Introducing Our New Phase II “Super Value” Window Treatments

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These days, we all just want to get the best bang for our buck, right?  A quality product at an affordable price, that’s not too much to ask, or is it?  At Blindsmax.com, we believe that nothing less should be expected!  You shouldn’t have to break the bank for new window treatments.  That’s why we sell a variety of products at a range of price points, to bring superior quality and affordable products to each and every customer.  Our Super Value products from Phase II Window Treatments give our customers name brand quality at an economical price.  These super value blinds and shades are perfect for those customers wanting to give their home an inexpensive update or for new homeowners looking to outfit your entire new space.

Check out these products from Phase II Super Value:

Phase II Woven Wood Shades brings the natural feel of the outdoors inside.  Super Value also means super easy, just choose your color and take your measurement and we’ll do the rest!  Phase II Woven Wood Shades offer a smooth appearance that accentuates the natural beauty in the materials.  These shades operate on a smooth pulley system that renders years of smooth and trouble free operation.

Phase II Roller Shades offer 3 product lines including light filtering and blackout roller shades to accommodate your amount of incoming light.  The benefits of these roller shades include durability, ease of cleaning, and maximum privacy and light control.  They also have a slim design which makes them perfect for doors.

Phase II Solar Shades offer UV blockage up to 90% , control over heat and light, durable PVC coating that is easy to clean, and a sturdy spring motor mechanism which makes the shade easy to lift and lower.  Choose from 12 different solar weave and solar screen materials and a continuous cord loop or cordless lift system, perfect for homes with pets and children.

Phase II Roller Sheer Shades operate with ease similar to a roller shade but give the effect of the very popular sheer horizontal shades.  A great value alternative to the somewhat costly sheer shades.  Offered in a variety of light filtering and room darkening colors.  These shades come standard with the continuous cord loop lift system and ivory headrail.

Phase II Cordless Cellular Shades softly diffuse natural light while providing sound absorption and privacy for your windows.  Our best priced cellular shade, with all day everyday free cordless lift system, make this cellular shade a keeper!  The honeycomb construction also provides for great insulation year around.  Built to withstand frayed edges, this fabric is lightly textured and seamless.

Phase II Roman Shades offer a vast selection of colors, patterns and texutres designed to coordinate with new and existing home decor.  With the option to add a light filtering, room darkening, and privacy liner, these shades are practically 100% customizable to your liking.  These roman shades provide a contemporary streamlined look for a sleek modern feel.

Have more questions?  Our Blindsmax.com team is here to serve you Monday-Friday from 9am until 5pm EST.  Reach us at toll free 1-888-305-8020.

 

 

 

Tidy Up Tuesday: How to clean your blinds

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Blindsmax.com prides themselves on going the extra mile to help our customers in any way that we can.  Our Blindsmax website is full of informative videos, how to guides, and product descriptions so that our customers can be sure they can find exactly what they are looking for.  One topic that we see a lot is “how do I clean my new blinds”?  Find your product below and see the best way we recommend to clean your blinds and shades.  And of always, our team is here Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm EST if you have any other questions!

How to clean Aluminum Mini Blinds:

For light cleaning of your mini blinds use a static charged duster or lightly vacuum with an upholstery attachment. If something spills on your blinds you can also use a sponge with a mild detergent and warm water solution, then blot dry. Take special care not to push any dust into the cords running through the blind slats.

How to clean Faux Wood Blinds:

For light cleaning of your faux wood blinds use a static charged duster or lightly vacuum with an upholstery attachment. If something spills on your blinds you can also use a sponge with a mild detergent and warm water solution, then blot dry. Take special care not to push any dust into the cords running through the blind slats.

How to clean Real Wood / Hardwood Blinds:

For light cleaning of your wood blinds use a static charged duster or lightly vacuum with an upholstery attachment. For painted and stained finishes clean with Pledge® or other spray polish and a soft cloth. Never ever use water or you run the risk of damaging your blinds.

