Prepare Your Home for the Summer With Some Tips from Us

In Maintenance & Cleaningby Specialty Drapery

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The long winter is finally over and the sun’s out. Summer has arrived! You’ve probably been ready for the summer for months, but is your home ready? Here are a few tips on getting your home summer-ready.

Get your Home Summer Ready

Much like you can slip on shades for your eyes, you can opt for shades for your windows, to prevent glare and UV rays. There are several options for window treatments. Solar shades, wooden blinds, cellular shades and plantation shutters are just a few of the styles in which you can choose from. These window treatments will let the sun in but keep the heat out. Wooden blinds are very flexible throughout the summer. Their slats can be adjusted to control light and ventilation. Plantation shutters offer the same benefit. Solar shades not only offer protection from the heat and fading but also allow you to maintain visibility out of your window when the shade is down. With the right amount of sunlight entering your home, your cooling costs could be reduced during the summer months. Your new summer window treatments need to be functional but also look great and complement your home. If you need assistance with styles and materials, Specialty Drapery can help you.

Are Your Draperies Prepared for Summer?

Most draperies, if exposed to direct sunlight, will dry rot and fade in a short amount of time. Lining your draperies correctly can protect from the demise of the fabric. Cotton lining used in conjunction with an inner lining is one option. Another option is a black outlining that totally protects your fabric from the sun. Most ready-made draperies come with an inexpensive cotton lining that does little to protect your drapery fabric from the sun.

Around the House

Remove every vestige of winter, like those candles in the heavy candelabras. Pack up the heaters and thick blankets and woolen garments. Remove all the leftovers and winter foods from the fridge. Make room for fruit smoothies, ice creams, and burgers. Stock up on cocktails and other party essentials so that you can have guests over to enjoy the summer nights with you. Remove the logs from the fireplace and replace them with large vases overflowing with flowers. Nothing says summer like fresh-cut flowers that spread color, bouquet and cheer around the house.

Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is meant to celebrate the arrival of the warm summer months when the flowers are blooming and the bees are buzzing. Clean your house thoroughly. Your house should be light, airy and sparkle with polished bare wooden floors and railings. Plant some herbs in small pots in the kitchen window sill which can spread their nice aroma and make your kitchen warmly welcoming.

Clean your HVAC System

Your HVAC system would have undergone a lot of stress working throughout the harsh winter months. Spring is the time to get it thoroughly cleaned and serviced, before the harsh onset of summer. You will need your air conditioning functioning at its maximum capacity during the summer months and so getting it serviced before is advisable. You should also replace the filter, if necessary.

Specialty Drapery was founded in 1967 in Richmond, Virginia. Our store is a one-stop shop for all your window treatment needs. We offer complete window treatment options. We also provide commercial window treatments. Call us today to schedule your free in-store consultation with a window treatment designer!