Blind cleaning hacks - keeping your blinds and shutters clean and fresh
When we first wrote this Blog, the nights were beginning to draw in and we were about to turn the clocks back to winter time, and the first thing we were wanting to do when we got home was to cosy up and close the blinds and curtains. But now we're facing the brighter prospect of warm Spring weather, longer days, and hopefully a more healthy future!
Whilst we've all been locked away, some of us have noticed all the dust and dirt, especially on blinds and curtains that may have escaped the routine house cleaning.
This makes cleaning blinds an essential part of your Spring clean! Equally, the welcome (but low position) Spring sunshine can soon show up how dusty our blinds have got over the Winter months,
To help keep nasty winter germs, bacteria and bugs at bay – as well as other nasties that can't be seen by the human eye – an Autumn or Spring deep clean (especially in our current 'Covid times') can be more essential to health and well-being than a typical lightweight clean. Plus regular cleaning and upkeep will help your blinds looking fresh and new for longer.
Here we offer expert advice on ‘how to clean blinds’ and recommend the following tips to keep them not only spotless, but healthily clean for the whole household during the coming months.
How To Clean your Blinds
Before even starting to clean your blinds, you need to learn as much as you can about them and make sure that you know what type of cleaning/washing each type of blind can cope with. All blinds are different and some blinds would be ruined if you use water on them. If you are unsure, it's always best to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning to avoid a costly mistake. Most blinds should come with care instructions or this can be provided by your retailer.
Cleaning by types of blind
As a guide you can dust most blinds regularly with a soft cloth on both sides to get rid of any dust build up. For Venetian and Vertical blinds, a feather/ostrich duster with a handle is convenient to get in between those awkward slats. Aluminium Venetian blinds are probably the easiest to clean as they are the most moisture resistant. Be careful when cleaning the thinner slat metal Venetian blinds; it's easy to catch the end of the slat and bend it if you're too heavy handed!
For blinds which require a better clean to remove stains etc, for example Roller, Vertical and Pleated blinds, these can sometimes be sponge cleaned. But again, please check the fabric properties with your retailer to be sure your blind is suitable for this method.
Many of Nantmor's German sourced pleated fabrics are washable, and most if not all can be lightly vacuumed or wiped. For Cellular or Honeycomb blinds, a quick hack is to use a hair dryer to blow out any bugs that have made their way between the cells!
For Romans and curtains we recommend professional cleaning.
Be prepared! – get the right gear.
Cleaning apparatus can vary and you might not be aware of the different types on offer which can make surprisingly light work of even the most tricky to clean areas:
Baby wipes, which are soft and non-abrasive, can be great for wiping tapes on Venetian blinds and for operating wands etc.
Ostrich feather duster – the tiny barbules on the ostrich feathers act as fingers to collect dust without leaving static electricity behind, perfect for wooden blinds (we sell these for £15.00 each in our showroom)
Micro-fibre cloth – lint free and gentle, it is claimed that micro-fibre cloths are up to four times more effective than normal cloths.
We love this tailor made Venetian blind microfibre cleaner from
Lakeland https://bit.ly/2OWd6zm that wipes down two slats at a time
Dust – an absolute must?
It isn’t up there with everyone’s preferred household chore, but a weekly dust over your blinds will stop dust build up and limit the potential for stains and dirty marks, which are trickier to remove and can result in an expensive alternative to get clean.
Do the Shake and Vac (well, just the vac)
To go a bit deeper than dusting, Vacuuming your blinds every couple of months is a great idea. Use the upholstery or brush attachment on your cleaner. If you have a cordless machine with a short attachment for the tricky to reach areas this will make light work of this chore.
No nasty detergents please
Warm water and a mild detergent should be sufficient for most types of window blind as harsh chemicals can damage delicate material. Be careful not to drench your blinds as this can cause discolouration and distort wooden blinds. A mixture of 25% white vinegar and 75% water, can help to remove heavier dirt and stains.
Wood and aluminium blinds are easier to wipe down with liquid than fabrics without fear of damage but it’s still important not to use too much water, which could cause blinds to warp or damage the finish.
Healthy handles, cords and rods
The wand, cords, rod or bottom bar that operates the blinds is often handled daily (unless you’re lucky enough to have motorised blinds), yet many people still don’t clean it regularly. Luckily, it’s the easiest part of the blinds to clean and can be wiped clean with anti-bacterial wipe or spray.
Finally, for any Mrs Hinch fans, here are her tips for cleaning blinds using her favourite products – tumble dryer sheets (because they are anti static), Zoflora (of course) and kitchen roll
Here’s to a happy and healthy season following an Autumn or Spring clean! Contact us if you need any help or advice. We're always happy to help.