By tilting the slats down, but not quite closed, you’ll be able to clean most of the top surface of each slat. You can clean the blind hanging in place or you can take it down

 

How to clean Composite Wood Blinds:

For light cleaning of your composite blinds use a static charged duster or lightly vacuum with an upholstery attachment. If something spills on your blinds you can also use a sponge with a mild detergent and warm water solution, then blot dry. Take special care not to push any dust into the cords running through the blind slats.

How to clean Vertical Blinds:

General guidelines for cleaning your vertical blinds depends greatly on the material the vanes are made of;

    Vinyl Vanes

  • Regularly dust or vacuum with an upholstery attachment.
  • For soil removal, sponge with a mild detergent and warm water solution and blot dry.
  • PVC louvers may be removed and immersed in water.
    Fabric Vanes

  • Regularly dust or vacuum with an upholstery attachment.
  • For soil removal, sponge with a mild detergent and warm water solution (or dry fabric cleaner) and blot dry.
  • Do not immerse in water or dry clean.
    Sheer Vertical Vanes

  • Fabric is steam pressed in the manufacturing process, but may need to be re-steamed (light and quick) at low temperature before hanging. NOTE: Care should be taken to avoid ironing out the permanent pleats. Do not steam fabric while it is on the vanes as they will be damaged.
  • Fabric may be feather dusted or vacuumed at low suction setting to remove dust.
  • Fabric is machine washable. Use the gentle cycle, warm water and mild detergent. Do not use chlorine bleach.
  • Hang damp sheer on louvers and re-shape.
  • Allow fabric to dry with the louvers in the open position.

How to clean Insulating Cellular Blinds

    Regular Cleaning

  • Dust with a feather duster.
  • Lightly vacuum fabric with an upholstery attachment.
    Soil Removal

  • Sponge with a mild detergent and warm water solution and blot dry. (Extra care should be used when cleaning blackout fabrics, as the fabrics could become permanently creased.)
  • Do not use strong detergents or spot removers. Dry cleaning is NOT recommended.
  • When dusting, vacuuming, and spot cleaning aren’t enough and deeper cleaning is desired, ultrasonic or injection/extraction cleaning with professional blind cleaner is an option.

 

How to clean Roman Shades:

Remove the shade from its window; open it and lay out on a clean, flat surface. If the shade is dusty, vacuum with an upholstery attachment. To clean fingerprints or soiled spots, use an aerosol spray foam upholstery or fabric cleaner such as Woolite® or ScotchGard® upholstery cleaners. Spray the foam cleaner over the entire area to be cleaned. Immediately scrub the area with a clean damp sponge (back and forth gently) until the stains are removed. Be careful not to crush or wrinkle the fabric. Remove excess water from the fabric by patting with a clean, dry towel. Hang the shade up when completely dry. DO NOT USE STRONG DETERGENTS OR SPOT REMOVERS.

Dry cleaning: Due to the differences in ultrasonic cleaning operators, we do NOT recommend this method of cleaning.

How to clean Cellular / Honeycomb Shades:

    Regular Cleaning

  • Dust with a feather duster.
  • Lightly vacuum fabric with an upholstery attachment.
    Soil Removal

  • Sponge with a mild detergent and warm water solution and blot dry. (Extra care should be used when cleaning blackout fabrics, as the fabrics could become permanently creased.)
  • Do not use strong detergents or spot removers. Dry cleaning is NOT recommended.
  • When dusting, vacuuming, and spot cleaning aren’t enough and deeper cleaning is desired, ultrasonic or injection/extraction cleaning with professional blind cleaner is an option.

How to clean Pleated Shades:

Remove the shade from its window; open it and lay out on a clean, flat surface. If the shade is dusty, vacuum with an upholstery attachment. To clean fingerprints or soiled spots, use an aerosol spray foam upholstery or fabric cleaner such as Woolite® or ScotchGard® upholstery cleaners. Spray the foam cleaner over the entire area to be cleaned. Immediately scrub the area with a clean, damp sponge (back and forth gently in the direction parallel to the pleats in the fabric) until stains are removed. Be careful not to crush or wrinkle the fabric. Remove excess water from the fabric by patting with a clean, dry towel. Hang the shade up when completely dry. Frequent cleaning may remove the fullness and body of the pleated fabric. DO NOT USE STRONG DETERGENTS OR SPOT REMOVERS.

