Whether you’ve recently added brand new window blinds to your home or you’re looking at sprucing up your current blinds, the aim is to keep them looking new and fresh for as long as you possibly can. The great thing with blinds is that with a little regular maintenance and the right type of cleaning for the window dressings you have, you can keep your blinds bright and fresh and in perfect working order for years to come.
To help you, we’ve put together this hand guide on how to care for and maintain a range of different kinds of blinds.
Maintaining Your Window Blinds
Sadly, many people tend to avoid blinds, believing that they are just too cumbersome and time-consuming to look after and keep clean. But, there’s great news: cleaning and looking after your blinds is very easy, and the more you do look after them, the easier it gets.
Correctly maintaining your blinds does depend on the style and material of the window dressings, for instance, wood, plastic, metal or fabric.
In fact, blinds come in an array of textures and fabrics and most are actually pretty low-maintenance. You can regularly use a lint roller to prevent dust building up and for a deeper clean, you can vacuum your blinds on a low setting using the soft dusting brush attachment.
If your blinds have any stains on them, you can spot-clean the window coverings using a damp cloth and a solution of water and a mild detergent. Use the cloth to gently blot the stain and avoid damaging the fabric. Keep in mind, though, that spot-cleaning could lead to a slightly cleaner and lighter spot on the fabric of the blinds. If that happens, you may want to give your blinds a wash. Most fabrics can be machine-washed, but make sure you carefully check the labels first. You should always wash your blinds in cold water and on the mildest setting with a detergent that is designed to wash delicate fabrics. Leave your blinds fully extended to dry completely.
How to Clean Different Kinds of Blinds
- Close your blinds and tie back any material curtains.
- Use the soft brush attachment on the vacuum cleaner to remove loose dust. You can also vacuum underneath and behind your blinds to reduce the likelihood of dust sticking to the surface when you clean the blinds.
- Use a damp, soft cloth that has been wet with water or a gentle cleaning material. Remove stubborn stains and dirt.
Do you have fabric or timber blinds? If so, you should only really be doing a spot clean.
Avoid using chemicals on timber blinds. Rather, dust with your vacuum attachment as explained above and then gently wipe with a solution of soapy water. Dry the blinds right away so that your timber doesn’t risk warping.
If you have vinyl or metal blinds, you can give them a quick clean like this:
- Put on a pair of rubber gloves and then place a pair of cotton gloves over them
- Mix together a litre of water with a teaspoon of ammonia
- Dip your gloves fingers into the mixture
- Run your fingers along the top while you run your thumb underneath each of the slats
How to Clean Aluminium Venetian Blinds
When you lower and raise your venetian blinds, make sure that the slats remain in a horizontal position. By regularly giving the blinds a light dusting, you can keep them looking like new.
To give your venetian blinds a really good clean, wipe down each slat starting from the edge and working your way to the centre to prevent dust building up on and around the cords.
Then, lower the blinds to their full length, tilt the slats until they are just about closed, and dust again. Finally, reverse tilt the slats and repeat the dusting process.
If you have venetian blinds in your kitchen, you probably already realise that they tend to gather layers of oil and grease. To get rid of this, you can use a mild solution of warm water and washing up liquid, dampen a soft cloth, and clean.
You should always allow your venetian blinds to air-dry. Stay away from ammonia-based products and scrubbing cleansers which could damage or scratch your blinds. If you want to give them a deep cleaning treatment, use your soft brush vacuum attachment.
How to Clean Faux Wood and Wooden Venetian Blinds
Wooden blinds of any variety should be kept away from rain and high moisture areas. When you’re cleaning your windows, make sure that you spray the window cleaner on a cloth and don’t spray directly on the windows since the solution could splatter your wooden window coverings.
You can clean your wooden venetian blinds the same way as the aluminium variety. Just be sure not to oversaturate the cloth as it could lead to the wood warping over time.
How to Clean Vertical Blinds
Vertical blinds are easier to clean than you may realise. You can clean them using a soft, damp cloth. Just avoid using any kind of abrasives that could result in colour fading and scratching. Keep in mind that the vertical veins of these blinds are delicate and tend to get damaged easily, so always be gentle. For a quick clean during deeper cleans, use a lint roller to pick up the dust.
Quick General Tips for Keeping Blinds Clean
One quick trick we can give you that will help maintain your blinds in between deep cleans is to use a dry-cleaning or fabric softening sheet once your blinds have been properly cleaned and are completely dry. This helps to repel dust and also cuts down on how often you have to clean your blinds. As an added bonus, it adds a lovely, fresh scent to the house.
Another good tip is to always clean your blinds with the direction of the honeycombs or slats and not against it. Also, make sure that you clean both sides, including the cords and hanging apparatus.\
No matter what kinds of window blinds you have in your home, a regular vacuuming with the brush attachment each time you clean the house can cut down on the frequency of deep cleans and increase your blinds longevity, saving you money in the long run.