Curtains and Blinds Cleaning Tips and Techniques

Curtains attract dust as naturally as a few drops of blood attract a shark, well this is quite gory an analogy – but you have to agree that both are highly undesirable.

Curtains are the ethereal, practical lengths of fabrics that beautifully cloak yours windows–they block out sunlight for those who can’t bear even a chink of sunlight as well as pleasantly disperse light for those who harness the early balmy light to shrug off morning laziness. Despite acclimating to all our whims and fancies and style preferences, we believe that our curtains are one of the most overlooked members of our home décor.

We know curtain cleaning doesn’t happen in a click and takes almost an entire day of taking them down, washing them, and hanging them back (sometimes there’s also the additional trouble of sewing the edges that have come undone), but you got do what you got to do. But here’s the thing –how about cleaning your curtains periodically, say once in a month than just allotting a day in like once or twice a year? (which is like the exerting equivalent of performing 108 Sun Salutations randomly on a day!)

Without much ado, let’s get down to knowing how to set up a monthly curtain cleaning ritual. Don’t balk at it already! It involves no Herculean efforts just vacuuming. For that, you need upholstery attachment to clean the curtains overall and crevice tool (comes with a narrow nozzle) to clean the pleats of the curtains). Vacuum the front and back of the curtains– especially if you got a four legged baby in the house who is most likely to graze against the curtains when leaping or general goofing around. Always remember –regular, disciplined quick cleaning means less frequent thorough cleaning!

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If your curtains smell funny–say moldy or incomprehensibly funky, then it’s time to get them out in the sun for some air drying. By that we don’t mean you to hang them in harsh sunlight – as it will be unmerciful to the color of your curtains. Look for a day when the sun isn’t shining brightly and it’s relatively dry and windy. You may want to give odor eliminators a try;however, it’s more of a temporary hack.

For heavy fabrics like velvet, chenille, heavy-weight jacquard, etc., go for steam cleaning. This is the best cleaning method for heavy curtains as it saves the time and energy of detaching them from the hardware. Ensure that you don’t wet the curtain too much.
You can clean your Roman blinds pretty much the same way –use the upholstery attachment and brush the blind from the top to the bottom. Focus your attention more on the lower end and sides of the blind as these are favorite dust spots – given their proximity to the sill and frame of the windows. In case of splotches or stains, go for a stain remover which is compatible with the fabric of the blind or you might end up having a markedly different looking patch on your blind.

Now comes the deep and thorough once in a year cleaning ritual –it’s the whole shebang. Right from removing the curtains from poles/rails, washing and drying through to putting them back in their position. The first thing you need to do is check the washing instructions properly–see if your fabric needs dry cleaning or hand wash, it’s something that you need follow strictly.

As for drying–the best way is to put them back in their place, flick on the fan or open your windows and let them dry naturally. If there are any vestiges of creases that you want to get rid of – go for a round of steam cleaning. Ah yes, one more thing – if your curtain heading has tape, make sure you secure the end with a firm knot or else, we hate to say it but your curtain heading will have come to naught.

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As for blinds, again, follow the washing label. For through cleaning–you would need to take the blind down, carefully remove the cords and horizontal rods placed inside the lining. After washing, reassemble the blind and leave them in the pulled up position so that it can it sit back to its original place.

And, that’s that folks. We hope these small tricks help you minimize your window dressing quandaries and most importantly change your perception about cleaning them in the first place!

Happy cleaning!

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The Subtle Art of Layering Your Bed

The other day we had an eager shopper at our design studio who we believe totally aced multi-tasking. She was casting quick glances on our bed vignettes, tossing a volley of questions in our direction, sipping coffee and occasionally quieting her little girl down. She wanted us to clue her into the secret of doing cozy and chic beds. Ah yes, sumptuous, layered, and perfectly-made bed – can’t tell you how tempted we feel when we cross those bedding setups at our design studios, but we have to comport ourselves and as expected from mature professionals, BEHAVE!

We get this question asked many times, so we thought we’d put it on our blog and let you all folks know how to turn your bed into a dreamy, fluffy, and cozy pod that catapults you into transports of nirvana, precisely where this adorable little floof is

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So how do you achieve the bed where you just collapse into for peaceful exhaustion? Let’s get down to the brass tacks.

The underpinning of any successful bed is the mattress. So it goes without saying that you have to invest in a good one. Swathe it in a mattress protector as it will shield your mattress from dust mite and prevent it from going south.

Have you ever considered giving a whirl to flipping your mattress? Try it and it’ll totally feel new and also enhance its longevity. Whether bottom fitted sheet (it comes with elastic edges and is pulled over the mattress) or flat sheet- it is a matter of your choice.

If you are using a flat sheet, your bed-sheet in other words – make sure you tuck it nicely and snugly under your mattress. If you want something crisp and not something that gathers unsightly at the corners, then you might want to try ‘hospital corners’ at your bed’s foot. It’s not as formidable or complicated as it sounds; it’s quite similar to wrapping a gift box. When you cover your mattress with the flat sheet, it leaves a side edge which needs to be raised up so that it forms triangular tent. You fold it neatly over the mattress, tuck the hanging fabric along the mattress, and bring down the triangular tent to the corner. You repeat the same steps for the other corner and tadaa, you’ve got your own lavish five-star bed.

