Kitchen Blinds That Are Easy to Clean

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Kitchen Blinds That Are Easy to Clean

Blinds are one of those things that no one really thinks about cleaning until they suddenly notice how gross they are. Once you notice, it’s kind of hard to stop noticing. Kitchen blinds are one of the worst offenders. Because kitchen windows are often placed above the sink, the blinds often collect food particles or dried on liquid splashed onto them from doing dishes. So, instead of leaning over your sink to wipe down aluminum slats that end up bent, let’s talk blind replacement. Here are some kitchen blinds that are easy to clean.

Window Shades

Window shades are the kind of shades found in classrooms. They’re made of a thick material that rolls up when opened. They’re not the most elegant blinds, but they do their job well and are easy to clean. Plus, you can get shades in a blackout design that blocks out sunlight completely.

It’s easier to see when something splatters onto window shades than aluminum slats because it’s one flat plane. The benefit of noticing faster is that you can wipe off splatters before they dry.

Even if you don’t notice right away, window shades being one piece of material is a huge benefit to ease of cleaning. When it comes time to clean them, you can simply grab a hot washcloth and scrub them down, using the window as a backboard.

Window Screens

Window screens come with the same benefits as window shades except, instead of blackout capabilities, they screen sunlight. That means, you can get indirect sunlight even with them closed. If you want to up the ante, you can open them up and get full, direct sunlight instead.

Hard Slats That Are Easy to Wipe Down

Shades and screens aren’t for everyone. If you want kitchen blinds that are easy to clean but look more like standard blinds, you’ll love Magic Lite. These blinds are made of slats that are broad and wooden. You get maximum lighting control by adjusting the slats, from blackout to complete exposure.

What makes these different from standard blinds is that, because the slats are broad and wooden, they’re much easier to wipe down. You can put a small amount of pressure on them with your damp cloth without them bending out of shape like aluminum does. Plus, they look better on a daily basis. The broader slats are more refined. Plus, because they don’t have to be curved to prevent bending like aluminum slats do, they’re completely flat, which looks more modern.

Kitchen Blinds Replacement

If you’re ready to invest in kitchen blinds replacement, Domir Blinds is here to help. We have a variety of attractive blinds, each with their own benefits. Check out our other kitchen blinds styles if none of these sound appealing. Sometimes it just takes finding blinds that you’re enthusiastic about to encourage you to give them a wipe down here and there.

Blinds Solutions for Crowded Windows

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Blinds Solutions for Crowded Windows

Most of us love a nicely decorated windowsill. The windowsill is a great place for setting plants that need sun, a vase of flowers that catches the morning light, a stack of books beside our favorite armchair, and more. However, a crowded window can make opening and closing the blinds a huge pain. Domir Blinds is here to help you out with some blinds solutions for crowded windows.

Window Shades and Screens

One of the best blinds solutions for crowded windows is getting a window covering that’s simple. Standard, slatted blinds are hard to open and close with things on the windowsill because the slats get caught on things. Opting for something with no slats can prevent things from catching and make opening and closing your blinds easier.

For simple window coverings, you can’t beat window shades and window screens. Shades and screens are made of flat materials that roll up at the top of the window when opened. You’ve probably seen window shades in one of your school classrooms. They’re less likely to be damaged if handled roughly. Therefore, they’re great for places where children may use them.

Window shades can be ordered in a blackout variety that blocks out the sun entirely. Screens, on the other hand, are made for letting in filtered sunlight. This screening capability keeps direct sun our of your eyes and off your TV while still letting in some daylight.

Side Channels

Window shades and screens can be paired with side channels for maximum light blockage, insulation, and ease of use. Side channels hold shades and screens in place on either side and are attached to the wall surrounding the window.

If you have small things in your window sill that can be easily knocked off by your blinds bumping them, side channels are the answer. Without the ability to swing back and forth, window shades or screens will be completely neutralized and your figurines or perfume bottles can stay where you put them.

Light Control Without Raising

If simpler blinds that won’t catch on things aren’t helpful in your situation, you’ll benefit from light control without raising your blinds. We have 2 great options that allow this: Magic Lite and Ninet.

The Magic Lite has wooden slats that overlap each other. Because of that, you can go from complete sun exposure to complete blackout with a flick of the cord. With this much control, you can leave the blinds down all the time. Simply adjust the slats to change how much light you get.

The Ninet has standard slats, but they’re positioned between two layers of fabric. You won’t get direct sunlight with these. However, you can go from indirect sunlight to complete shade by adjusting the slats inside. When it comes to blinds solutions for crowded windows, you really can’t beat the Ninet. The design is beautiful, cozy, and the slats can be adjusted without getting caught on things like plant leaves.

Save Money on Winter Heating by Upgrading Your Blinds

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Save Money on Winter Heating by Upgrading Your Blinds

Did you know the quality of your blinds can have a profound effect on how much money you spend each month? Heating and cooling for your home can cost a fortune, especially if your home is poorly insulated. Your windows are the weakest point in your home’s insulation. What you use to cover them and, therefore, insulate them, determines how much heat you lose or gain from the outside weather. Here’s how you can save money on winter heating by upgrading your blinds.

