Snap-in Between-the-glass Window Fashions Operation and Cleaning


How-to change the snap-in blinds, shades, or decorative panels between the glass on Designer Series products with a hinged glass panel; How-to remove the window fashions for easier cleaning; how-to clean blind, shades and decorative panels.


FYINOTE: It's important to remember when reinstalling the shade to have the operator positioned opposite the shade. If the shade is in the "up" position, the operator must be all the way down for successful operation.

Cleaning Slimshade® Blinds

FYI Raise-and-lower or tilt-only: Should your between-the-glass blinds need cleaning, first make sure the blinds are in the horizontal (open) position, then open the hinged glass panel (see related video). To remove dust, use a vacuum cleaner with the upholstery brush attachment. You can remove smudges, fingerprints, etc. with a damp cloth or carefully remove the blinds from the unit and immerse the blinds in a tub or tray of lukewarm water and mild detergent. Rinse them with clear water, then let them air-dry completely before reinstalling and closing the hinged glass panel.

Cleaning Fabric Shades

Begin by opening the hinged glass panel (see related video). If your shades become dusty, use a vacuum cleaner with the upholstery brush attachment. (Smudges, fingerprints, etc. can be carefully removed with a damp cloth.) Never use cleaners with ammonia — they will damage the fabric. If there are any exposed threads, trim them and seal them with a fray-check solution (available at most fabric stores) to reduce fraying. Once they are clean and dry, raise the shades before closing the hinged glass panel.

FYINOTE: To maintain the shade’s crisp, pressed appearance, raise it completely open and leave it raised for a couple of hours at least once a week. To remove wrinkles, a hand-held travel-size steamer is best.

Cleaning Decorative Panels

Always clean your decorative panels in a reasonably cool, dry area. Do not clean them in the hot sun or elevated temperatures.

Open the hinged glass panel on your window (see related video), and then snap out your decorative panels. Remove dust and dirt with a soft cloth or a sponge dipped in a solution of mild soap and water. You can also use a 50:50 solution of isopropyl alcohol and water. Next, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and carefully blot dry with a soft, damp cloth. Rubbing the panels with a dry cloth can scratch the material. Never use scrapers or squeegees on the panels.

CautionCAUTION: Do not allow panels to soak in water. Only use the cleaning solutions listed above. NEVER use scouring compounds, sandpaper, gasoline, benzene, acetone, carbon tetrachloride, de-icing fluids, mineral spirits, lacquer thinner, Armor All®, Lysol®, Simple Green®, wood wash, MEK or other strong solvents, WD-40®, vegetable oil, Lime-A-Way®, or highly alkaline or abrasive cleaning agents. Do not power-wash.

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This article applies to:

Product Styles

  • Awning
  • Casement
  • Double-Hung
  • Hinged Patio Doors
  • Sliding Patio Doors


  • Aluminum-Clad Wood

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