Some would suggest that any couple who have both kids and pets in the same house are brave; although this is certainly the trend for the modern-day family. Few who are in this situation would disagree that keeping on top of things is nigh-on-impossible and while this probably won’t be at the top of the action-list, windows can actually make life a whole lot easier.
Let’s take a look at windows and just why they are particularly ‘at risk’ when it comes to the family home. The majority happen to be at the level of children and pets; whether this is after climbing on a chair or sofa to get there, or if it just happens to be a very low opening. It means that they are immediately ‘in range’ and any mishaps will result in the window opening receiving a barrage of mess.
When we talk about mishaps, let’s cut to a few examples. It could be the dogs running in after a morning walk, shaking their day off onto the curtains. Or, it could be your youngest son going flying with a pot of paint – again, all over the curtains. The list of possibilities is endless but for mom and dad, there’s a lot of mess to clean up.
If we switch to the curtains example, let’s now drill down into just how much time this takes to clear up. In the extreme examples, we’re talking about pulling the whole set of curtains down, sending them through a dry clean run, before re-hanging them. Some might even suggest giving them a quick iron – but whatever your approach, it’s too time consuming for the modern family.
This is one of the reasons blinds have made such a big statement in the family home. Of course, some blinds are just as unsuitable and if you turn to a traditional Roman blind – the material is again going to cause plenty of time frustration.
However, there are plenty of other options which are absolutely ideal for the family environment. Most of these surround some of the newer materials that have made their way into blinds, with PVC and vinyl being prime examples. If any sort of mess comes into contact with these materials, the days of ripping down the entire fitting are long gone. Most of the time, a quick wipe of the surface will suffice – and everything is back to normal in an instant.
If you are in the fortunate position of having windows that are somehow positioned in a place which doesn’t often receive spills and accidents – you’re one of the lucky minority. For everyone else, certain ‘durable’ blinds products are advisable and should save you a lot of hours’ worth of work in the long-run. It means that the next time the kids come rushing in with the days’ art supplies, or the dogs do the same with their days’ worth of walks, your heart doesn’t need to skip a beat.