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Jul 29

Blind Appeal is a locally owned family run business. We are proud to have been serving Treasure Valley residents for more than ten years. Our team prides themselves in taking great care of our customers by bringing them the utmost quality blinds, shades, shutters, and custom draperies. Also, when working with our customers we like to bring plenty of samples and styles to choose from as it helps showcase our customer’s taste and style. One of the conveniences of working with our company is that all our representatives are mobile, and we can bring the showroom to our customers anywhere they are located throughout the Treasure Valley. And we provide free, no-obligation estimates for all our services. Here’s a closer look at some of the services we offer.


Window Coverings
At Blind Appeal, we are the local window covering experts. We’ll help you select top quality products with a lifetime warranty and we’ll ensure that installation is done right the first time. We have a wide variety of top brand custom blinds, draperies, shades, shutters, sliding panels, solar shades, motorization, window tint and privacy film to choose from.  We walk our customers through the selection process step by step and help you select the right products for your home by manufacturers that help you stretch every dollar even further.


House Cleaning
We’re so excited to announce our newest service to our customers: house cleaning. To celebrate, we’re offering a great introductory package that you’ll love. For a limited time, Blind Appeal will give you a free one-hour house cleaning session with any purchase of one or more hours, a $35 dollar value!


Window Cleaning
A professional home window clean will leave your windows glistening. Blind Appeal’s experts will not only ensure a clear view, but leave your windows sparkling clean, with no streaks, smudges, or water spots.


Pressure Washing
Pressure washing helps keep your home looking fresh. It’s great whether you are staying in your home long term or maybe even considering selling your home. A beautiful, clean home is only a phone call away!


Cobweb Cleaning
The best way to keep cobwebs out of the corners of your home is by dusting and vacuuming regularly. This removes spiders and their webs. And when those variables are eliminated, cobwebs can’t form. A good professional cobweb cleaning around your home is always a good idea, especially for those hard to reach areas.


Screen Cleaning
Regularly cleaning your window screens helps make the exterior and interior of your home look more appealing. Screen cleaning helps make your home look well maintained and cared for. It can be no fun taking screens off and on to clean them. Let us do the hard work for you!


Gutter Cleaning
Having your gutters professionally cleaned helps prevent leaks before they happen. Let the experts at Blind Appeal take care of your gutters so your home maintenance is in tip-top shape by the time fall comes.


Blind Appeal products and services make a huge impact on how your home looks and feels, changing the atmosphere immensely. We know you’ll be completely satisfied with your purchase and have a beautiful product that will last a lifetime or select from one of our many ongoing services that will keep your home it top shape inside and out. Give us a call today at (208) 888-1056 to talk with one of our representatives who are happy to help you. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Jul 10

We’re so excited to announce our newest service to our customers: house cleaning. To celebrate, we’re offering a great introductory package that you’ll love. For a limited time, Blind Appeal will give you a free one-hour house cleaning session with any purchase of one or more hours, a $35 dollar value! To commemorate this momentous occasion, we’re going to explore some of the benefits of having a home cleaning service. 

 

Benefit 1: Saves You Time

Let’s face it, if you’re like most people, you have more obligations than time to fill them. With kids, school, work, and family, it’s tough to balance everything, which means that house cleaning chores often get pushed off or forgotten. With a professional cleaning service like ours from Blind Appeal, you won’t have to budget house cleaning into your busy schedule. You will have the peace of mind of knowing that while you’re taking care of everything else, your house is also being taken care of. Ask yourself, “How much is my time worth?” If you come up with a number that is more than what you would be paying for a weekly or monthly house cleaner, then getting a professional cleaner pays for itself.

 

Benefit 2: You Will Get A Better Clean

A great benefit of hiring a professional house cleaner is that your home cleaning care is now in the hands of an expert. We wear enough hats in this day and age and “professional house cleaner” isn’t often one of them. If your home is being cleaned regularly by an expert who specializes in the field, then you will notice a deeper and more complete clean than doing it by yourself. 

