Cleaning Blinds: Tips and Tricks
Advice about the best ways to clean and maintain your blinds really fits into two separate categories: cleaning slatted Venetian blinds made from aluminium, wood or uPVC; and cleaning fabric-based blinds, such as roller blinds, Roman blinds, pleated blinds or blackout blinds.
A regular, weekly vacuuming of your Roman or roller blind will reduce the need for constant washing, while fully extending it and wiping it down with a damp cloth will work for most non-stubborn stains and marks, leaving it fully unrolled until completely dry to avoid mildew.
There are times, however, when your fabric blind will need washing, and this is where things can get tricky. First of all, the blind will need removing from the window, making sure that all parts of the cord mechanism and dowels are taken off (some structure-holding elements may be sewn into the blind). It can then be washed on a low heat, similar to curtains. Note that if different fabrics are present in the lining, the blind may need to be dry-cleaned to avoid reactions between each material.
The slatted nature of Venetian blinds necessitates a different approach when cleaning. In practice, the process is made slightly easier by the separated slats, allowing for effective and regular dusting and cleaning with a cloth and disinfectant without the need to remove the entire unit – there are even specialised Venetian blind cleaning tools available that resemble three-pronged cooking tongues, letting you brush clean multiple slats at the same time. Vacuuming is again an option; though opt for the brush or upholstery attachment to avoid damage.
If your Venetian blind needs a real clean however, carefully remove the unit and simply lay it in the bath! Leave it to soak for a while with some light detergent, before rinsing clean and hanging to dry. If you are unsure as to how the material will react to water, always test a small patch first before washing the whole thing.
Note: Wooden Venetian blinds, even faux-wood styles, are highly absorbent, so should not be cleaned using liquids of any kind. This could cause them to warp when drying, and may even adversely affect any varnish or other finish that has been used to treat the wood. Only dusting and light cleaning methods should be used.
For more information about cleaning and general maintenance of your blind, as well as great deals on all models, contact the team at Gemini Blinds today.