Why we don’t want you to buy replacement blinds … too soon

March 4, 2016

Constantine Purple

This sparkling new blind from our Constantine Purple range will retain its just-new looks for longer with regular cleaning following our guide.

That might sound like an odd thing for a made to measure blinds supplier to say, but we care about our customers.

And it breaks our heart when we see blinds on the scrapheap when in truth they should still be serving a purpose in the home.

We offer you helpful guides every step of the way — and that includes how to care for your blinds once they are installed.

Our blinds are of good quality and are built to last and we want you to make sure they last.

So even before it reaches you your made to measure blind will have been quality checked to meet our exacting standards.

We are so confident in the product that we supply, that we offer a 12-month guarantee on all our blinds and we also guarantee to make your blinds to your exact specifications.

But just as caring for your car keeps it running more efficiently and for longer, there are many simple and effective ways to clean your blinds to prolong their use and maintain its pristine appearance.

Regular cleaning and dusting is a great start, but it’s not immediately obvious how you should do that. Here’s our advice.

 

Cleaning Aluminium Blinds

Aluminium blinds can be washed, vacuumed or dusted, depending on the level of cleaning needed. The surfaces of aluminium blinds are very smooth, so they are easy to dust. If you dust them regularly it will cut down the amount of cleaning needed.

To dust the blind, use a soft clean cloth or duster and tilt the slats to wipe clean. If you are using a vacuum, attach the brush head and tilt the slats (being careful not to bend them).

To wash aluminium blinds, use a damp cloth or sponge. For stubborn stains add a mild detergent to your cleaning utensil. You can also take the blind down and soak in a tub of mild soapy water and then rinse clean and wipe dry – or dry completely in the open air.

 

Cleaning Wood Blinds

Ideally, clean your wooden blinds by dusting them using a clean soft dust cloth or a vacuum cleaner brush attachment, the surface is smooth so dust should be easily removed. Washing your wooden blinds could seriously damage them. Water or dampness can warp or discolour the slats.

 

Cleaning Roller Blind Fabrics

Most fabric blinds will be anti-static, so will require only a small amount of cleaning from the brush attachment of your vacuum. For more hardened cleaning, if you cannot dry clean your fabric, use a damp cloth with lukewarm water to wipe clean. For tougher stains use a mild detergent and spot clean.

 

Cleaning Roman Blinds

If your blind has a label with the (P) symbol then the fabric can be dry cleaned with care. Remove the blind from headrail and take out the fabric rods and the bottom bar (paying attention to how the cords are threaded). Alternatively, fabric can be cleaned using the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner. Soft fabrics may shrink – if any of the fibre rods become visible trim them off to the desired length.

 

Cleaning Pleated Blinds

Use a feather duster or brush attachment of your vacuum, starting at the top work from left to right gradually working your way down the blind. Do not use detergent or stronger like bleach, regular monthly dusting will improve the look and life of your pleated blind.

 

Cleaning Blackout Blind Fabrics

Most fabric blinds will be anti-static, so will require only a small amount of cleaning from the brush attachment of your vacuum. For more hardened cleaning, If you can’t dry clean your fabric, use a damp cloth with lukewarm water to wipe clean. For tougher stains use a mild detergent and spot clean.

 

Cleaning Vertical Blinds

First check with your product supplier if the fabric used for your vertical blind is machine washable.

A large percentage of vertical blind fabrics are not machine washable, for non-machine washable fabrics see below:

 

Cleaning Non-Machine Washable Vertical Blind Fabrics

Most fabric blinds will be anti-static, so will require only a small amount of cleaning from the brush attachment of your vacuum or use a damp cloth with lukewarm water to wipe clean, for tougher stains use a mild detergent and spot clean.

 

Cleaning Machine Washable, Vertical Blind Fabrics

Remove all the louvres from the headrail try to do this keeping the louvres all together in a bunch, lay on the floor and carefully unclip the stabilizing chains this will then allow you to remove the weights by sliding out of each individual louvre pocket.

With the louvres lying flat on the floor straighten up and position each louvre hem so it sits just below the previous one, you can now loosely roll them up making sure you have no creasing present within the roll.

If the roll excides 20cm in diameter you will need to separate the roll so you have rolls no larger than 20cm.

Tie the roll up with a length of cotton loosely and place one roll inside a pillow case to secure it.

Wash one roll at a time spinning can cause damage to the louvre DO NOT SPIN. Set the washing machine to woollens at 40°C you can use a mild soap but do not use a detergent.

Some washing machines may not provide the above instructions if this is the case the alternative would be to select a gentle 40°C wash with three rinse cycles. Never use bleach this could render the louvres unusable.

Remove the pillowcase from the washing machine place the roll on the draining  board for an hour to allow remaining water to drain away.

Release the tie, hang the louvres to drip dry replace the weights at the same time do not place in direct sunlight.

The drying process must be natural do not tumble dry, iron or place on a radiator, when fully dry replace on the headrail making sure you place all the hems facing the same direction, finally reattach the stabilising chain.

If your existing blinds are tired and old, give your home a facelift by replacing them room by room. And then use our guilde to keep them healthy.

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