 

Benefit 3: You Can Avoid Certain Unpleasant Tasks, Which Reduces Stress

Cleaning every inch of dirt and grime in the bathroom or under the refrigerator isn’t for everybody. These unpleasant household tasks are often overlooked or put off because we just don’t like doing them, despite the fact that they must be done. If these unpleasant tasks pile up around you, it can lead to an increase in stress and contribute to overall unhappiness which can affect every aspect of your life. Why not budget in a professional cleaning service that can help take care of these things for you every month so that you don’t have to stress about them being done?

That weight off your shoulders will feel so good that you would happily help support a local business like Blind Appeal while never having to worry about unpleasant home cleaning chores again. It’s a win win!

 

In Conclusion

We know how important it is for you to have clean windows and a clean home. That’s why Blind Appeal’s team of experts offers window cleaning and house cleaning services at competitive prices, which are backed by the company’s customer guarantee. The services are offered monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, or annually because we know that clean windows and a clean home are important parts of every happy household. 

Call 208.888.1056 for a FREE estimate today. 

 

Jul 03

Summer is in full swing. As things start to heat up it is time to start thinking about ways to save on energy costs around the homes and find ways to stay cool. Here are a few helpful tips to conserve energy.

 

Ceiling Fans

A great way to cut costs on cooling your home is to turn on your ceiling fans. If you don’t have a ceiling fan you can purchase a portable fan that can be moved from room to room. Fans are great to help cool the room down. Because fans help circulate the air in your home you may be able to turn up the temperature of your home a few degrees while still maintaining your comfort.

 

Close your shades

Closing your blinds, curtains, and interior shades help to keep the warm sun out of your home. Keeping them closed throughout the day helps to not only block the sun and keep your home cool but it also helps protect your home from damaging rays that could harm your furniture and flooring as well. If you have windows that face south, you’ll especially want to make sure during the hottest parts of the day those blinds and curtains are closed. You may also want to consider exterior shades on any south-facing windows as these will also help reduce the exterior heat coming into your home. Miss the sun? Don’t worry, you can open your blinds and curtains again in the evening when the weather has cooled down but the sun is still out. 

 

Change your air filter

One of the easiest ways to conserve energy in the summer is to make sure you change your air filter regularly. Chances are you might not remember when you changed your air filter last, so you’ll want to do that as soon as possible. When you don’t change your air filter your AC has to work much harder to cool your home down. As a result, your energy bills could be much higher. You might even consider replacing old cooling systems and filters as new systems are much more energy efficient. Yes, you might have some costs up front but in the long run, you’ll save on your heating and cooling bills.

 

Keep Track of Your Electronics

Devices like computers, curling irons, hair dryers, stereos, and televisions heat up your house as well, so make sure they’re turned off or unplugged when they’re not being used. To help make turning off appliances easier consider putting electronics on power strips so you can easily turn them all off at one time.  Also, be mindful of where your thermostats are and try to keep electronics away from them.

 

Wash with Cold or Warm Water

Try to limit your hot water usage in the summer. Did you know that 90% of the energy used by your washing machine goes toward heating the water? Doing your laundry on either the cold or warm cycle will help save you some money. Drying your clothes at a lower temperature will cut costs and keep your clothes looking good longer.

 

Barbeque

Kitchens are full of heat-producing appliances. When it’s hot both inside and out why not fire up the grill for dinner and save energy costs within your home?  If you need a little culinary inspiration, check out one of our recent blogs for some great BBQ recipes. Also, try using the microwave more than the stove as it uses just one-third the energy than an oven and produces very little external heat.

 

Many of us just expect higher energy costs during the summer. However, by implementing a few of these tips you might just use less energy and save some money on your utilities while you’re at it. From the whole team at Blind Appeal, have a great summer!


Jul 03

Cleaning with kids can be fun. Here are a few ways to help make chore time something the whole family can look forward to. Bonus: make sure to keep reading to learn about a great deal for one of our new services!

