We all know that cleaning around the house is a chore that’s necessary — but sometimes we forget to do a deeper cleaning for blinds and shutters.
It’s actually easier than you might think and takes no time at all once you know what you’re doing.
Here’s a guide on how to clean different types of blinds to maintain their longevity and prevent breakages.
General Blinds Cleaning Tips
Blinds are often delicate, and the materials they’re made from can be cleaned without heavy chemicals.
Use a lint cloth or dust glove to wipe over shutter blades regularly.
This will pick up most of the dust and dirt and can be done quite quickly as part of your everyday cleaning routine.
Wipe from the centre outwards so you actually move the dust off, rather than just wiping it around.
When you do want a deeper clean, spray and wipe down surfaces with a microfibre cloth.
There’s no need for heavy bleach and in fact, heavy chemicals are likely to damage the surface of most blinds.
We recommend you use light detergent that you mix with water in a spray bottle, or even a natural all-purpose cleaner.
Vertical blinds are often on larger windows and sliding glass doors.
You can clean the shutter blades by dusting and spraying as above, but because of the drip you may want to spray the cloth and then wipe, rather than spraying the blades directly.
To clean the top track, you should use a silicone spray every twelve months.
Stand on a step stool or sturdy chair to reach, then spray and let sit.
Silicone spray can be purchased at homeware stores or auto parts stores, and creates a thin, odourless film that helps lubricate and waterproof metal surfaces.
Doing this every year will help extend the life of the blinds and prevent breakages.
Because not all fabrics are washable, the best way to clean roller blinds is by vacuuming with an upholstery head.
You should also use an upholstery head when vacuuming panel glides or other similar fabrics.
Venetian blinds are practical and versatile — though they do collect dust regularly and require more routine cleaning.
To clean venetian blinds, close the blinds fully with the wand.
You can use a dust glove or a feather duster to go over each shutter blade.
Alternatively, wipe down with a light detergent, or even a mix of one part white vinegar and one part warm water in a spray bottle to remove germs and dust.
Then, reverse the direction of the blades 180 degrees and repeat on the reverse side.
For tougher or deeper cleaning, you can remove PVC or aluminium venetian blinds using the spring at the top.
Close the blinds and lay down on clean concrete, then spray using a detergent or gently scrub tougher spots and hose down with water.
Reverse the process on the other side and let air dry.
Do not do this with wooden blinds.
You should clean venetian blinds once a fortnight to prevent dust trappings entering your house.
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