6 Child- and Pet-Safe Window Treatments

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If you have children (or pets!) at home, you know hanging cords can pose a risk to curious little explorers. Here are six of our favorite child and pet-friendly options for window treatments to make your windows safer:


The easiest way to make shades safe is to remove the cords altogether! These shades have no loose strings, making them a perfect option for anyone with young children. 


These coverings can be controlled from anywhere, making them a great option for those with unsupervised pets at home.


This sturdy option is stylish, easy to use, and completely cordless. If your windows are particularly close to the ground, use shutter magnets or another tool to keep the lower set tightly closed to protect your little one’s hands.

Vertical blinds with wand

These blinds are closed using a wand that hangs at the perfect height for adults, staying well out of the way of adventurous little hands.

Faux wood

This material is stronger than flimsy vinyl or aluminum, making it easier to stand up against your pet’s chewing or scratches.

Wide slats

This treatment gives your pet plenty of space to gaze outside while you’re away, making it less likely that a noise from outside will rile them up and have them scratching at the windows.

Do you see a solution that will work for you? Give us a call at (512) 459-6561 and set up your consultation today!

How to Clean Your Window Treatments

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At ABC, we have a wide selection of window treatments to choose from– no two are exactly alike, so you’re sure to find something that matches both your budget and your taste! One important consideration, however, is maintenance. Each window covering will need to be cleaned in a different way to ensure that you’re getting the most out of the product. Here are some tips on how to clean your windows depending on their type:   


Wood/Faux Wood

  • Dust both sides of slats with soft cloth or chemically-treated dust cloth
  • For stubborn dirt, dampen a soft cloth (do NOT saturate!), wipe, and open slats to air dry


  • Gently vacuum with duster attachment
  • For stubborn dirt, treat the way you would wood blinds



  • Gently vacuum with duster attachment
  • Stubborn stains can be spot cleaned with a sponge and mild dish detergent– just make sure not to rub the fabric!


  • Gently vacuum with duster attachment or use handheld vacuum with brush attachment
  • Spot clean with soft cloth and mild dish detergent– do not saturate the fabric!


  • Gently vacuum with brush attachment on lowest possible setting

Roller (Vinyl)

  • Wipe down with sponge and mild detergent and extend fully to air dry
  • Remove shades and cover with warm water mixed with a few pumps of mild dish soap in bathtub; gently clean with brush and allow to air dry fully before rehanging

Panel Track

  • Vacuum with dust brush attachment


Experts disagree on the best method for cleaning fabric drapes and curtains. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure the fabric is safe to be either machine-washed or dry cleaned, but in general, regular vacuuming and spot cleaning should suffice to keep your fabric coverings in good condition.

Have any questions about window treatments? Whether you’re looking for a quote or just exploring a new option, we’ve got you covered! Give us a call at (512) 459-6561 to set up a free consultation today!

Are Your Windows Ready for Winter?

winter windows

As winter approaches, it’s important to make sure that your home and windows are prepared for cold weather! We may not get much snow in Texas, but harsh winter winds as well as icy sleet and rain can still cause damage if you’re not careful. Here are a few things you can do to ensure your windows are ready for the coming months:

Make sure they’re covered

Window coverings are one of the simplest ways to control the temperature in your home. If the weather in your area is particularly cold, consider layering up your window treatments by adding a thermal lining under your drapes or shades to block the initial gusts of cold air.

Control humidity

The contrast between the cold air outside and warmer air in your home can cause a buildup of condensation. To prevent this, control the humidity in your home by opening windows or doors briefly, or using an exhaust fan to improve air circulation in the room.

Prevent drafts

Keep cold air from entering your home by caulking any exposed areas around doors or windows. You can also fix minor drafts with insulation tape or foam. Additionally, don’t forget to lock your windows! Unlocked windows can be another sneaky way for cold air to enter a room.

Add insulation

If you live in an area that gets particularly cold, you may want to add another layer of insulation on your windows. Window wrap kits are widely available and easy to use yourself: simply tape the plastic sheets in place and then use a hair dryer to shrink the sheets to fit your windows.

Looking for the perfect window treatment to keep you warm all winter long? We’re here to help! Give us a call at (512) 459-6561 to set up a consultation today!

5 Ways to Update Draperies for Fall


We love draperies for the elegance and versatility they bring to any room. As summer begins to fade away and fall approaches, here are five quick ways to update your curtains for the upcoming season:


Opt for velvet or a heavier fabric to add a luxuriously warm and cozy feel to any room.

Color palette

Pair warm, earthy shades with bold jewel tones.


Update your curtain rod and other hardware in a warm metallic shade like gold or brass, or opt for a matte black that looks stylish all year round!


Finials (the ends of curtain rods) and tiebacks can both be a quick way to update the look of your window treatment! Play with color and texture to provide a fun contrast from the fabric of your curtains.


If all else fails, just give your drapes a thorough cleaning to have them looking good as new! Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that you’re treating the fabric correctly.

Are you ready to give your draperies an autumn makeover? Give us a call at (512) 459-6561 to set up your consultation today!

6 Window Treatments that Can Help Lower Your Energy Bills

window treatments

As Texans, we know better than anyone just how hot summers can get! Here at ABC, we offer a variety of window treatments that will fit your personal taste and take your windows to the next level– but did you know that the right one can also help you save money? Read on for some information on our favorite window solutions and how they can lower your energy bill if used effectively:


The simplest and most effective way to save energy is by installing shades. If properly mounted close to the window and adjacent wall, shades create a seal that traps hot air and prevents heat loss and gain. Opting for a dual sided shade with a darker and lighter side will also increase functionality, allowing you to flip the shades to retain or dispel heat as the weather changes. This treatment is incredibly versatile overall: shades come in a variety of colors, sizes, and fabrics.


Reflective blinds, especially those that are white or another light color, have been proven to reduce solar heat gain. This option is effective for both the interiors and exterior of your home. Blinds allow you to be flexible with light, ventilation, and privacy.


Drapes, like shades, can be incredibly effective at retaining and dispelling heat if mounted properly. The material and color of your fabric will play a key role in keeping warm air in during the winter and out during the summer.

Awnings & Roof Overhangs

Awnings and roof overhangs are both great choices to elevate your backyard space and beat the heat during the summer months! These options are proven to significantly reduce solar heat, while also trapping heat during the winter. This action helps warm the interior of your home. Work with a professional to determine which option is right for your house.

High Reflectivity Film

If you live in an area with short winters, high reflectivity film can be a great solution for large windows! This reflective covering keeps heat out of your home all year long, especially when using an option that is more opaque and mirror-like. 

Mesh Screens

Though it may seem unlikely, mesh screens actually work to dispel heat by diffusing solar radiation. This option is best used on exteriors, and is a great choice for any large windows or glass doors that receive lots of light.

Ready to install window treatments that work for you? Give us a call at (512) 459-6561 to set up your consultation today!