Are Window Blinds Waterproof?
Are Window Blinds Waterproof?
Waterproof and steam-resistant window treatments are required in wet areas of your home. Avoid using wooden blinds in this area; they will only absorb moisture and buckle and break quickly. The best bathroom blinds are usually made of synthetic materials or acrylic-coated fabrics.
After selecting a window treatment that is actually waterproof, you need to learn how to keep it waterproof. Because of the moisture in the bathroom, you need to clean and dry your window treatments every time they are exposed to water.
Leave your bathroom blinds open while they air dry; this will help prevent mold and mildew growth.
There are several options available for maintaining bathroom blinds:
- Dry them with a hair dryer on low heat. This will quickly remove moisture from the surface of the blind and help prevent stains.
- Use a towel, sponge, or chamois leather to absorb extra moisture then wipe the surface with a clean cloth. Use a mild detergent on this cloth to remove any dirt or stains.
- Use a clean, soft fabric like a cotton towel to wipe the surface of the blind with a soft brush when it’s dry. Avoid using soaps, detergents, or scouring agents as these can damage your blinds and cause them to lose their waterproof properties.
- Do not use harsh cleaners or abrasive pads that could scratch and wear away at your bathroom window treatments. The materials used in bathroom blinds are smooth and flexible, so they cannot stand up to too much abrasion.
Even if you do not live in a wet climate, it is still important to ensure that your bathroom blinds are water-resistant. Bathroom blinds that are decontaminated for use outdoors should be washed thoroughly before use; this will help prevent mold and mildew growth.
If you don’t wash them before using them, you risk allowing allergens or bacteria to grow in your window treatment. It’s always a good idea to check the labels on any bathroom window treatments that you purchase to make sure they are both waterproof and resistant to mold and mildew growth.
Does Goodwill Accept Used Window Blinds?
Yes. Used blinds are accepted by many charitable organizations, including Goodwill and The Salvation Army. Blinds to Go, which has over 100 drop-off locations across the United States, provide a no questions asked take-back service for blinds, whether or not you purchased them from the company.
There are also many local charities, such as shelters for homeless veterans that collect unwanted blinds for distribution to those in need. It’s important to remember that used window blinds have little or no value on the resale market. Even if you are able to sell them at a loss, you’ll still have spent money on shipping and disposal expenses.
For some people, it’s good to get a few new windows installed in their houses in order to improve their view of the neighborhood and nature as well as their house’s heat and insulation performance.
In order to take full advantage of these benefits, it’s important that your windows are up-to-date with the latest technology and design trends so they can work with future upgrades easily.
The easiest way to recycle used window treatments is to donate them to a charitable organization. If you are unable or unwilling to donate your blinds, take them to your local landfill instead. Most urban areas do not accept blinds as a form of recycling, so you’ll need to call your local government agency before disposing of them.
In most cases, it’s easier and more efficient for the local government to transport used window coverings directly from residences and businesses so that they can be properly recycled.
Many drop-off locations will even provide you with a tax deduction receipt for the donation of your window coverings; this is an excellent way for homeowners on a budget to make use of their old window treatments without incurring extra expenses.