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How to Make Spring Cleaning Fun
By Payless Decor
3/4/2015 5:58:00 AM  

Spring cleaning may not be the most exciting thing that happens this time of year. Fortunately, there are easy ways for you to put a positive spin on the dreaded event so you can not only get your home in perfect condition, but have a great time cleaning!

Prepare to Conquer

Nothing provides more of a setback than not having the right equipment. Although this may not be the most exciting aspect of spring cleaning, making a list of what you’ll need for each specific project will help avoid multiple trips to the store. If you do want to add a positive aspect to your preparation then consider investing in some cool tools. If you’d work better knowing you have the most advanced vacuum cleaner or the most stylish duster, then why not use something you’ll appreciate to make the process more enjoyable?

Use Music as Motivation

Music is a great tool to get you pumped up and ready to clean! Make a playlist of your favorite songs and put it on shuffle so you’ll be looking forward to the next song. If you enjoy dancing or are cleaning with your family, try adding in some fun dance songs to provide a much-needed break from cleaning every now and then. In addition to adding some positivity to what could be a long and dull process, you can get in a little extra workout from dancing and on-beat cleaning that you may not even realize you’re doing!

Incorporate Unique Experiments

One way to make spring cleaning more intriguing for your children is adding some fun experiments to the mix. Cleaning comes down to a science, so including your children can provide a great learning experience. Some things you can try include making various concoctions that will clear your drain or using a blacklight to spot the dust and dirt that has built up in a room. You can also search online to find some more ideas that will not only benefit the cleanliness of your home, but will teach your children a thing or two about science in the process!

Add Some Family Fun

You can tackle larger cleaning items with the help of your family! For example, cleaning your decor can be much easier when you have a dedicated person working on each type of blind and shade. You can get more work done in a shorter period of time and you can have some fun working alongside your spouse, friend or child. In addition, you can consider adding incentives to motivate. Have a timer to see who can get the most done within an hour or see who is the best at dusting cabinets and reward the winner (and everyone else) with a sweet dessert!

Improve Your Home and Your Body

Did you know that only 30 minutes of general cleaning can burn around 130 calories? Everything from dusting to vacuuming can make a difference in your calorie count. This information also makes for great motivation to get the job done! Whether you’d rather break up your cleaning projects over a few days so you can have a week-long workout plan or if you’re feeling strong and want to get it all done in one day, you can be assured that you will be able to notice a difference in your home and your fitness level by taking on this intense project!

Improving your spring cleaning strategies can be as easy as changing your mindset! Whether it’s gathering your family, listening to some upbeat tunes or being prepared, you can following all or some of these fun ideas to make spring cleaning more enjoyable and productive.

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Show Your Decor Some Love This Valentines Day
By Payless Decor
2/4/2015 8:04:00 AM  

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, why not give your blinds and shades some attention on this lovely holiday? We have some great tips on cleaning various types of blinds and shades so you can ensure that your décor is dust-free before spring cleaning season even starts!

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds can be dusted or vacuumed. The only thing to take note of with vertical blinds is the need to brush downwards. Vertical blind slats can come unhooked if you brush upwards, so maintain the downward motion to ensure your blinds are not only clean, but put together.

Vertical Wood Blinds 

Honeycomb/Cellular Shades

These shades are not only energy-efficient, but they are also incredibly easy to clean. “Just use the dusting tool on your vacuum. Give them a once-over on low suction, and you’re done,” says Carolyn Forte, the director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute Home Appliance and Cleaning Products department. If there are any residual stains after dusting, lightly blotting with a sponge, lukewarm water and mild dish detergent can lead to incredibly clean shades.

 Cellular Shades

Wooden and Faux Wood Blinds

The blinds can be wet when removing dirt, but not soaked and should be cleaned in place versus removed. When dusting these blinds, consider how you would treat any other wooden furniture. For example, when dusting use a soft, clean cloth, chemically treated dust cloth or dusting glove. When dusting, it is also important to dust the front of the blinds while they are at full length and almost closed then reverse the slats and dust the other side while holding the bottom rail.

 Wood Blinds

Roman Shades

If you want to clean your Roman shades like an expert, you can use two techniques - the soft dusting brush attachment of a vacuum on low suction or the brush attachment of a handheld vacuum. A cloth dipped in mild suds can be used to rinse and blot dry any pesky stains.

Roman Shades

Metal and Vinyl Blinds

This method features some great cleaning tips - laying blinds on a piece of rug or carpet and using a car-washing brush dipped in dishwashing soap and water can be used to clean both sides of the blinds. The side-to-side brushing motion is then followed with a light rinsing while the blinds are tilted. Lastly, run your finger down the slats to prevent water spots.

 Metal Blinds

Roller Shades

Even with the wide range of fabrics and textures available, a light once-over with a vacuum’s soft brush tool and spot cleaning can do the trick. If you have classic vinyl roller shades, you can instead start at the bottom of the shades with a well-wrung cloth or sponge that has been dipped in a mixture of dishwashing detergent and lukewarm water and work your way up with a wiping motion. If that doesn’t get your shades clean, you can wash both sides of your shades in a tub with a soft brush, soap and water. Always air-dry and re-hang roller shades.

