Archive for August, 2015

Bloggers Love Design Space

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Design Space

We think our new, online interior design planning tool is top notch. It takes the stress out of deciding how to decorate your room and helps you choose which of our fantastic made-to-measure blinds will look best at your windows; but don’t just take our word for it.   Here is what four top interiors bloggers thought of Design Space.

Happy Home Bird

Happy Homebird

Interiors expert Sam Fernley is a happy home-loving mother of one, who blogs about all things British.  She loved the fact you can experiment with Design Space without committing to a colour scheme.  She said:”There is no denying that I love colour in my home so this is a great tool for pushing interior design boundaries and creating the room you really desire.”

Read the Happy Homebird blog post here

LoveChicLiving

Love Chic Living

Jen Stanbrook is an influential interiors blogger with more than one or two awards under her belt, so we were delighted with her review of Design Space. Jen enjoyed mixing and matching blinds and was impressed with our elegance Twilight blinds, stating: ‘I love the way they add obscurity and privacy but let the light through too.’

Read the Love Chic Living blog post here

ABeautfiulSpace

A Beautiful Space

Talented writer and lover of beautiful things, Becky Goddard, has created her own unique space where she enjoys blogging about parenting and living well on less.  She thought Design Space was a handy tool that is easy to master. She said: “It is simple to use and just so useful!”

Read the Beautiful Space blog post here

Me and my shadow

Me and My Shadow

Multi-award winning and family-focused lifestyle blog, Me and My Shadow, is run by Liz Burton. We loved her in-depth review of Design Space, which featured lots of experiment with colour and was extremely well received by her followers.

Read the Me and My Shadow blog post here

Try Design Space now.

Win One of Five Ostrich Feather Dusters

Monday, August 10th, 2015

If you want to keep your blinds looking clean and bright then you need the right tools for the job.

It has been proven that an ostrich feather duster is far superior to other (cheaper) types of duster.

Not only do they have magnetic properties, meaning they resist static electricity, the tiny barbules on the ostrich feathers act as fingers to collect dust, which makes them much more effective. Rather than pushing the dust away and flipping it into the air, an ostrich-down duster will attract dust and hold onto it until you shake it free to vacuum later.  The feathers can also be washed in warm soapy water, rinsed and air dried.

When used for domestic cleaning, an ostrich feather duster will last for years, which makes them exceptional value.

Ostrich-down dusters are perfect for cleaning all types of blinds, especially wooden ones, and due to their anti-static qualities, they work a treat on fancy light fittings and electronics too.

Sounds good?  Well luckily we have five superb ostrich feather dusters to give away.

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How to clean your window blinds

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

white pleated

A lovely set of made-to-measure blinds can really make a room, but it’s important to take good care of them in order to keep them looking their best.

We’ve put together our top tips on how to make sure your blinds stay just like new.

1)    Know your blinds

First and foremost it’s important to learn as much as you can about your blinds (Apollo Blinds provides an aftercare document with every purchase that has tips on how to care for your blinds). Always check with the manufacturer before embarking on a cleaning spree as, for example, some blinds are washable, where others can’t withstand any water.

2)    Little and often

As with everything, regular housekeeping is a must to ensure your blinds stay looking smart.  A little cleaning (done often) will limit the need for a major face-lift, which can be awkward and time consuming.


3)
    Armed for cleaning

There are some tools that you may not have thought of, which are perfectly suited for sprucing up your blinds:

Baby wipes – Super soft and non-abrasive, baby wipes are not just for little ones, they work wonders with cords or tapes on Venetian blinds too.

Ostrich feather dusters – the tiny barbules on the ostrich feathers act as fingers to collect dust without leaving static electricity behind, perfect for wooden blinds.

Micro fibre cloths – lint free and gentle, it is claimed that micro fibre cloths are up to four times more effective than normal cloths.

4)    You must dust (really you must)

 Yes, there are a million other things you could be doing, but giving your blinds the weekly once-over will stop dust building up and limit the potential for stains and dirty marks, which are trickier to remove.

5)    Deep cleaning

Vacuum your blinds every couple of months using the upholstery attachment of your cleaner. About twice a year you will need to give them a more thorough going over. Gently rub them from end to end with a micro fibre cloth.

6)    Avoid chemical nasties

Warm water and a mild detergent should be sufficient for most types of window blind as harsh chemicals can damage delicate material.  Be careful not to drench your blinds as this can cause discolouration and distort wooden blinds. A mixture of 25% white vinegar and 75% water can help to remove heavier dirt and stains.

So that’s it, you’re on your way to a bright and gleaming set of window blinds.  

 

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