Learn How to Measure Your Windows

Learn how to measure properly for blinds, shades and other window coverings.

Learn how to Measure for Window Fashions
Learn how to Measure for Window Fashions


Measuring Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do measure the exact window intended for the treatment. Each window opening is unique!
  • Do use a 3⁄4″ or 1″ steel tape measure.
  • Do measure the width and write it down; then measure the height and write it down as window measurements are communicated in width x height.
  • Do measure to the nearest 1⁄8″.
  • Don’t assume a window is square. Standard measuring procedures apply to all products that fit rectangular windows unless otherwise specified.
  • Specialty shapes and applications require special measuring procedures. When in doubt, please contact your Window Fashions Specialist to take proper measurements!

Inside Mount or Outside Mount?

Inside (IB) Mount – Shade fits within window frame.

  • Be sure to measure the depth of your window, as this may determine what types of window coverings could be installed in your window (because of the depth of the mounting bracket).
  • Measure the width inside the window opening at the top, middle and bottom. The top measurement is critical because the headrail must fit! Vertical applications require a top measurement only; middle and bottom measurements are not required.
  • Measure the height inside the window opening at the left, right and center.
  • Measure the window on the diagonal. If the two diagonal dimensions are not exactly the same, it may be necessary to specify an outside mount for optimal light control and privacy.

Outside (OB) Mount – Shade overlaps window opening.

  • Measure the desired width and height. To minimize light leakage, the shade should overlap the window opening at least 2″ on each side and at the bottom.
  • When measuring the height, take into account the requirements for mounting the bracket attachment.

When taking measurements for cutouts, skylights or specialty shaped windows, please consult your Window Fashions Specialist.

Flooring Care and Maintenance

To protect your flooring and prolong its lifespan, regular maintenance and cleanings are required. The information on this page is organized by flooring type. You can also download a four page PDF (over in the right column) which contains the same information in an easily printable format.


Download Care and Maintenance Guide
Download Care & Maintenance Guide

In heavily traveled areas carpet receives the most wear. To preserve the appearance and prolong the lifespan of your carpet, maintenance should be performed on a regular basis. We recommend that in order to limit the dirt and debris found in your carpet, different vacuum settings should be used depending on the type of carpet installed.

  • Cut Piles (Saxony, Frieze, and Velvet) should be vacuumed using a beater bar setting.
  • Berber or Loop piles should be vacuumed regularly with a straight suction setting.

The following are other tips that can help minimize your cleaning if done on a regular basis:

  • Remove spots as soon as something is spilled or tracked on the carpet. Never rub at a stain, instead blot the area with water and stain remover or use a professional dry cleaning product to remove small stains. If spills are not attended to they may become permanent.
  • Use mats or throw rugs in entryways and outside the house to collect dirt and debris, preventing it from reaching your carpet’s surface.
  • Wear indoor shoes or slippers to prevent body oils from transferring to your carpet. Oily soil may be very difficult to remove after it has been on the carpet for a while and may be actually absorbed into the fiber, damaging the carpet.
  • Occasionally rearrange your furniture and area rugs to minimize damage from traffic patterns and sunlight exposure.
  • To minimize fading, prevent direct exposure to sunlight. Take extra precaution with southern exposure windows as they are exposed to the highest degree of sunlight in Saskatoon.

It is important to have your carpets cleaned once every 1 to 2 years by a reputable professional cleaner, as care must be taken not to over-wet your carpets.


In order to maintain your resilient flooring appearance, the following maintenance tips should be performed on a regular basis. We recommend that you sweep or vacuum frequently to remove any dirt and debris that may scratch your floor. Other regular maintenance tasks include:

  • For spills that may occur, attend to them promptly using a slightly damp to avoid staining.
  • Use mats or throw rugs in entryways and outside the house to prevent dirt and debris from scratching your resilient.

Regularly wash your flooring using the manufacturer’s suggested non-rinse detergent solutions, and nylon scouring pads in difficult areas. Refrain from using steel wool scouring pads, as they will scratch your floor. If the gloss level is minimal, reapply the manufacturer’s polish or finish and buff to restore your floor’s gloss.


Maintaining the elegance and character of your hardwood floors has never been easier. For regular maintenance we recommend sweeping with a soft bristle broom or vacuuming as dirt and debris can collect in the bevelled edges of your hardwood. The following are tips that can help minimize your cleaning if done on a regular basis:

  • For spills that may occur, attend to them promptly using a dry or slightly damp cloth.
  • Do not use resilient or tile floor care products on wood floors, as they will cause your wood surface to become slippery or appear dull.
  • Use mats or throw rugs in entryways and outside the house to prevent dirt and debris from scratching your hardwood.
  • When cleaning your hardwood do not use a wet mop as water can dull the finish and damage the wood.
  • With a Urethane Finish you must not wax your hardwood. However, with a Waxed Finish you must wash your hardwood with a manufacturer’s cleaner in order to strip the old wax, and then reapply a new coat of non-water based wax.
  • Refrain from walking on your hardwood while wearing sports shoes or high heels as the impact could dent the floors surface.

On a regular basis you should also use a manufacturer’s cleaner that is designed specifically for hardwood. Refrain from using commercial cleaners that contain a dye or that have a high percentage of water content as they can damage your flooring by leaving a layer of residue. To determine which products are appropriate for your hardwood, please ask your Design Consultant.


