Every now and then I am contacted by clients who have old curtains and blinds that they have had for a while, but want to update. It’s not that they don’t like them any more, but they have started to look a bit aged and suffering from the effects of modern houses – with condensation being a big issue for some.
A big problem that we all find in the autumn and winter months is one of condensation. As the cold comes outside, we tend to shut all windows and doors and batten down the hatches. Of course, this lack of ventilation means that condensation becomes more of an issue.
Everyday cooking, boiling the kettle, showering and radiators being on causes humidity in your home that has nowhere to escape to. Windows, being cold surfaces on the outside, take the brunt of this extra water vapour. And what lives next to your window? That’s right – your curtains or roman blinds.
I am no stranger to this either. Here are some pictures of the blinds that I have up at my bedroom windows – you can quite clearly see that there are black dots that have appeared due to condensation.
Catch them in time and I can probably replace the lining on them, but leave it too late and you will soon find that the mould has crept round to the front and then you are looking to replace the whole blind or curtains – a much more costly affair.
Of course, the cause of the problem is still there. Yes, you could open windows more, but who wants an icy blast blowing round your bedroom?
Other tips to help that I have found include drying clothes outside (generally not possible in the winter); closing kitchen doors when cooking (umm, open plan kitchen/diner); closing bathroom door when showering (obviously, with a house full of teenagers); breathing less (ok, this one isn’t actually a suggestion but breathing is a contributing factor).
This autumn I spent some time looking for something to help me. As usual in these moments, I headed off to Amazon. I researched different window vacuums, reading the reviews, but found that many of them leaked the water that they had sucked up! That seemed a waste of time to me.
However I did find one brand that had great reviews – Karcher. It’s a name that is known for producing quality products, so I took the plunge and bought one.
Oh my word! My life has been transformed! Ok, that’s a slight exaggeration, but every morning for the past few years months I spent a couple of minutes vacuuming the windows in my kids bedrooms, which are by far the worst windows in the house, and that problem is gone.
I bought the cheapest of the Karcher models, as I wasn’t sure if it would make much of a difference. Whilst this cost me about £30-£35 (my memory fails me) but they have more advanced models ranging up to £70 or so. Which, when you come to think of it, is not a bad investment compared to having to replace blinds or curtains for several rooms.
I have just realised I may be doing myself out of some business here! But if you click on the picture this will take you to Amazon to view the product, and if you happen to buy I will receive a small bonus, so that will go towards keeping me whilst you make do with your window dressings that you are no longer going to ask me to replace. I hope that sounds fair…
If you find that your blinds or curtains have gone too far and need replacing, obviously I will be happy to quote, please feel free to contact me.
And in a month or so the sun will be out, we will all be outside enjoying the fresh air, and life will be happy.*
Until next time
*I am not a weather expert, just a hopeful person, so please don’t quote me on this or blame me if it is not true.