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Give Your Blinds a Spring Clean

30th May 2015

Spring cleaning is a task that everyone needs to undertake every so often; dusting and tidying cabinets, counters and furniture as well as organising belongings and getting rid of things you no longer need. But an area that often gets overlooked is blinds – their relatively small surface area means that they can go unnoticed when you’re busy cleaning your house. This article will look at the ways to effectively clean certain types of blinds to help you keep them looking as good as possible.

 

Vertical blinds

Cleaning vertical blinds is simple: it only requires a dusting cloth and some cleaning spray. Firstly, use the spray to loosen the dust on the slats. This will make it easier to remove it, which you can do by running the duster from top to bottom. You may find that you need to replace the duster as you go on and it gathers dust (this, of course, depends on how long ago you last cleaned your blinds). If you have the appropriate equipment, excessively dusty blinds can benefit from being vacuumed.

 

Venetian blinds

There are several ways that you can clean your Venetian blinds, but one of the most efficient ways is light cleaning. A dry cloth can be used to get rid of dust, but if there are more stubborn stains or marks, then it is best to add some cleaning fluid. There are a few specialist Venetian blind cleaning sprays that not only clean the slats, but leave them in an ‘antistatic’ state which helps prevent dust settling on the blinds again. Before using any specialist spray, check with the manufacturer of your blinds to ensure the cleaning solution is suitable, and then test the process by adding it to a small section of your blinds.

 

Roller blinds

The most effective cleaning methods for roller blinds is dependent on the type of material they are made from. One universal technique that can help with your cleaning is giving the blinds a once-over with the vacuum cleaner before you start. For cleaning particularly dirty roller blinds, you will need the following:

  • Mild detergent
  • A sponge or soft cloth
  • Old toothbrush
  • Warm water
  • A drying rack

Remove the blinds, lay them flat on the floor and fill your bath to about half full with warm water. Add the detergent, then lay the blinds in the bath. Leave them for a couple of hours so they can soak, and then return and wipe the blinds from one end to the other with a cloth or sponge (use an old toothbrush for more stubborn stains). Rinse off any remaining soap suds, then leave them out to dry and hang them back up and you will have fresh, clean blinds on your windows.

 

Here at Barton Blinds, we are proud to provide the finest quality blinds for our customers, tailored to meet your exact needs. If you would like to know more about what we do, please feel free to get in touch with us today and we will be happy to help.

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