Cleaning blinds is not an easy or quick task. It requires patience and time. Whatever the material of your blinds, whether it be wood, faux wood, aluminium, vinyl or fabric, cleaning them is quite a difficult task that we can’t accomplish just in a moment. Cleaning your window blinds with wrong and improper methods may damage them.
Cleaning blinds is a task that no one can ignore, as in time our blinds gather a lot of dirt and dust that can interfere their function as well as their aesthetics.
Wood Blinds Cleaning
Wood blinds are quite different compared to blinds made up of other materials. Extra care needs to be taken while cleaning them so the original wood look won’t get damaged.
Take a soft cloth with a slight spray of wood polish or lemon oil on it. Use this cloth to dust your blinds, starting from top to bottom.
If your blinds are highly soiled, then dampen the soft cloth in mild detergent and use it to clean your blinds. Then rinse with clean water and make sure to dry it with a clean cotton cloth after.
After cleaning the wood blinds, ensure that there won’t be any moisture left over the blinds.
Vertical Blinds Cleaning
Because of their larger size, vertical blinds are often difficult to clean.
Start with dusting or vacuuming each slat from each side. With the help of soapy water, clean the whole slat and then rinse with clean water and wipe off the moisture with a clean cloth.
In the case of vinyl or aluminium blinds, place a cloth underneath to avoid any spillage and by using soapy water and a sponge clean each slat from top to bottom. Then rinse with clean water and wipe with a clean cloth.
Cleaning A Fabric Blinds
For cleaning, fabric blinds like cellular, pleated, or roman, vacuum cleaners are the ideal tools. Apart from a vacuum cleaner, you can also use your hairdryer. Set it to a low speed and then use it to blow off the dirt and dust from your blinds. Move the hairdryer around the creases and openings on the sides of the blinds to remove the trapped dust.
Cleaning Faux Wood and Composite Blinds
These types of blinds can be cleaned in several ways. The first step is dusting, which can be done in any of the following ways:
Firstly, close the blinds as flat as possible. After that, with the help of a soft cloth or duster, start dusting each slat from top to bottom. Then continue on the other side in the same way.
If you don’t have a soft cloth then you can use socks to clean your blinds. Put a clean sock on your hand and start wiping each slat to and forth from top to bottom on each side.
Apart from all these techniques, you can also use a vacuum to clean your blinds. All you need to do is, close your blind fully and attach a dust brush to the end of the hose of your vacuum and gently run it over your blind from top to bottom. Once done on one side, turn the blinds to the opposite side and repeat the same procedure. Vacuuming is one of the more effective and easiest ways to clean your blinds without damaging them.
Tips to Prevent Your Blind from Further Getting Damaged
Every time we clean our home, most of us ignore and forget our window blinds, which makes them more prone to wear and tear. To prevent long term damage to your blinds, the following things should be kept in mind:
- Ensure cleaning of your blinds at least once or twice a month.
- Try to include dusting your blinds in your regular cleaning routine.
- Take care of your blinds whenever the season changes.
- Do a deep cleaning of your blinds at least once a year.
What to Do If Vacuuming and Dusting Don’t Work?
If you had tried enough cleaning and vacuuming and still your blinds are soiled, then try giving them a deep bath:
Put your blinds in a bathtub full of water and add around two to three cups of white vinegar and some dishwashing soap.
Let the blinds remain soaked in this solution for about 5 to 10 minutes and then wipe them off with a clean sponge or soft cloth.
If the blinds have some dirtier spots then clean them with the help of a toothbrush.
After this rinse off the blind with clean water and let them dry.
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.