Dry cleaning: Due to the differences in ultrasonic cleaning operators, we do NOT recommend this method of cleaning.

How to clean Sheer Horizontal Shades:

For light cleaning of your sheer shades use a static charged duster or lightly vacuum with an upholstery attachment. If something spills on your shades you can also use a sponge with a mild detergent and warm water solution, then blot dry. DO NOT USE STRONG DETERGENTS OR SPOT REMOVERS.

How to clean Roller / Solar Shades:

For light cleaning of your solar and roller shades use a static charged duster or lightly vacuum with an upholstery attachment. If something spills on your shades you can also use a sponge with a mild detergent and warm water solution, then blot dry. AVOID SCRUBBING WITH ABRASIVE SOLUTIONS.

How to clean Woven Wood / Natural Shades:

For light cleaning of your woven wood blinds use a static charged duster or lightly vacuum with a brush attachment to ensure lasting beauty. AVOID CLEANING WITH WATER, SOLVENTS, OR ABRASIVE SOLUTIONS.

Get Outta Town: 10 Sights-to-See from Blindsmax.com

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Home renovation projects and backyard BBQ’s are always fun ideas for summer.  But there is nothing quite like packing up the family for a good ole fashioned road trip. Blindsmax.com brings you 10 sights you just have to see this summer!

 

 

10.  Cadillac Ranch, Potter County Texas

Founded in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez, and Doug Michels, Cadillac Ranch is a public art structure  in Amarillo Texas.  Originally created with hopes of showcasing the evolution of change in the car line, visitors can find Cadillac’s from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s here!  What a neat place to spend an afternoon in Texas.

 

 

 

9.  Noccalula Falls Gadsden Alabama

This spot has several things to offer:  an abandoned dam, pioneer homestead, Civil War carvings, an aboriginal fort, caves, oh and did we mention the 90 feet tall waterfall??! No need for additional explanation of why this southern spot is a must see!

 

 

 

 

8.  The Wave Coyote Buttes Arizona

When you think of Arizona, I’m sure the first place that comes to mind to visit is the Grand Canyon… but Arizona has another hidden gem that is a shoe-in for summer travel destinations:  the Wave in Coyotes Buttes.  The amazing sandstone rock formation over the slopes of the Coyotes Buttes makes for a breathtaking view.

 

 

 

 

7.  Florida’s Everglades

The largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the United States is a definite sight to check out when in the panhandle state.  It’s the only place in the world where crocodiles and alligators co-exist side by side.  Take a tour, just not a swim.

 

 

 

 

 

6.  Assateague Island Maryland Coast

Located right off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, this shoreline is home to marshes, bays and coves.  But most significantly, it is most prominently known for the more than 300 wild ponies that roam the shore.

 

 

 

 

5.  Boundary Waters Canoe Northeastern Minnesota

You could spend days out here.  Camping, fishing, canoeing, camping, swimming… we could go on and on.  With over 1,000 lakes and streams, over 2,000 camping sites, and 1,500 of canoe routes, family fun is endless in the Superior National Forest.

 

 

 

 

4.  Carlsbad Caverns Guadalupe Mountains New Mexico

We’ve never seen something quite like this before.   A large cave chamber, otherwise known as the Big Room,  a nearly 4,000 feet tall chamber of natural Limestone, is the 5th largest in the U.S..

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Shadow of the Bear Highway 64 Cashiers North Carolina

This site is one you will need to plan your summer trip to see.  It is actually more of a phenomenon than an everyday location.   The shadow appears for 3o minutes at 5:30 p.m. EST sometime between mid-October through early November.  Starting as just a small black shadow over the valley and evolving into a bear!  How cool is that?

