Motorized Shades in office

Tips for Caring for Motorized Shades

Motorized shades/motorized roller shades are convenient, easy to use, and can be operated with the flip of a switch. There are 11 different types of motorized shades offered by Draper Inc., a trusted LaForce partner. But how can you take care and maintain motorized shades? Here are a few tips:


Most of the shades supplied by Draper can be cleaned easily by vacuuming, utilizing a soft brush attachment. Another option to clean shades, is using a sponge or soft cloth, and mild solution made with warm water and dishwashing detergent. If your shades have a metal finish, use a dry, clean cloth to wipe them down.


If the motorized shades are properly installed, they should not need lubrication to operate. However, if needed, apply a small amount lithium-based grease to the idler pin, but avoid getting any on the shade fabric.


If at any point the shade begins to fray, it can be repaired. If the shade is polyester, carefully use heat to melt the frayed pieces away. If the shade is fiberglass, scissors can be used to trim the fabric.

Learn more tips and tricks on how to clean and maintain motorized shades with this downloadable flyer from Draper.

If you are interested in installing motorized shades in your facility, LaForce works with Draper to find the correct shade based on the width, roller options, power, and motor capability. Contact LaForce to get started on ordering motorized shades for your new facility or renovation project, or to have your Division 10 questions answered by one of our Building Specialty experts.