How can you keep your blinds looking nice and lasting as long as possible? Proper cleaning! The good news is that there’s no need to remove your blinds from windows to clean them.
When cleaning your blinds try to keep a routine of no less than every two weeks, this way dust will be kept from building up. Even better when doing your regular cleaning/dusting, include the blinds as well. When dusting your blinds remember to do so before you vacuum or sweep, so the dust can be removed completely from your home then simply spreading it around.
To cut back on some of your blind’s cleaning, try not to spray any air fresheners, hair spray, or any other sprays that may cause a build-up of residue.
There is a special cleaner (for example: Casabella Premium Mini blinds duster) for dusting blinds that can be purchased at your local retailers or even online. These can be used for cleaning multiple blind blades at once.
Other cleaning tools that can be used are as follows:
A vacuum and upholstery attachment
A clean sock
White vinegar (may not be suitable on certain fabrics, and not on real wood)
To remove stains:
A clean sock
To deep clean:
Dish soap (not suitable for real wood blinds)
Wipe down closed blinds with the cloth and then adjust blinds to open and repeat the process. For stains, mix white vinegar with equal parts of water. Dip cloth/or sock into solution and wring out so it is still wet but not dripping. Run over the blades lightly. Dish soap (grease fighting brand) and water may be used on blinds that have a sticky residue. After using vinegar or dish soap solutions and wiping dry, be sure to leave your blinds open until completely dry.
After cleaning the blinds, you may want to check the windowsill, floor, and surrounding areas as it’s likely some of the dust and debris may find its way there. A vacuum or microfiber cloth are both easy ways to clean up any stray particles left around after cleaning your blinds.
NOTE: The Social Media Fabric Sheet Trend is a DON’T
We would not recommend Fabric Sheets, as some have advised on social media, even though it may remove the dust well, it can also leave a residue of the fabric softener on the blades. If you do opt to use a fabric sheet, make sure it is a used one from the dryer.
Additionally, if your existing blinds are looking worn, for example if the slats are warped, or broken, or the cords are yellowed or frayed, and the blinds are about ten or more years old, it might be time to consider looking into a new set blinds or other window treatments.
We offer many affordable custom blinds including horizontal or vertical, standard or motorize, metal, wood, faux wood cloth tape blinds, and fabric material in a range of patterns and colors. Contact us for a complimentary consultation for your next residential or commercial custom window treatment project!