There are many simple and effective ways to clean your blinds. Regular cleaning and dusting will help to prolong the life of your blinds and enhance the look and feel of your room.
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 keep the louvres all together in a bunch. Lay them on the floor and carefully unclip the stabilising chains. This will then allow you to remove the weights by sliding them 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 settongs. If this is the case, select a gentle 40°C wash with three rinse cycles. Never use bleach as this could render the louvres unusable.
Remove the pillowcase from the washing machine and place the roll on the draining board for an hour to allow remaining water to drain away.
Release the tie and hang the louvres up to drip dry. Replace the weights at the same time, and 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 face all the hems in the same direction. Then reattach the stabilising chain.