 

Age-appropriate Chores

Create age-appropriate chores and expectations. This can help kids view to-do lists with less dread. If you give them too many chores or explain them too fast children can easily become overloaded and disinterested in helping. Look for chores that motivate your kids and discover ways you can allow them to lead the process so that cleaning is something everyone can pitch in with and not viewed as the dreaded chore or task list. This can help make cleaning a win-win for everyone.

 

Gamify Cleaning

Make cleaning more fun with games. Create a game out of each chore. For example, tell your kids they have 5, 10, or 15 minutes to do a particular task as fast as they can. Set the timer and check in on their progress. As the clock starts to run out of time, update them on how many more minutes are left on the clock. When finished, check to see how much they were able to accomplish in that particular time frame. If needed, you can set the clock again if they weren’t able to finish the entire task. Playing games can help make chore time more fun and even competitive. 

 

Cleaning Basket

Provide your child with their own cleaning basket. Keep things in the basket that are fun and useful in helping your child complete their chore list. Be sure to make the basket and cleaning supplies age appropriate for each child. Include things like a duster, lint roller, spray bottle with water and or vinegar, rags, and baby wipes. Go ahead and give them a little project specific to them. They can then explore the various cleaning supplies you’ve provided in the basket that will help them get the job done.

 

Chore Cards

Create various chore cards for each room in your home and list specifics of each task. This way the child can read the card, or you can read it to them, so they know exactly what needs to be cleaned. They can then check off each item on the list to keep track of what’s been cleaned during the process. You can laminate the cards and include them in each of the cleaning baskets. The cards will help keep your child on task, so they know exactly what needs to be cleaned in each room.

 

Chore Chart

List the various chores you’d like your kids to accomplish throughout the week. Be specific with each chore you create and break down each task into specific details and place it on your chore chart. This way it is easy for kids to read the specific details that need to be accomplished with each task. Also, check to make sure that the chores have been completed to your satisfaction. This is a great opportunity for kids to learn your specific cleaning style and what your expectations are of them when cleaning the home. Figure out a fun way your child can mark off each chore when a task is completed whether it is a simple check mark or a sticker they get to choose. It is fun to get the family organized by finding easy to make and print chore charts online if you need some inspiration. 

 

Reward System

Develop some sort of a reward system for your child. It is fun to be rewarded for a job well done especially if all the chores have been completed all week long. Rewards don’t necessarily have to be of monetary value. It could mean a special treat, time spent with you doing something your child enjoys, playing a game with your child, etc. Find a way to make your child feel appreciated for the great work they’ve done especially if they’ve followed through with all their chores during the week.  

 

Involving your kids in household chores can help teach them responsibility as well as give them a sense of pride when accomplishing a task. However, sometimes you just need to let go and let someone into your home to clean. Blind Appeal is proud to announce our newest service: Housecleaning! For a limited time, new clients will receive one hour FREE home cleaning ($35 value) with purchase of our new home cleaning services. Give us a call today and let us clean your house while you have some summer fun!

 


May 14

If you’ve lived in Boise long enough, you’ll learn to get the most out of the full summer sunshine that we get. Entertaining friends and family around the backyard barbeque pit is an American tradition as old as apple pie. Now, if you’ve already gotten your motorized exterior shades installed around your back patio, then you’re ahead of the game and ready to start firing up the grill. For bonus points, you can have us at Blind Appeal wash your windows to get them looking fabulous for your summer guests. Ask us about that and our other products and services to help turn your backyard BBQ dreams into a reality.

 

Now, once you have your shades set and your windows washed, it’s time to start planning your menu! We’re going to try something new this year. The theme for this ultimate BBQ will be southwest gourmet. The menu will have three courses that finishes with a grilled dessert. Every course will be 100% cooked and finished on the grill top. We’re going all in on that delicious smokey bbq goodness that you can only get over an open grill in your backyard surrounded by a few good friends and cold beverages.