 

 

 

 

2.  Crater’s Lake Oregon

Dive right in to the deepest lake in America, Crater’s lake.  One of the most sought after gems in the state of Oregon, this deep blue water is circled with 20 miles of cliffs and hemlocks.  1,934 feet in depth, 1,934 reasons to visit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  Monument Valley Arizona-Utah State Line

Last but most certainly not least, is a site that speaks for itself.  Located on the Colorado Plateua, Monument Valley is a breathtaking cluster of sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 feet above the valley.  Enjoy this view from afar or up close.  Monument Valley has been the focal point of a heap of western movies for decades, so channel your inner cowboys and indians and mark this spot as a destination on your map!

 

 

 

 

So once the renovations are done and the grill is turned off, pack up the family and head out on an adventure.  And from all of us here at Blindsmax.com have a safe and happy Summer!

Two for Tuesday: A Look at 2 Great Products from Timber Blinds

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At Blindsmax.com, we carry only the best brands in blinds and window treatments.  Timber Blinds and Shades are no exception to that rule!  Today’s Blog will focus in on two of the many great products Timber has to offer:  the Rio Woven Woods Natural Shades and the Timber Sheer Horizontal Shades.

Timber Rio Woven Wood Shades bring that natural earthy feeling into your home.  With over 90 natural fibers color choices to choose from, the hardest part will be picking your favorite!  These shades also come with the option for a privacy, light filtering, or room darkening liner for that added privacy and light control within your space.  And the options don’t stop there… you can also choose to have several different lift system options.  The top down bottom up options gives you the ability to adjust the shades to the exact part of the window you desire.  Have a large window?  This product also offers multiple blinds on one headrail and also available with the Cordless lift option for those homes with pets and children.  A solid choice for a natural woven woods product indeed!

On the other end of the spectrum, Timber’s Sheer Horizontal Shades give your home that classic and elegant touch. Horizontal vanes float between two layers of soft, knitted fabric sheer panels.  These unique shades offer optimal control over light level and privacy due to their ability to remain fully extended to cover your windows while allowing you to tilt the inner slats open and enjoy the view.  All shades come standard with an ultra sleek plus cassette type headrail system which has matching coordinating fabric.  When raised, the soft sheer vanes disappear into the head rail for a completely unobstructed view.  These shades also come with a lifetime warranty and are offered in a variety of colors and two vane sizes, 2 and 3 inch.  The up and coming design of these sheer shades are sure to leave a lasting impression in your home.  Speak to one of our friendly blind consultants today to find out which Timber product is right for you!  We are here Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm EST to serve you, toll free at 1-888-305-8020.

Trending this Thursday: Give Your Window Treatments A Makeover

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Feeling inspired for a change?  Most often, a change in your window blinds and shades can be just what your room needs!  Skip the mess of painting and the expense of new furniture, simply revamp the look of your home with updated window treatments.  With several options to choose from, Blindsmax.com is sure to have that perfect shade for every room!

Check out these rooms that were spruced up with new window treatments:

Top Down Bottom Up Cellular Shades give your window the clean look that draperies and curtains sometimes cannot.  These shades are also energy efficient and excellent for superior light control.


 

Natural Woven Wood Shades, such as Graber’s Tradewinds Natural Shades, can bring that coastal and organic feel into your home.  Add a piece of driftwood for your coffee table centerpiece and some fresh throw pillows and your room will offer a whole new ambiance.

Even adding a vertical shade to your open patio window can provide privacy as well as a fresh look.  Check out our vertical blinds and shades to view the different options for patio and sliding glass doors.

With Blindsmax’s everyday low prices, renovating your space is doable on a budget.  Call and talk to one of our friendly Blind Consultants today to find out more!  Toll free at 888-305-8020.

 

 

Blindsmax’s Low Price Match Guarantee

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Truth or Dare?  DARE.  We dare you to find better pricing on blinds and window shades!