 Roller Shades

Cleaning for All Types of Blinds

There are some cleaning tips that apply to all types of blinds. Using the brush attachment of a vacuum is an easy way to clean blinds and can be done often as long as you move side-to-side versus up and down. You can alternatively use a duster with the same side-to-side motion. Spots can be wiped away with an all-purpose cleaner on a dry cloth. Ultimately, the type of cleaning required depends on the amount of dust - a moist cloth may suffice for some and dry cleaning may be required for others.


Preventing dust and stain accumulation can be easier than expected by looking into what your unique blinds or shades require. Having a vacuum, duster and cloth on-hand is a great way to be prepared for minor cleanings that will give your blinds and shades some much-needed attention and prevent the need for a major spring cleaning.

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Out With The Old, In With The New
By Payless Decor
11/19/2014 8:33:00 AM  

Out With The Old, In With The New

Spring cleaning isn’t a new concept. You sift through all the things you’ve acquired over autumn and winter, and you start anew with a more organized home. But in order to accumulate these things, you must do a little of what we like to call fall decorating.

One of the best ways to transition into the colder seasons (besides making more hot chocolate and buying an abundance of sweaters) is to decorate your home with fall and winter decor. Use this time of the year to pack up all your bright-colored decorations and furniture, and turn to darker neutrals, deep reds, and moss greens, perhaps even some golden yellows - think the colors you see on changing leaves.

The first addition to your newly-decorated home should be a rug, simply because it’s easiest to build your other decor around this central focal point. Since you’ll most likely be spending more time indoors during these colder seasons, you’ll need a more durable rug.

Jute - which is a strong fiber made from plants - is one of the best materials for a fall and winter rug, because not only is it eco-friendly, but it has water-repelling properties for those little spills. Try the Mustard Seed Jute Rug to brighten up an otherwise dark room or the Salem Jute Rug to tone down any bright walls or decor you may have.

Mustard Seed Jute Rug
Mustard Seed Jute Rug
Salem Jute Rug
Salem Jute Rug

And even though it’s not the season of spring cleaning, be sure to stay adamant about cleaning your rugs so you can pack them up at the end of the season and reuse them instead of having to toss them because they go too dirty. Does this mean you have to take a steam cleaner to your rug every week? Absolutely not. In fact, it’s only necessary to deeply clean your rug right before you replace it with your spring and summer rug. Instead, simply vacuum twice a week to maintain appropriate cleanliness.

Once you’ve selected your rug (or multiple rugs if you have a rather large living space), it’s time to decorate around it. Choose some heavy drapes to add to the coziness of your new space. The rule of thumb is if your rug has multiple colors, go with neutral drapes. But if you’ve chosen a single-colored rug, you can get more adventurous with the drapes.

Advantage III Drapery Panels
Advantage III Drapery Panels

If you’d prefer to bypass drapes, but still want some coverage for your windows, opt for bamboo shades. But be forewarned, once you make the switch to bamboo shades, you’ll never want to go back to cheap, plastic shades ever again (which is actually a good thing). The best thing about bamboo shades is the natural light they let in as well as the fact that because of their decorative quality, they look good alone or with drapes.

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Switching out all of your decor after the summer may seem unnecessary, but you’ll be surprised how much cozier your home will feel when you fill it with new rugs and window fixings.

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How to Best Clean Your Faux Wood Blinds
By Payless Decor
9/3/2014 8:25:00 AM  

How to Best Clean Your Faux Wood Blinds 

Clean Faux Wood BlindsWe all try to keep our spaces neat and clean, but it’s no secret some areas of our homes are often neglected when we break out the sponges and mops. Baseboards and ceiling fans often fall victim—along with those pesky cobwebs in high ceiling corners—but few of these places are more frustrating and difficult to clean than the blinds.

They may look great, but trying to really clean those nice faux wood blinds properly can be a big headache. Luckily, with the help of a few products and tips you can be on your way to dust-free shades all year round.

Many people often make the mistake of dropping their wood blinds (real or not) into a bathtub full of water to soak away all the dust and grime. This may seem like the easiest solution, but soaking real or faux wood blinds can permanently ruin them. Dipping them for a minute or two might be safe, but it’s easy to walk away and forget about them. Instead, it’s better to leave them hanging to clean them off.


Step 1: Dust

Feather Duster

First, you’ll need to dust your blinds using a soft cloth or feather duster. Many vacuum cleaner attachments also work well for this, or you can buy a blind duster to easily clean between the slats. If your blinds have a significant amount of dust build-up, you can use a cloth dipped in a mild vinegar and water mixture to remove tough grime.

Step 2: Clean

Cleaning SuppliesAfter removing all the dust from the blinds, you can create a cleaning solution by mixing water with a mild detergent. Soak a cloth in the detergent and wring it out until it’s just damp,because you don’t want water warping your blinds. Clean each blind slat on both sides thoroughly with the cleaning solution until all the dirt is removed. You can also clean the cords the same way.


Step 3: Rinse

Rinse the blinds with a cloth soaked in just water, and then dry them. You can either open the windows to let them dry naturally, use a soft cleaning cloth to dry them off by hand or use a portable or ceiling fan to speed the process along. If your blinds are spotted with tough stains, you can blot them with soap and warm water until the stain disappears. 

Step 4: Dry

Once your blinds are clean and dry, you can wipe them down with dryer sheets to reduce static cling and help repel dust. After giving your blinds a good, deep cleaning, it will be easier to keep them clean on a regular basis. Keeping your blinds dusted once a month will only take a few minutes of your time, but it will keep you from needing to deep clean them more than a couple of times each year. 

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