Window treatments, regardless of the type you choose, have a tendency to collect a lot of dust. For anyone in your home who reacts negatively to dust, that is a problem. Just opening and closing your window treatments shakes the dust loose and can start an allergic reaction. Your only solution is to keep the window treatments free of dust. Here is how to do just that.

Wash Weekly

If the drapes are made of lace or medium-heft cloth, wash them weekly. It reduces the amount of dust they collect and keeps them bright and fresh. If you have blinds, use a duster with a wet dusting spray to clean the blinds.

Spray with Anti-Static Cling Spray

Dust gravitates toward static cling. Both cloth curtains and certain vinyl/plastic blinds create a certain level of static cling. Spraying them with an anti-static cling spray keeps the dust at bay. The dust will then find other places to settle where it is more easily vacuumed or swept up.

Invest in Window Treatments That Are Already Anti-Static Cling

Newer window treatments that are designed to be anti-static cling are available. They are often used in hospitals for the health benefits they provide to patients who might otherwise have a reaction. If you cannot find such window treatments, consult with an interior decorator, such as from Snyders Shades & Shutters, for help.

Use Plastic Window Film to Reduce Dust

Plastic window film that is used as insulation and prevention against the cold in autumn and winter can help too. Cover the windows around the frames inside your home. All the things that typically find their way into the home or settle on the window frames and then collect on your window treatments are blocked.

Keep Windows Closed at All Times

Dust particles sail into a room through open windows. When your window treatments are down or closed, the dust particles from outside smack right into the window treatments. Keep your windows closed at all times to reduce the amount of dust from outside coming indoors.

Use Allergen Prevention Furnace Filters

Finally, a lot of dust is actually dead skin cells. These dead skin cells collect in your home's ventilation system and continue to circulate, falling on stationary surfaces. You can stop the circulation of these skin cells by using an allergen prevention furnace filter. As the cells head down toward the furnace, these filters catch the cells and prevent them from returning to the rooms and surfaces in your home via the heating and cooling vents.