It’s that time of the year when you don your cleaning gear and get the house ready for the busy summer season. This is the time of revival, reflected in every aspect of nature. Trees standing tall in a canopy of green, gardens in full bloom, fields washed in sunlight – glorious sights everywhere telling us that summer is almost here. This is the perfect time to spruce up your home.
While you might be tempted to go into a total refurbishment, it can be both time and money consuming. For a cost-effective makeover, you could just concentrate on giving your existing décor elements a quick clean and see what a difference that makes. A good place to start is your blinds. Blinds need regular cleaning and it is quite easy to clean them at home. All you need is a bit of time on hand, and some basic cleaning materials.
Just as blinds come in different shapes and sizes, their cleaning method also requires a slightly different approach. In this article, we bring to you some of the simple ways of cleaning some common types of blinds. For specialist products, follow the instructions provided by the manufactures. Even for simple blinds, go through the instructions once to check if cleaning instructions, along with the compatible cleaning products, are mentioned there.
How to Clean Roller Blinds
Much of the popularity of roller blinds stem from the fact that they are very easy to clean. Just roll them all the way down and expose the entire fabric. Use the upholstery attachment of your vacuum cleaner to clean the blind, from top to bottom, using a right to left sweeping motion. You can also use a damp cloth to clean the blind, using a similar right to left sweeping motion, starting from the top of the blind all the way to the bottom.
For stubborn spots, you can try fabric cleaner. However, before going down this route, it must be kept in mind that all cleaners are not suitable for all fabrics. Also, the cleaner spot might look a shade lighter than its surroundings. Leave the blind to air-dry before rolling it up.
How to Clean Venetian Blinds
Venetian blinds, owing to their horizontal design, tend to gather more dust than their counterparts. The sheer density of slats also makes it a time-consuming process. However, other than monotony, the task is pretty straightforward.
You can clean a venetian blind with a cloth duster. This method is very effective in removing any particular stain on the slats. For sticky residues, try to soak the cloth in some detergent water and then gently swipe at the stain. If you are using a wet cloth, make sure to wipe away any extra moisture with a paper towel. This will prevent any damage to the paintwork or the material.
For dusting, close the slats. Now use a micro-fibre cloth or duster to gently wipe each slat, from right to left. After one side is done, flip the slats so that you can start on the other side. Instead of a cloth, you can also use the upholstery attachment of the vacuum cleaner and use the right-left motion to clean the slats. Repeat the same process on the other side of the slats.
How to Clean Vertical Blinds
Vertical blinds gather very little dust, primarily due to their vertical design. For a thorough clean, you will need to take the slats off the blind and lay them out on a flat surface. As in the case of other blinds, you can use the brush attachment of the vacuum cleaner to lightly dust the slats. This will remove any loose dust from the surface.
For a deeper clean, you can wash the slats. Make sure to adhere to the instructions provided in the manufacturer’s guide. You cannot use any chemicals or cleaners that can cause damage to the blinds. For instance, a wooden slat cannot be washed. Similarly, some fabric slats are not suitable for putting in the washing machine.
For fabric slats that can be soaked and washed, you can immerse them in mild-soap water. Fill the bathtub with some lukewarm water and pour a mild liquid washing detergent in the water. Soak the slats in the water, completely immersed, and gently scrub the slats. You can also use a sponge to remove any stubborn stain.
If you are using the washing machine, you will have to roll up the slats and put them inside a pillow case. This will prevent any wear and tear. Check the manufacturer manual for the correct temperature for a wash. For drying, lay them on a flat surface. This will allow the slats to retain their shape.
How to Clean Woven-Wood Blinds
Woven wood blinds require special attention. As wood is particularly vulnerable to moisture, washing them is out of question. Depending on your weave style, the dust gathered by the blind would vary from blind to blind.
You can use the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner to remove any loose dust from the blind surface. If they are made from bamboo slats, you can also use a cloth to remove dust from the surface.
How to Clean Roman Blinds
The method you use to clean your Roman blinds would depend greatly on the material in question. Some fabric roman blinds can be easily washed at home, while others require dry cleaning.
For dusting, use the upholstery attachment to remove loose dust. You can also use a damp cloth to wipe away any surface stain. For deeper stain, consult the instructions manual and send it for a dry-clean.
Regular cleaning is the key. As you have seen, your favourite blinds can be cleaned easily at home. A bit of time and a regular schedule can go a long way in keeping your blinds looking great for a long, long time