 

Appetizer

For the first course, we’re kicking things off right, southwest style with a cheese stuffed grilled pepper with a zest of lemon for a kick. These grilled and stuffed peppers are a great way to kick off the day’s grilling because they are simple to execute yet pack a huge flavor punch. This will help tide people over until the main course can be served. We recommend either a mixture of provolone and mozzarella or provolone and Queso Fresco for that real authentic south of the border flavor packed into every bite. Here’s the full recipe to get you started!

 

Main Course

For our southwest BBQ entree, we are going on a one way trip to flavortown with this bold flavored burger accompanied by a grilled salad and grilled potatoes. (We’ll reveal the burger at the end. Trust us, it’s worth the wait!)

 

For the grilled potatoes, we’re going patriotic with a unique twist on grill “fries” with these red, white, and blue themed potato skewers. They consist of a mixture of golden, purple, and red potatoes drizzled with olive oil and topped with salt and pepper. Here’s the full recipe.

 

For the side salad, we’re going full southwest with this light and juicy grilled corn salad with a honey lime dressing. This salad has a little bit of everything. Sweet honey and zesty lime with a hint of smoke and pepper to bring it full circle. This salad will dance on your pallet like a whirling firecracker. Make sure you have lots of libations to wash it down!

 

For the main course finale, it’s time for the burger. You’ll be serving an angus beef coffee-rubbed burger topped with peppered bacon and a house-made Dr. Pepper bbq sauce. This is a true masterwork of flavor innovation that will enshrine your next BBQ party in the history books. The all-angus beef patties are rubbed with a tangy, sweet, and smokey coffee based dry rub, grilled to perfection over a hot grill (along with the thick cut peppered bacon) and then topped with homemade Dr. Pepper bbq sauce. They are then adorned with a thick and pillowy pretzel bun and arugula cheese. For an extra southwest kick, we recommend grilling a few jalapenos alongside each burger which are then added to the top layer above the bacon. Here’s the full recipe. Enjoy!

 

Dessert

Well, that burger is a tough act to follow, but we have just the thing to wind down the night in a way that is still decadent and sweet, but not too heavy. We’re serving farm fresh grilled peach halves topped with cinnamon-sugar butter. The heat from the grill helps to activate and caramelize the sugars in the peach while also softening up the juicy interior. They are going right off the grill and onto your plate with a dab of cold cinnamon-sugar butter on top. Check out the full recipe here. This simple, tangy, sweet, and light dish is the perfect way to wind down your southwest BBQ feast and to pay tribute to fresh crops of summer. From our family to yours, Bon Appétit.

 

May 07

It’s starting to warm up outside but that doesn’t mean your home and energy bills must suffer. Fortunately, with exterior solar shades, you’ll be able to block and absorb heat, decrease glare, and reduce your energy bills. Just like when it’s sunny out and you reach for a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from damaging UV rays, using solar shades for your home is a similar concept. With solar shades, you’ll be protecting your home both inside and out from the sun’s harmful rays. Here are three reasons why you should consider solar shades for your home.

 

 

Tip #1 Provide Comfort

West-facing windows and reflective landscape surroundings can be especially problematic when the weather warms up making parts of your home uncomfortably hot. Exterior solar shades not only help provide a comfortable interior but also help to reduce cooling costs by decreasing heat gain in your home. Also, solar shades are designed to control light but not eliminate it completely so you can still enjoy the view you love and have your privacy too.

 

Tip #2 Block Solar Rays

Damage from Ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun is not visible to the human eye, but its damage is well known. Harsh UV rays shining into your home can fade fabrics, carpets, wood flooring, photographs, and artwork. Plain, untreated window glass can block out a small amount of UV rays, but additional window treatments can help block much more. Using UV-blocking solar shades or window treatments not only help prevent damage, but they can also prevent wear and tear on your home both inside and out.

