The Need for Clean Blinds and how to approach the process
Blinds like any other household appliance or furnishing, require regular maintenance. A blind provides for both aesthetics as well as function. Prolong the life of your blinds requires for them to be cleaned. Most types of blinds are extremely easy to maintain. Nonetheless, each type of blind requires different kinds of treatment.This is determined by the material and the style in which the blinds are manufactured. A specialized cleaning routine and product will assure longevity for your wonderful blinds.
How to Clean Five Common Types of Blinds
- Wooden Blinds
Wooden blinds are extremely easy to clean and maintain. By having a regular dusting cycle these blinds will remain clean and pristine for years to come. If you haven’t dusted your blinds in many a day, rest assured, the following steps have you covered.
First, find out what kind of a wooden blind you have. This is extremely important as it changes the kind of product you can use. Faux wooden have a painted coating that mimics wood finish, requiring a different set of cleaning products. It is easy to tell the difference between real wooden and faux wood blinds. Run your fingers, and if you cannot feel the wood grain, chances are your slats are not made from wood.
For blinds made out of real wood, start by dusting the wood with a dry cloth. We recommend using a microfiber mitt or a lint free cloth. If they have formed a thick layer of dust use a pet dandler or carpet fuzz. You may also use a vacuum cleaner with the upholstery brush. If you live in a dry area, make sure you condition your wooden blinds to prevent cracking. Lemon oil and other wood conditioners are a great way to protect the wood and bring back the shine.
Faux blinds are easier to clean since they don’t react harshly to water and will not form mold if untreated. Follow the same dusting procedure and shown above. You may also use a mild solution of water and dish shop to run down on your faux blinds.
- Venetian Blinds
Venetian blinds are extremely easy to clean. If there is no excess accumulation of dust, use a vacuum cleaner or a lint free cloth to remove all the dirt. If there is an abundance of dust, it calls for deeper cleaning. Use a solution made up of equal parts vinegar and water. Dip a clean dry cloth on the solution and rub it along the surface. This solution is perfect for dusty blinds and should work like a charm. A vacuum cleaner is also an extremely good alternative to the dry method. In general venetian blinds are extremely easy to maintain and therefore, a simple dusting should do the trick. Generally, dust doesn’t tend to stick on these blinds.
- Vertical Blinds:
Vertical blinds are generally made up of cloth and generally require more care. The easiest way to clean the cloth portion of these blinds is to remove them from mounts and treat them in a water wash with some light detergent soap. Do not be aggressive, as cloth blinds are slightly delicate. Pay attention to the amount of soup used, and do not douse them with soap. A mild soapy mixture is the perfect amount. Alternatively, you could through them in your washing machine on the delicate setting. Make sure that the water temperature is no more than 30 degrees Celsius. If a dipping your blinds in water is something to risqué for you, a wet sponge will do the trick.
- Roman Blinds:
Roman Blinds are extremely popular due to their extravagant design styling. Vibrant colors and textures make them extremely versatile and suit multiple interior styles. Roman blinds are mostly made from cotton or poly blends. This makes them water safe, but may lead to shrinkage. Do avoid any risk to your blinds, and use the dry clean method. Make sure to use a base solvent instead of water. Steam Cleaning your blinds is also an option. This does come at the risk of damage as over steaming your blinds may lead to fading or long-term damage. Given the multiple methods that are available, dry cleaning your blinds is the best option. Simple dusting and wet cloth methods should suffice for light dust accumulation. For dirtier blinds, the above solutions are best suited.
To remove stains from your Roman blinds, the easiest solution is to rub club soda onto the stained area. After letting the blind soak for a while, the stain should remove itself form the cloth and make it washable.
- Mini blinds
Mini blinds have grown in popularity over the years. Mini blinds are made from a variety of materials. Most popularly, it is made of wood or metal. Metal blinds are generally treated with anti-static, and this prevents excessive dust accumulation. The dust accumulation is usually very mild on these kinds of blinds and a simple water-vinegar solution does the trick.
Wooden mini blinds are to be treated like other full sized wooden blinds, and the same degree of care must be taken for them as well.
Extremely dirty mini blinds are hard to clean. Due to their size and fragile nature, professional help is always welcome! If the blinds are extremely dirty, do consider calling for professional help as they are usually able to provide for the best solutions for these kinds of blinds.
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.