The original “window treatments” were purely functional. They acted as a barrier to the cold in the winter and the heat in the summer. The functionality of window treatments has diminished some what as homes have improved but they still remain popular as a decorative enhancement. Window treatments bring together the thematic elements of colors and designs in a living space.

Croscill Bedding was the first company to offer decorative window treatments that matched their bedding sets. The first matching patterns that Croscill offered were known as “Arsenic and Old lace”, coined from a popular Cary Grant movie. Historically these first breakthrough ideas from Croscill have made them one of the most popular names in bedroom themes. Today you can get and entire decorative motif from Croscill that spans from bedroom to bathroom. Croscill is also known for bringing decorating to the household, allowing the average person to elegantly decorate their living area without laying out huge expenditures on a professional decorator. Other companies soon followed suit, and today you can find window treatments for every room and any style imaginable. Many companies now offer patterns in similar color schemes which can be mixed and matched to suit a variety of tastes.

Most bedding retailers offer coordinating window treatments and bedding ensembles, making it easy to find the perfect theme to fit your imagination. Thomasville offers several sizes and styles of draperies with a variety of matching valances to compete in the window treatments industry. Croscill also continues to deliver matching draperies and valances.

For people who like coordinating window treatments but don’t want too much of the same pattern, a company called RLF Home specializes in unique window treatments. RLF is known for their luxurious fabrics, fashionable designs, and creative embellishments. RLF’s Home Line offers 25 valance styles available in over 500 fabrics. Their wide variety of window treatments can be coordinated with their matching pillows, shower curtains or other bedroom accessories they offer.

For the smaller budget, a company called Victorian Heart offers affordable and stylish straight valances. Victorian Heart specializes in quilts, but their window treatments have proved to be a great success for the smaller budgeted decorating themes.

Another popular window treatment design is lace. Lace is a classic and ever popular choice for windows. Lace panels are always in style and are a great way to get a moderate amount of window coverage without blocking out all of the light. The most popular company for fine lace treatments is Heritage Lace. Heritage caters to all tastes, offering styles from very traditional to chic and modern. Mixing sheer Heritage Lace curtains with RLF Home valances creates a great looking mix of modern and classic styles.

Decorating your windows should be a fun experience. With so many offerings on the board you can easily pick out and affordable and beautiful mix that will fit your existing plan. In addition many quality e-commerce retailers, such as aj MOSS, offer all of these manufacturers at one location, allowing the customer to deal straight with one retailer to decorate their living space.

When cleaning windows it’s not always what you see is what you get! Some window cleaning chemicals won’t leave streaks right away but after a good drying period a dull film will start to appear. This usually occurs if the window cleaning solution has added chemicals that won’t evaporate and are left as a residue on the glass. When purchasing a good window cleaning chemical or solution it is usually best to purchase products that are ammonia based. Ammonia based products will evaporate quickly and not leave any residue. Concentrated glass cleaners are great for use in climates where the temperature changes, especially if you are using them outdoors. A concentrated glass cleaner can be diluted with the correct amount of water for the amount of moisture in the air and the ambient temperature. Mix in more water for hot and dry climates and less water for cooler moist climates. By using this method you can really cut down on those window streaks.

Another good tool to use when cleaning windows is a window squeegee. Window squeegees don’t leave lint and can quickly remove any cleaning solution from your glass. Window squeegees come in many sizes and styles. For residential window cleaning a disposable window squeegee is the way to go. Disposable window squeegees do a great job and are very economical. When the rubber squeegee blade starts to break down and disintegrate just throw it away, and purchase a new one. Professional window cleaners and janitorial personal are likely to use a professional window squeegee with a replaceable squeegee blade. On these types of squeegees when the rubber blade starts to disintegrate you can just replace the rubber, retaining the original handle and channel. Professional window squeegee handles are made from many different materials such as stainless steel, plastic and brass. Brass will usually hold up better than other materials and won’t rust. Window squeegees come in many sizes ranging from 12 inches to four feet. Some companies have tried to produce window squeegees over four feet but they are too hard to control and are too heavy for one person to use. Most professional window squeegees come in three sections, the squeegee handle, the squeegee channel, and the squeegee blade.

Window washers are great for cleaning stains on windows such as bugs, bird droppings, and tar. Window washers are basically a semi abrasive towel attached to a handle and shaped like a window squeegee. The pad or towel on a window washer is usually made from cotton enclosed in a nylon net. The nylon netting is made to quickly remove the toughest of stains.