fabric question on Houzz got me thinking. How would our shade fabrics stand up to stains and spills? What can our customers do to keep their shades in like new condition?
Although the shade fabric is dust repellent and can be vacuumed, I wondered if using a repellent spray would help prevent any stains or splatters. Light filtering fabrics can be washed in a tub, as mentioned in our FAQ. I ventured to the store and got a can of Fabric & Upholstery Protector by Scotchgard and started my experiment.
Note: this experiment is not endorsed or sponsored by Scotchgard. All fabric protectors may work differently, I stuck with a name brand so customers may replicate my results in the future.
I am testing a light filtering shade that will be installed in a window here in our facility. I have also sprayed a piece of the Black Out fabric since it normally should not be exposed to moisture and might benefit the most from a repellent spray.
For the light filtering shade we want to see if the Scotchgard degrades or discolors the fabric over time. I will also spray the shade with water to see how well it repels water in a week, 6 months and 12 months. I have applied 2 coats of Scotchgard to the front and back of the shade (following the directions on the can) and will install it tomorrow. You can see the shade at right. It is made of 116 Cadenza Double Cell Light Filtering fabric with Smoothy Top Down Bottom Up lift (and special order Bronze hardware).
For the black out material, I am going to see how the Scotchgard spray repels the water spray as well. I have just sprayed a scrap piece for this particular test. I applied the same 2 coats as the light filtering shade.
I’ll update you all in a week!
Is “Home Decor” the gift that keeps on giving?
I found myself contemplating this question as I drove into work today. I’m not a lover of crowded stores and not much of a showroom shopper – I do, however, love to let my fingers do the walking over magazines (inspiration!!) and the computer keyboard.
With money continuing tight, we all want what’s essential and practical — what will give us “bang for buck”. And if a “bit of pleasure” pops in to say hello, that would be rather nice…
Decor is difficult. You can spend a lot of money. Sure want no buyer’s remorse when it comes to home decoration! If you’re like me, you have to live with the decision for a fairly long time.
I can think of two pieces that I bought under *such* tremendous feelings of “I WANT THAT”. The first is a wing chair, in a FAB-U-LOUS fabric (deep burgundy, in a diamond pattern) that I simply fell in love with. Ball and Claw feet in the front. The chair had a classic look that had me haunting the store after hours, because it was sitting right near the door. One evening, I stopped by while driving past: Someone was sitting in “my” chair — and their legs were hoisted in the air by a foot-rest: the Wing Chair had turned Barcalounger! Comfort as well as great looks => I had to have it.
But once I got it home… Where could I put it?
The Wing Chair is now companioned by a wonderful Jeffersonville (Vermont) antique-store find: a corner end table, with a second tier around two sides — perfect for the suede-shaded lamp from a local T.J. Maxx / HomeGoods. But the chair ended up against the wall, which means to recline while in it, you have to pull the chair out into the room! So, sometimes I’m rather of two minds about the this purchase. Great piece of furniture – but not always used.
Yet, I LOVE it! Can’t imagine the living room without it.
My other tale of a “find” that I Love-to-Hate, or maybe Hate-to-Love I’ll leave for next time.
If you have a home decor story to share, drop me a line!
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