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Can You Pressure Wash Blinds Without Damaging Them?


Blinds make an attractive addition and an exceptionally striking statement for any house interior style. With a wide array of textures and materials to select from, one can have a personalized look for windows with blinds. Irrespective of outdoor or indoor blinds, they will always need regular cleaning. Blinds are good at keeping the heat and light out. However, a ton of grime and dirt also gets settled on the slats. Therefore, you would get a whiff of allergens and dust each time you pull them up or down.

Fortunately, cleaning blinds isn’t as complex as it appears to be. Each slat need not have to be cleaned separately and blinds can be cleaned without actually having to take them off the windows. Cleaning the blinds frequently boosts the life of the blinds keeping them as shiny and bright as new. 

What Is Pressure Washing?

Pressure washing is the process of cleaning dirt, grime, dust, mud, chewing gum, mold, loose paint from various objects and surfaces by using a high-pressure water spray. This cleaning method can also be used for vehicles, concrete surfaces, and buildings. Pressure washing helps to quickly clean all kinds of large surface areas present outdoors. A pressure washer can be used to spray off a siding, a car, wooden deck, or concrete surfaces like a walkway, patio, or driveway. They are excellent to be used when the typical brush with soap water method would take ages. This washing technique is also very effective as it helps in getting rid of those hard-to-deal-with soils such as tar, grease, rust, gum, or wax.

How To Use A Pressure Washer

The trick to obtaining a high psi from an ordinary garden hose connected to the pressure washer lies in the pump. Every pressure washer features a pump that pressurizes the water before sending the water to the spray wand. The pressure washer consists of two connections with one for a standard garden hose for bringing water to the pump and the other connecting the pump to a high-pressure garden hose having the spray wand at the end of it. Before using the pressure washer, it is important that there is a flow of water through the spray wand and the pressure washer.

  • Secure all garden hose connections tightly so as to avoid air from entering the lines.
  • The spray wand should be set to a no or low-pressure option to avoid recoil, after turning on the washer. Electric, as well as gas washers having various nozzles, have to be kept on the wide fan and low-pressure setting. The nozzle tips of gas washers having separate nozzle tips must be taken off at this point.
  • Switch on the water faucet completely at the blinds. Press the spray wand trigger to start the pump while removing air from the system.
  • Switch on the pressure washer. Keep the washer turned on for a minute allowing it to warm up.
  • With the trigger locked off and the pressure washer turned on, set the pressure as well as spray options. The pressure washer is now ready for use.
  • You can run the detergents through washers with a broad spray design. To avoid damaging the internal parts, do not use bleach in the system or detergents not meant to be used in pressure washers.
  • Firstly, you will have to loosen the grime with water by using a moderate spray design under high pressure, for excellent cleaning results. Then, the detergent should be applied with a wide nozzle pattern. Then, allow the detergent to sit for some time to pierce the dirt. Let the surface be wet to prevent possible damage/discoloration due to detergent.
  • Lastly, use a medium pattern nozzle and rinse with water. Change the detergents by emptying the detergent used first from the washer, washing the machine with water, and then adding the second detergent.

How To Pressure Wash Blinds Without Damaging Them

Exposure of white blinds to sunlight can have a serious effect on the blinds by discoloring them over a certain period of time. However, after the blinds have been wiped and cleaned, you can once again restore their white color:

  • For aluminum or plastic blinds, add normal water into the bathtub and then mix it with two-three cups of bleach. Remove the blinds from the windows and lay them flat in the bathtub with just sufficient water to cover them.
  • Allow the blinds to soak in the bleach solution for 5-10 minutes on each side.
  • Wear rubber gloves and using a sponge, and wipe each slat clean. Empty the tub, wash the blinds with clean water and allow any extra water to drip off while holding them above the bathtub. The blinds should then be hung outside in the open for drying.
  • You can also consider hanging the blinds outside in the open while spraying bleach solution all over them. Using a pressure washer, both the sides should be rinsed, ensuring to clean top-to-bottom and left side-to-right side, and then dry them by hanging them in the air before taking them inside.

NOTE: Check with your blind manufacturer before using a pressure washer to see what they recommend. Many blinds or shades can have materials that will be damaged when using a pressure washer.

Other Ways To Clean Different Types of Blinds

Here are some of the best ways and techniques for easily cleaning each type of blinds:

  1. Metal and Plastic Venetian Blinds
  • Venetian blinds are quite easy for cleaning as they have slats wider than usual. For aluminum or PVC Venetian blinds, a microfibre cloth can be used. However, to get the work done in less time, a clean sock can be used as a hand puppet for busting grime.
  • Firstly, soak the sock in warm water mixed with a cleaning solution and then squeeze it until it is damp.
  • Then, clean each slat on both sides by inserting your hand into the sock, and beginning from the first slat and working towards the bottom, and from left to right at the same time.
  • Another way of cleaning aluminum or PVC Venetian blinds is by using certain devices that are designed especially for each blind slats. Basically, these are similar to pincers with a sponge present on the inner side which can hold the slats. Using these cleans both the top and bottom of the slats at the same time thereby, saving your time.

2. Wooden Blinds

  • Removing stubborn grime on wooden blinds can be tricky. You have to be careful to not stain the blinds while cleaning them as wood is porous.
  • To thoroughly clean the wooden slats of Venetian blinds, the slats should be closed tightly so that the slats remain flat without any openings. The slats should then be dusted with a feather duster or fabric cloth. Clean each slat from one side to the other. The same should be repeated on the flip side of the blinds as well.
  • Wooden blinds can also be washed gently with a damp sponge that will retain the charm of wooden blinds.
  • For cleaning faux wood blinds that have some grease and grime in addition to dust, clean them with warm water and a household cleaner.
  • However, if the faux-wood blinds have collected only dust, then a vacuum cleaner attached with a dust brush makes the cleaning easier. You just have to close the blinds, grip the bottom rail, vacuum clean one side, then turn the blinds, and repeat the same process. While vacuum cleaning, ensure that the suction is on its lightest setting to avoid warping or twisting of slats.

3. Vertical Blinds

  • Vertical blinds don’t collect much dust and dirt as the Venetian blinds. But you might not require deep cleaning of your vertical blinds if you clean them regularly.
  • All you have to do is use a microfiber cloth and slide it along the length of each slat. You can also vacuum clean the slats from top to bottom with the brush attachment. But, ensure to adjust the settings to the lowest as they may detach.
  • For fabric vertical blinds, a rubber sponge can be used to clean the slats. Clean each slat back and forth until they are wiped clean. Repeat if necessary, for particularly tough stains or dirt.

4. Roman Blinds

The Roman blinds are more prone to stains and dust. So, you can vacuum clean them regularly to keep them free from dust using a special upholstery attachment.

  • In case of deep stains, one has to be a little more careful. If the instruction says, then with a damp cloth and a little fabric stain remover, gently remove the stain. Don’t do it too hard as it may cause damage to the fabric leaving behind a very clean spot making the rest of the blinds look dirty.
  • If there are many stains on the Roman blinds, you can take them for dry cleaning. This will provide you a more even finish and also avoids the fabric from getting damaged.

Bottom Line

Most people who have taken out time from their busy day for cleaning the blinds are aware that it is not an easy task. Whether the blinds are made of faux wood, vinyl, fabric, or aluminum, cleaning them is surely a time-consuming process. Also, implementing the wrong cleaning technique can damage the blinds. While cleaning blinds may sometimes be tricky, it is a task that cannot be ignored. So, we hope cleaning of the blinds will be a little simpler and less daunting with these tips.

Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.

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