Did you know that here at Blindsmax.com, we guarantee to have the lowest pricing around.  In fact,  if you can find the same product for a price that is lower than ours we will match the price plus 10% of the difference, provided it’s verifiable via the internet.  Of course, the product does have to be the same brand and all of the options will also have to match.  But we are so confident that we offer our customers the best pricing out there, if you find the same product at a lesser price somewhere else, we will price match and give you an additional discount!  Just one extra step Blindsmax.com takes in making sure we provide our customer’s with the best pricing and customer service in the industry.

Blindsmax also offers these services to our customers:

Want to learn more about our Low Price Guarantee?  Give our friendly sales team a call today toll free at 1-888-305-8020, we’re here to help Monday through Friday 9am ’til 5pm EST.

Freshen Up Fridays: 7 ways to Revive your Summer Style on a Budget!

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Want to spruce up your digs for the summer but also want to keep that extra cash for a weekend roadtrip?

Blindsmax.com brings you 7 quick and easy ways to spice up your decor for summertime!  Some are free of charge and some may cause you to dig just a little into that summer getaway fund, but either way, you’re sure to set the tone for summer in your home this year.

 

  1.  Throw in some vibrant colored blankets and pillows to bring new life to your cozy chair or sofa.  A hint of color can be a breath of fresh air!

2.  Give that wooden chair that has been stowed away in your office a fresh coat of paint and you’ll have a nice accent piece for the hallway or foyer.

3.  Next time you’re at Walmart or Target, check out their selection of outdoor rugs in the garden/patio section.  They are usually under $35 and can easily engage that summer vibe  on the back porch.

4.  One of the best and FREE ways to add color to any room is fresh cut flowers!  Go on a summer drive, collect some on the way, then simply put them in a glass cylinder or vase once you get back home.  The great thing about these other than the cost is that you can refresh them as often as you like!

5.  Another idea that is free of charge to you is letting the natural light in.  Natural light can do wonders for a room.  And if you have your windows opened as well.. nothing says summertime in your home like fresh summer air.

6.   And don’t forget about Fido!  Use chicken stock and water to freeze all of his favorite treats and playtoys into an unconventional water bowl that will keep him entertained and hydrated for hours on those warm sunny days!

7.  Lastly, if you have revamped with all the suggestions above and are just still wanting that finishing touch for summer.  Upgrade some of your older blinds with the TOP/DOWN BOTTOM/UP style shades.  These shades allow for optimal light control and privacy.  Move them up when the sun rises and down when the sun sets in the afternoon.  The Top/Down Bottom/Up options gives your room that modern and clean look that is sure to harmonize with your new summer renovations!  Give us a call today to find out more.  Our staff are here to assist you Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm EST, toll free at 888-305-8020.

The Levolor Pledge: What you need to know, right now!

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I think all of us have entertained the worry about ordering custom blinds… what if I measure wrong?  What if the colors and fabric don’t work with my existing décor?  What if I order an inside mount, and I actually needed an outside mount?

Well, rest assured that Blindsmax.com and Levolor have your back!

Order with confidence from the only company in the United States that will replace your blinds if you mis-measured or simply are not 100% satisfied with your blinds or shades.

How does the Levolor Pledge work?

Once you receive your Levolor blinds, if for any reason they do not fit in your window or you simply are not happy with them, give the friendly Blind Experts at Blindsmax a call.  From that point, we will go over your concerns and questions about your recent Levolor blinds purchase and decide upon a plan of action.  We will then contact Levolor on your behalf and do all the work for you to get the blinds of your choice, of equal or lesser value, replaced and promptly shipped out to you!  If your new selections are at a higher cost than your original order, just pay the difference, we will take care of the rest!  This procedure must be completed within the 30-day window which Levolor allows.  That is 30-days from the time you receive your order, not from the time you place your order with Blindsmax.

