Dust, dirt and other materials floating around in a household’s air can make shades look dingy after a certain amount of time. The glad tidings are that a lot of pleated shades are treated with anti-static materials that repel dirt; and with a normal dusting routine, the life and look of the tones can be prolonged for several years.

Maintaining your pleated tones depends on the material or fabric from which they are created and the manufacturer’s instructions. For general care, tones can be dusted with a feather duster or a can of compressed air. For heavy dust, using the brush attachment that affixes to the hose on vacuum pressure sucks up the dust and also keeps it from resettling back again on the tones. (Remember, any fabric tone, such as pleated or roman shades, have to be dusted or vaccuumed on both sides!)