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This chore is basically the same as when you do it on the inside — just sometimes higher. So if you can't reach 'em (or don't want to!), Carolyn Forte, the director of the Cleaning Lab in the Good Housekeeping Institute, says you can call in a pro for help. Otherwise, use a brush (or a handheld vacuum if it's super grimy) to sweep dirty off around the frame, then use a spray cleaner and lint-free cloth to wipe horizontally until dry.
During the year, this fabric collects dust. To wash them, you can load your laundry machine or take them to your local dry cleaner for assistance. But Forte says there's one exception: "Valences mounted to boards can usually only be vacuumed." To do this, use a step stool and handheld vacuum and work your way down from the top to suck up dust.