Buy Blinds with Layers

To start, let’s talk about how insulation works, in simple terms. Insulation is an addition of layers used to prevent heat transference. The more layers there are, the harder time heat has traveling through them. Think of how you would try to muffle a sound. If you scream into the open air, it’s going to be loud. If you scream into a pillow, it’s going to be muffled. That’s because the sound waves struggle to travel through all of the fabric and filling in your pillow. They come out the other side a lot weaker and, therefore, quieter. It’s the same with temperature.

The more layers your blinds have, the better they will be at insulating your window. Blinds with layers of fabric work a lot better than traditional, slatted blinds at insulating.

Some blinds you might want to consider are:

  • Honeycomb Blinds
    Honeycomb blinds are the kind of fabric blinds that are kind of puffy when closed. When you open them, the layers of fabric collapse against each other as they pull up. 
  • The Ninet
    Ninet blinds are similar in design to honeycomb blinds. However, instead of having just fabric, they’re designed with slatted blinds between the layers of fabric. This allows for lighting control even when the blinds are closed.
  • Sheer Vertical Blinds
    Sheer vertical blinds are a beautiful cross between the lighting control of blinds and the elegance of curtains. These blinds are made of two layers of draping fabric designed to block out unwanted light and cold.
  • Roller Shades
    Roller shades are solid pieces of material that roll up to open. These are the type of blinds you see used in classrooms a lot. They work just as well at home. The thickness of the material is more effective at insulating than the thin layers from honeycomb blinds, so a single layer is perfectly adequate.

Ensure Full Coverage

Did you know the entire surface of your window will transfer heat? The temperature inside your house really wants to equalize with the temperature outside your house. Because your windows are thin, they’re the weakest point of insulation in the structure of your house. In the winter, that means the heat you’re running will leak out through your windows – even if they’re sealed perfectly.

To ensure windows are insulated, you need to completely cover the window with your choice of blinds. The bigger the gap between the blinds and the window frame, the more heat can reach the window and leak out. Therefore, using roller shades with side channels is a great way to completely close off the window. For blinds that don’t use side channels, ensuring they’re cut to fit as nicely as possible is important for successful insulation.

The Best Designs for Hospital Blinds

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The Best Designs for Hospital Blinds

Hospitals come with a unique set of needs when it comes to blinds. Therefore, Domir Blinds has put together a short list of the best designs for hospital blinds. Take a look and see how the different styles impact a stay in the hospital.

Total Blackout

The first style that’s great for hospital blinds is blackout shades. What do blackout shades bring to the table that can be of use in a hospital setting? First off, their blackout quality makes sleeping during the day easier than ever for recovering patients. Sunlight can be a huge interruption when trying to get some peace after an operation. Blackout shades make recovery smoother and more comfortable.

Plus, blackout shades come with some functional bonuses as well. For one thing, they’re pretty resilient. That makes the abundance of patients that move in and out of a room no problem. Visitors can lean up against a blackout shade without bending anything out of shape. Plus, shades are easy to clean. Because they’re one flat piece, they can easily be pulled down, sprayed with cleaner, and wiped down whenever necessary. You can’t say the same for dust-collecting, flimsy, metal-vaned blinds.

Indirect Sunlight

For other areas of a hospital, needing extensive sleep during the day to recover isn’t entirely necessary. Shorter stays or less intensive reasons for staying make blackout shades excessive and unhelpful. For example, someone staying in a postnatal ward may want to nap, but is less likely to sleep away the whole day in darkness.

For wards like this, blinds that offer indirect sunlight are the best option. Honeycomb blinds, the Ninet, and roller screens will all filter light. That means no direct sunlight, but plenty of sunshine glow coming in through the fabrics.

Roller screens are different from the other options in two ways. They’re easy to wipe down, as they’re one piece, like blackout shades. Furthermore, they’re possible to see through. Patients can look outside through the screen, but no one outside will be able to see in. This one-way feature makes roller screens great for first-floor rooms.

However, honeycomb blinds and the Ninet come with a bonus of their own: they look so cozy. These two blind styles are both lined with fabric, making them look soft and comfortable. Comfort is a key factor in most hospital rooms. 

Complete Control

For wards with patients who are more capable of moving around the room, blinds with more control may be worthwhile. The same can be said for waiting rooms, where visitors may want to adjust the blinds.

Magic Lite allows the user to go from complete blackout to complete exposure. The sleek design looks professional and attractive. Plus, the slats are solid, making them easier to wipe down than flimsy, aluminum alternatives. The only real downside is that there’s nothing filtering the light, which means any light coming in will be direct sunlight. For some, this may matter. Though, in the grand scheme of things, it’s not likely to be much of a problem.

If you’re ready to talk blinds, ask questions, or get help with an order, call us today at Domir Blinds. We want to help your hospital become the best version of itself.

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