Keeping the warm summer or cold winter air away from your windows with curtains and blinds from Frazerhurst is the best way to control the temperature in your home.

Curtains and Blinds create a pocket of air between them and the window, holding the adverse conditions at bay.

How curtains are installed is more important than their material or thickness; Ensure your curtains and blinds form a good seal against all sides of your window frame.

Even traditional net curtains are OK at keeping heat in, as they generally sit quite close to the window. Floor-length curtains are more effective than windowsill-length curtains as they disrupt the downward movement of cool air.

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Do you have an asthma sufferer in your family? Natural products, such as linen, cotton and wool, will absorb the moisture in your home better than man-made fibres making a dryer allergen-free home. Luckily there are many beautiful choices of Natural fabrics available at Frazerhurst, including some New Zealand- made options.

Care and cleaning for prevention.

We often get asked how to get rid of mould and mildew stains but this is really the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. What you need to do is work on your prevention.

Dust your window dressings with a clean feather or microfiber duster and vacuum regularly with a low suction – soft brush attachment.

If you find you need to spot-clean, use a clean, soft cloth in a little lukewarm water with a mild detergent (such as dish washing liquid) well rung out so the cloth is just damp. It is best to dab at the mark, rather than scrubbing.

With Rollershades, small marks can often be removed by a light rub with a rubber eraser.

Aluminium and Polymer Venetian blinds, such as Masterwoods®, can be immersed in water with mild detergent and moved around gently but do not immerse the head rail and make sure you hang them fully-opened for thorough drying.

Timber blinds and Shutters, such as Countrywoods®, should NOT be in contact with water. If you have e-cote™ lacquer, you will need to regularly apply silicone-free furniture polish.

Whisper® honeycomb and Pleated blinds can also be immersed but not the Nightfall or Midnight options. Ensure you tilt to drain the water and rehang in the fully open position to dry. To preserve pleat retention, raise the blind regularly.

If you would like to discuss your options for healthy home window treatments, come down to Frazerhurst showroom at 146 Lower Dent Street and meet the team. Customers come first at Frazerhurst©.