How To Clean Your Blinds Guide from RM Blinds
Then great Scottish summer time is here and as the clocks go forward and the nights get longer, the first thing we all want to do is give our house a good spring clean. Our how to clean blinds guide is just a reminder to not forget about your window blinds and curtains they also need some love and attention. Regular cleaning will also help to your blinds stay fresh and new for a longer period of time.
At RM Blinds we recommend the following top tips to help get your blinds in tip top shape for the summer months and some great tips on how to clean blinds.
Dusting Is Important
Weekly dusting is no fun for anyone, but a weekly dust over your blinds will stop dust build up and limit the potential for stains and dirty marks, which are much more difficult to remove and can result in a more expensive alternative to get clean, or the need to replace blinds more often.
General & Light Cleaning
A good old fashioned duster is needed for general cleaning, one with a handle so you can get into every nook and cranny. You can also dust most blinds with a soft cloth on both sides to get rid of any dust build up and we recommend a feather duster for your vertical blinds. Aluminium venetian blinds are really easy to clean as they are the most moisture resistant, so a simple damp cloth or shammy is great for wiping away those dusty slats.
Deep Cleaning Your Blinds
For blinds such as vertical, roller and pleated that require a deeper clean to remove stains etc, sponge cleaning can sometimes be recommended, but please check the fabric properties to ensure this is a suitable method for your particular blind. Romans and Curtains are made of delicate fabric therefore we always recommend professional cleaning.
Reccommended Cleaning Products To Use
Vacum Cleaning Options
Dusting is not always enough. Vacuuming your blinds every couple of months allows for a deeper clean and picks up those stubborn marks and particles that your duster could have missed! We recommend using the upholstery attachment of your cleaner. If you have a cordless machine with a short attachment for the tricky to reach areas this will make light work of this chore.
Stay Away From Heavy Chemicals
Warm water and a mild detergent should be sufficient for most types of window blind as heavy chemicals can damage delicate material. Be careful not to drench your blinds as this can cause dis-colouration and distort wooden blinds. A mixture of 25% white vinegar and 75% water, can help to remove heavier dirt and stains. Wood and aluminium blinds are easier to wipe down with liquid than fabrics without fear of damage but it’s still important not to use too much water, which could cause blinds to warp or damage the finish.
Clean Your Components
The wand, rod or bottom bar that operates the blinds is often handled daily (unless you’re lucky enough to have motorised blinds), yet many people still don’t clean it regularly. Luckily, it’s the easiest part of the blinds to clean and can be wiped clean with anti-bacterial wipe or spray.
Please Note: All blinds are different and some types of blinds can be ruined by the use of water on them, please make sure you ask us for best practice when cleaning your blind type, our fitters and sales staff can give you more information on your blind type.