Create a new look for your windows with organic bamboo blinds. Although bamboo window treatments have become popular as a green design alternative, bamboo shades and blinds have been around for a long, long time.
The Advantages of Organic Bamboo Blinds
Bamboo is a natural material that's durable and eco-friendly. Used for decades in outdoor applications, like on decks and around pools, organic bamboo blinds can be used indoors to create a finished look at an affordable price. New bamboo window treatments aren't your mother's roll up shades. Bamboo is becoming a 21st century product that's as at home as a floor covering as it is as a silky upholstery fabric on your couch.
Bamboo is a renewable resource that grows quickly and can be cultivated with fewer pesticides and less processing than many other crops. It's also 100 percent biodegradable. Harvested bamboo fields don't have to be reseeded, either. Bamboo grows from a dense underground root system, making it a crop that is self-renewing, insuring a low environmental impact. It can be used in narrow woody slats or straw-like strips, and can be reduced to a pulp and spun into fabric.
Bamboo blinds are available in the same styles you would typically find for wood blinds, but bamboo is lighter than most woods and naturally thermo efficient. Bamboo is also available in woven grass designs. Matchstick bamboo blinds can block up to 99 percent of sunlight entering a room, keeping you cooler than drapes or thin synthetic blinds. This reduces your dependence on air conditioning. Its light blocking ability is also a great feature if you want to keep the light out of a bedroom where someone sleeps during the daylight hours, or a media room where bleed-through window light can ruin your carefully planned Sunday matinee.
Bamboo products can also help to improve air quality. Pressed woods and many synthetic materials contribute pollution to your indoor air by off-gassing formaldehyde and other hazardous chemicals. Off-gassing is a process by which chemical compounds present in non-metallic processed products, like furniture and flooring, evaporate into the air over time. Using organic materials in your home décor can help reduce the impact of poor air quality from off-gassing on your family and pets.
Cleaning Bamboo Blinds
Regular maintenance will be enough to keep most bamboo window treatments in good shape. Vacuum regularly with a soft brush, or wipe with a damp cloth. For big cleaning jobs, remove blinds and clean them according to the manufacturer's instructions. Usually this will mean a dunk in the tub or a once over with the spray hose and a sponge down with a mild detergent or wood soap.
You may be familiar with bamboo blinds that have a casual almost careless look, but modern decorator styles using bamboo are becoming more common. From horizontal wood-look blinds to shades resembling woven reeds or grasses, bamboo can look like fine wood, grass, fabric or even paper. Bamboo is a flexible material that can be worked into either an elegant or casual window treatment. Another advantage is that the finish and grain lines in bamboo will mellow with age, taking on a deeper and richer patina; all of this in an easy care, long lasting product.
Bamboo blinds and shades come in a number of lengths and can be custom fit. Simpler string woven varieties can even be cut by hand, eliminating the need for expensive installation.
Although composite bamboo resists sun and moisture warping, if you are planning on installing organic bamboo blinds in a bathroom or over a kitchen sink, read the manufacturer's materials carefully before you buy.