 

Tip #3 Reduce Energy Costs

Did you know that 50% of the solar heat that enters a room in your home comes through the glass?  Exterior solar shades are the best defense against beating the summer heat. Preventing your home from heating up in the first place with the use of solar shades can be a more energy-efficient solution than using the air conditioner. Solar shades may help to create a more consistent temperature throughout your home during the day helping to lower your monthly energy costs.

 

As you can see, solar shades really can help you beat the heat as it starts to warm up. Here are a few other products and benefits you might find helpful. Did you know there are many kinds of exterior solar shades? There is something for everyone! For example, a zip screen, which is a great exterior screen for outdoor room enclosures. This screen helps prevent color fade of your furniture and blocks up to 90% of the heat and glare, as well as provides insect protection. Or what about, self-storing solar screens? These screens filter out 90% of the sun’s harmful UV rays and retract into a self-storing cassette style hood. Not sure exactly what your needs are, no problem, just call our experts and they are happy to work with you to address your specific needs to help you beat the heat and reduce your energy costs moving forward.

 

Please give us a call us today, so that you can have those exterior solar shades selected and installed in time for the summer months. Call Blind Appeal today at 208-888-1056.

 

Apr 25

Spring is a great time of year for cleaning and sprucing up around the house. If you’ve found yourself saying “Out with the old, in with the new” a little more frequently this time of year, you’re not alone. It’s possible that as you were going stir crazy this past winter you were also thinking of all the new ways you’d like to redecorate your home come spring. In fact, maybe you’ve even considered replacing or refreshing the blinds and shades as well. If these thoughts sound familiar, here are a few things to consider as you make that spring to-do-list this year.

Take Inventory

Taking inventory of the current condition of your home’s window coverings is a good idea. Spring is a great time of year to check the condition of your various window coverings and see how they’ve held up through the winter months. Also, it lets you assess which coverings may need to be cleaned or repaired from any possible damage. After you’ve taken inventory you may simply find you’re tired of your old window coverings and it’s time to replace them with something fresh and new.

An Indoor Makeover

An indoor makeover can do wonders to freshen up any room in your home. You may want to explore the various types of window coverings available on the market and find which ones may help bring in a little more sunshine or provide you with a new sense of warmth and coziness. When looking, consider Graber window treatments. They come in many selections to choose from for example composite shutters, dual shades, sliding panels, and more. You are sure to find a variety of coverings to match your home and lifestyle.  Check out the many galleries we have on our website for inspiration.

Get Creative

When it comes to your window coverings get creative and think new colors, better lighting, how to block light out, or ease of use and functionality. Maybe you are trying to bring more light into your home or on the flip side trying to protect your furniture, flooring, and artwork from damaging UV rays. If you need a little help in getting creative, call in the experts at Blind Appeal and they can help you find creative solutions for your window coverings throughout your home.

Getting your home refreshed and ready for spring takes a little time and effort, but when you are done, you’ll be able to enjoy the results of your hard work year-round. So as you’re checking off your spring to-do-list, don’t forget to check out Blind Appeal’s extensive line of window coverings and treatments.  We’ll be glad to assist you and help you find what you need for your spring refresh.

Give Blind Appeal a call today for an estimate and an opportunity to preview our wonderful Graber products! Call us for a free, no-obligation estimate. It will be well worth your time. 208-888-1056 

 

Apr 19

You’ve probably noticed that the spring flowers in your garden are starting to bloom and we are certain they look absolutely lovely, especially after the recent rain we’ve received. As you’ve been admiring that garden, you’ve also probably noticed there is more buildup of dirt and grime on your windows and well frankly they’ve lost that sparkle and shine you love while looking out or in. Not to worry!  Simply pick up the phone and give Blind Appeal a call and we’ll come out and restore that sparkle and shine to your windows in no time. Just think, you are only a phone call away from feeling like you can pull up the shades and not only show off that beautiful spring garden, but also your crystal clean windows at the same time without having to feel embarrassed that you haven’t gotten to that chore yet.  Here are three reasons why having your windows professionally cleaned in the spring is a great idea.