It’s that simple.  So how can Levolor just replace your blinds if you don’t like them?  Simply stated, Levolor stands behind their products and are committed to providing 100% Satisfaction to their customers.  So much so that they also offer a “Full 10 Year Warranty Coverage” with all of their products.  Call and speak to one of the members of our friendly Blindsmax.com staff today to learn more!  You can reach us toll free at 1-888-305-8020 Monday through Friday 9am until 5pm EST.

Do as the Romans Do: Up your style ante with Fabric Roman Shades

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Some styles and trends are simply timeless, they survive the ups and downs of their culture and continue to resurface again and again through the rollercoaster ride of interior decorating.  Fabric Roman Shades are no exception to this rule.  In the days of Ancient Rome, Romans would hang cloths in their windows to keep dust from unpaved roads and constant construction from filling their homes.  They then realized they had hit a spark of genius when these coverings also blocked out those hot rays of sunshine.  It was at this time that window coverings of all different types made their breakthrough.

Surprisingly, despite their small beginnings, Roman Shades originated upon the basis of the basic fundamentals of window coverings:  provide privacy, block out the sun and provide a cooler interior temperature.  The amenities they provided for the Romans are still the same ones they continue to provide for us today.  Flash forward to present day, and we simply have a much larger variety for color and fabrics.  We can also choose from several different styles such as Flat Style, Hobbled, and European Style.

Roman Shades 101:  Different Styles of Roman Shades

Flat Style Roman Shades

Flat Style Roman Shades provide a clean and simple look with the overlapping at the bottom of the shade.  Patterned fabrics are best used with this style of Roman Shades.  Flat Roman Style Shades give an unconstructed crisp appearance to any room.

 

Levolor’s Hobbled Roman Shades offer a timeless and classic look for our customers with a more traditional style.  Offered in 192 fabrics and colors, it is easier than ever to find the perfect color to match your coordinating pillows and throw.  Liven up your space with bright colors and patterned fabrics.  And as always, you can order as many fabric samples you need free of charge until you find the perfect one!

 

European Style Roman Shades
Our Phase II European Style Roman Shades give any window in your home that elegant and relaxed feel.  Much like the flat style roman shades, the European style roman shades have the clean and unconstructed flat panel from top to bottom.  However the European style offers the customer a “slouched” upward curve shape at the bottom which makes for an hourglass figure when raised.  The European is considered to be more of a decorative treatment, rather to be drawn and set to a specific length, rather than to be for everyday use.

 

Fabric Shades in general have remained in the most popular category among window coverings.  The feel and appearance of fabric window shades set themselves apart in a species all their own.  Want to know more about Roman Shades and the benefits they can offer your room?  Contact one of our Blindsmax.com Experts today!  Toll free at 888-305-8020.  We will be happy to help!

 

 

Top 3 Rooms for Fauxwood Blinds: Affordable and Stylish!

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pictures of faux wood blindsKitchens, Bathrooms, and Man Caves… oh my!  Are you surprised at the top 3 areas for fauxwood blinds?  Here’s the breakdown…

Kitchens

Kitchens are known to be high moisture areas.  Fauxwood blinds are manufactured to be warp resistant again water and moisture, so they are perfect for areas such as the kitchen that see a lot of water action.  Fauxwood blinds are also easy to clean and very affordable.  Get the look of wood blinds for a fraction of the cost!

Bathrooms

Much like kitchens, bathrooms also see a lot of moisture.  Hence, why fauxwood blinds are perfect for the bathroom as well.  Fauxwood blinds are also excellent for privacy as well as humidity.  So they may be just the right type of blind for that window over your whirlpool tub!

Man Caves

A recent trend we are seeing here at Blindsmax.com is the selection of fauxwood blinds with cloth tapes in our customer’s man caves.  The stain and paint colors offered in the fauxwood collections give the room a real wood feel. Choose from one of our many cloth tapes to accent your current décor as well as your hardwood floors.

 

Fauxwood blinds can work for about any room, but as you can see they really reach their full potential in high traffic and high humidity and moisture areas.  Call and speak to one of our friendly Blindsmax.com Customer Care representatives today to find out more!