The easiest way to protect the realistic beauty of your laminate flooring is by vacuuming, dust mopping or using a damp cloth on a routine basis. For spills, we recommend using a dry or slightly damp cloth. On a regular basis use a designated laminate flooring cleaner to clean your floors. Refrain from using soap based detergents as they can leave a dull residue on your floor. After washing, allow enough time to dry because like other smooth surfaces laminate becomes slippery when wet.


To maintain the appearance of your cork floors, regular maintenance is necessary. We recommend that in addition to sweeping or vacuuming your cork floors, you should also wash your floors using a damp mop. Do not use soap-based detergent. Instead, on a regular basis use either a manufacturer’s cork flooring cleaning solution or a wood flooring solution diluted with water. Do not use oils or wax to buff your flooring, instead use a non-wax finish to protect the appearance of your floor.


For extra protection of your ceramic or stone grout, you should apply an acrylic grout sealer to you flooring and especially in areas susceptible to moisture. We recommend that you sweep or vacuum frequently to remove any dirt and debris that may scratch your floor. The following are tips that can help minimize your regular cleaning:

  • To collect additional dirt and debris, place mats or throw rugs in entryways and outside the house.
  • Attend to spills promptly using a dry or slightly damp cloth.

Regularly wash your flooring using an alkaline cleaner and either a nylon scouring pad or a brush for difficult areas. Refrain from using steel wool scouring pads and an abrasive or acidic cleaner as they can damage your tiles and grout. After washing with the alkaline cleaner, rinse the surface with clean water to remove any remaining residue. After your tiles have been washed, refrain from walking on the surface as high gloss tiles become slippery when wet.


To minimize the wear and tear that your area rugs may encounter, proper maintenance is required. The single best way to prolong the life of your area rug is to purchase a non-slip rug pad. Not only will this minimize your risk of slipping, but it will also lessen the wear that doors or other moving surfaces may have on your area rug (no curling edges).

Regular vacuuming and rotating the rug is necessary to prevent uneven wear. If long carpet fibres are visible on the surface on your area rug, refrain from pulling them out. Instead, carefully clip the long ends even with the rug’s surface. Periodically clean your area rugs with a steam cleaner.

To clean spills or spots, blot the designated area with a clean sponge or cloth. Refrain from rubbing the surface as it can cause the yarns to fray. Ask your Design Consultant to recommend a proper solvent to use to remove tough stains from your area rug.

Window Fashion Care and Cleaning

Learn about the care and cleaning of your window fashions. Proper care will help your window coverings last longer.

Download Care and Maintenance Guide
Download Care & Maintenance Guide

Soft Window Treatments

Most soft alternative window treatments do not require frequent cleaning.

  • Dusting: A light dusting with a vacuum cleaner brush attachment on a regular basis will keep them looking new for years.
  • Vacuuming: For deeper cleaning, vacuum gently with a brush attachment of any vacuum cleaner. Most products may be vacuumed using a vertical stroke. However, do not use a brush attachment with Hunter Douglas Luminette® Privacy Sheers.
  • Spot Cleaning: Spot-clean shades and blinds with a soft cloth or sponge moistened with lukewarm water. Add mild detergent if needed. Blot gently to avoid creasing or damaging the fabric. Rubbing can damage fabrics. Spot cleaning may result in cleaner areas.

Stain-Finished Wood Blinds

Water may damage the surface, so use lemon oil or wood preservative to clean. Clean using a dry and soft feather duster, clean cloth, dust cloth or dusting mitt. A vacuum with the soft brush attachment can also be used. Ultrasonic cleaning or use of chemical solvents and scrubbing cleansers are not recommended, as they will damage the product. Protect all fine wood products from exposure to steam or high-moisture areas, rain or outside irrigation systems to ensure their long life.

When cleaning any window, spray glass cleaner on a cloth rather than spraying directly on the window. This will prevent damage to the wood finish by splattering cleaner.

Faux Wood or Vinyl Products

Do not use abrasive cleaners or chemical solvents, as they will scratch or damage the surface. To reduce static cling and help repel dust, wipe the product with a dryer sheet.

Aluminum Horizontal Blinds

Use an over-the-counter blind cleaner with a soft cloth.

Vinyl and Aluminum Vertical Blinds

Reduce build-up of static electricity by applying a very thin film of detergent on all slats and vanes.

  • Bathtub Cleaning/Water Immersion: This method is only recommended for some window coverings. Please consult with your Window Fashion Specialist before using this method.
    1. Immerse entire shade assembly in lukewarm water with mild detergent. Wash for five minutes by gently moving liquid around with your fingers. Important! Do not immerse headrail systems in water.
    2. Rinse with clean water.
    3. Close shade before removing from rinse water.
    4. Hold rails and tilt shade to allow excess water to drip off.
    5. Re-install damp shade into window opening.
    6. Lower shade all the way to allow it to dry completely.
  • Ultrasonic Cleaning: Professional ultrasonic cleaning is recommended for several products. Please consult your Window Fashion Specialist before using this method.
  • On-Site Injection and Extraction Cleaning System: This type of cleaning injects a cleaning solution into the fabric and extracts the dirty solution in the same motion. It is a very effective way to deep clean your window treatments and should only be done by trained professionals. The service is typically performed in the home so there is no need to remove the window treatments.

Information provided by HunterDouglas.

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