 

 

Reason #1 Enjoy Your Home and Yard With a Clear View

Spring is an active time of year and you may find yourself peering out through the windows more frequently as you watch the grass green up and grow a little taller, gaze out at those beautiful flowers, or look at that veggie garden you are preparing to plant. Of course, these views are even better when you can see clearly in and out of your windows without the headache of having to look at all layers of dirt and grime that’s built up. You’ll find that by having your windows professionally cleaned both inside and out you’ll be able to enjoy the spring sun that shines into your home that much more and love the warm feeling having clean windows creates in your home.

Reason #2 Spring Has Sprung Don’t Let the Bugs and Pests In

The bugs and pests are starting to crawl or fly right about now and with that you’ll want to make sure they stay out of your home. Having your windows professionally cleaned in the spring is a great time of year because our expert technicians will make your windows look so great you won’t have to open them to see outside!

Reason #3 Say Goodbye to the Dirt and Grime

The spring rains have left dirt and grime behind, which have formed a layer of film on your windows. You’ll want to be sure to have this professionally removed before the warm sun starts to bake that onto your windows making cleaning more difficult. Also, it’s a good idea to remove the dust and grime that builds up in the tracks of your windows and doors as this helps prevent allergies. Yes, we can appreciate by now that your spring to-do-list is growing quite long and that’s why we’d like to help you check one more thing off the list by calling in the professionals to clean your windows. Let our experts remove the dirt, grime, and dust from your windows today, so you can enjoy the crystal-clear views again that you love so much.  

Don’t wait to have clean windows this spring, call today for an estimate and to schedule a time our experts can come by and clean your windows. 208.888.1056


Mar 25

When caring for window treatments we often overlook some of the important cleaning tips in how to care for our blinds once they’ve been hung in our home. Yes, custom blinds may be one of those items you’d rather install and then forget about them, but don’t put blinders on when it comes to maintaining and caring for your custom blinds. Here are a few helpful tips to keep your window treatments looking fresh, clean, and well cared for.

 

Dusting

Any window treatment could benefit from a good dusting at least once a month. With regular upkeep, dust will brush off the surface of the slats of mini blinds, wood blinds, and the vanes of vinyl and aluminum vertical blinds since they are quite smooth. These surfaces can easily be dusted regularly by tilting slats up first, then down to reach the entire top and bottom surfaces. A soft dusting cloth can be used, and a feather duster works well on fabric shades. You can find several products specifically made for dusting online, so do a google search and you’ll discover the possibilities are endless.

 

Vacuuming

Use the brush dust head attachment for your vacuum for a more thorough cleaning. If cleaning a mini or wood blind, tilt slats as described above. Often vacuuming is a preferred method for cleaning fabric shades.

 

Spot Cleaning

Spot clean with a soft cloth or sponge and a mild detergent and warm water when cleaning vinyl or aluminum blinds. Blot gently and allow to dry completely. Spot cleaning is not recommended for fabric or wood window treatments. Also, do not try cleaning fabric or wood surfaces with water, club soda, soaps, or cleansers of any kind as they could damage the fabric or wood. It is recommended that all fabric products be cleaned by a professional drapery cleaner or dry cleaner with specific experience in decorative fabric window treatments.

 

Professional Cleaning

When caring for your window treatments you’ll want to be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for care and cleaning. Also, it’s important to know when to call in the experts and hire a professional cleaner who can help you properly maintain and care for your window treatments. If you are looking for a local expert to help you, we highly recommend Wally Bashaw with Clean as a Whistle. Give him a call at 208-859-3363.

 

 

Frequency

Clean your window treatments at least once a month to help keep dust and dirt away. This not only helps keep your window treatments looking fresh but also helps you keep a better eye out for damage. If you purchased your blinds or window treatments from Blind Appeal, you will never pay for any repair. The Blind Appeal Service Guarantee means you can call us anytime to repair your blinds or window treatments for free!

 

For more information on how to clean your blinds or window treatments or if you are looking for new window treatments, we can help! Call us today at 208.888.1056.

 

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