Next is your bedcover, something that you drape over your bed sheet during daytime. Bedcovers protect your bed sheet and top off your bed. They are larger than your bed and drape well. Simple.

Coverlet is a light-weight, woven versatile bedcover (it’s basically a smaller version of bedcover; doesn’t fall all the way to the floor and only covers the mattress). You fold your comforter like the duvet during daytime. Coverlets are perfect for warm temps and can also be used to enwrap yourself when chilling on the sofa.

If you are someone who finds layering up your bed a not a very happening chore, then duvet is your best friend. Duvet is a flexible, flat fabric container carrying down or synthetic fibers. Duvet is actually the insert and is encased in a protective covering called duvet cover. During daytime, your duvet can serve as a decorative element. It looks sumptuous if you fold it in accordion pleats at the foot of the bed and let the end fall over the mattress.tulips blog 2

Now comes our favorite part – pillows! Two most important things to think carefully about – first you need to ensure that your insert is neither too big nor too small for your pillow cover but just the right size that makes it look plush and plump.
Second thing to keep in mind is the number of pillows you use to layer. Your bed shouldn’t look as if it’s drowned in them nor should it look as if it’s wanting of them. We suggest two Euro shams, two pillows, and one or two accents pillows. If you want to add a scintilla of colors and patterns, then we say this is where you give free rein to your imagination. You can totally shake things up periodically to refresh your bed!

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While design and style are unquestionably important when layering your bed, at no point can you be lax about comfort. For soft, light, and durable bed linen, the thread count needs to be above 200. Anything above 800 thread count will feel heavier and denser. It’s a general notion that anything with a high thread count is superior while it does matter, more than the threat count – it is the quality of the thread that makes all the difference to your bed linen.

Aaaannnnd there’s a last flourish to round off your sleep set up – a throw blanket! A nubby throw blanket placed casually at the foot of the bed gives shabby chic look; a little ‘messy’ touch that gives your bed a lived-in feel.

Cozy, unfussy, traditional, contemporary, transitional, or modern, we can assist you to create the bed of your dream, well, or let’s say a bed that is conducive to deep, peaceful dreams. Connect with us on 7875555413 and we will help you make a bespoke, collected, and elegant bed!

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Is it really possible to live with less?

What’s the fuss with ‘less is more’? Is it about bidding adieu to all the things you own (you probably slogged your guts out to purchase them) and turn your home into a blank box? That would be a radical and an unmeaning approach to living we say. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the German architect who popularized the dictum ‘less is more’, certainly wasn’t talking about emptying out spaces in the name of minimalism. Because he knew doing so would devitalize spaces and make them nondescript and lifeless. 

What he certainly meant was that spaces, when executed judiciously with sparse decoration and articles, yield maximum impact. More than subtracting, the approach gravitates towards adding and retaining things that enhance our living. Instead of going on a space-purging rampage, you focus on holding onto things that hold some meaning in your home and life.

As far as adding new things goes – let’s be honest here, it is inevitable. We need things and we got to buy them. But how about finding a middle ground then? Somewhere between being a strict ascetic to being a scattergood, you become a mindful moderate who has an appreciation and value for articles that are aesthetically and functionally sound. So you buy things but only those that would make you happy – not for a few days but a sizeable amount of time.

Is this blog-post a primer on minimalism/less is more philosophy? Well, not really. Let’s look at this as a nutritious food for thought that we’d like you all to ruminate on and hopefully embrace. So let’s first start with subtracting decor pieces, tchotchkes and other articles that aren’t doing anything great other than hosting a perennial dust and allergens festival.  Please do away with them. 

Make sure you have ample storage space that will house the objects and items that you don’t use frequently.  As for your souvenirs, art objects, and books, display them on a shelving unit. One quick tip – you can throw in some planters to bring a soupcon of botanical beauty to the mix. That’s that about subtraction.

Minimalism is closely associated with Nordic interiors – clean lines, organic materials, uncluttered spaces, and pale walls are the typical features that spring to mind when we think of Scandinavian design. Whites, pastels, and neutrals dominate interiors, quite understandably, to maximize sunlight. But many exhilaratingly errant Danes and Swedes are going for bold colors – if not brash, throwing senses into overdrive through bright, patterned soft furnishings (you can channel boho chic here), lively paintings, or vibrant upholstered armchairs.

Urbanization and digitization make us dream about escapism – our interpretations of it might differ, but the hankering to break-free from the shackles of the complex modern life stems from the same place. Minimalism perfectly echoes our desire to move towards a life that is bereft of chaos and rebuild our bond with nature. 

So before we say ba-bye to you, there are a few simple things you can do with minimalism – you can focus your attention to art/décor pieces you bought after months of deliberation and hashing over, change their position, rearrange your furniture, get rid of stuff that’s not serving any purpose, bring in pretty planters and succulents, and most importantly – take stock and think carefully before you spend those hard-earned rupees.

You’d be astounded to know what little rejigs and small changes can do! We’d love to know what your definition of minimalism is. Write in the comment section below.