December 23, 2021 by admin
No matter how clean you keep your house, there is one thing that is sure to detract from its appearance: dirty, grimy blinds. Blinds attract dust, grease, pet hair, and other particles from the air. And because they are overlooked when it comes to routine cleanings, gunk can accumulate, making it especially difficult to remove. Allowing your blinds to collect debris can also trigger allergies for those in your home who are particularly sensitive.
1. The best way to clean window blinds? Don’t let them get too dirty in the first place!
The easiest way to clean blinds is to keep up with monthly cleanings. That will ensure that the dirt doesn’t get out of hand, necessitating a lengthy deep cleaning.
Clean plastic and metal blinds monthly by opening them and using a microfiber cloth, lambswool, or another type of duster to remove the dirt. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove the residue from the floor.
Employing a professional house cleaning service, either a weekly cleaning service or monthly house cleaning, is a convenient way to save time and ensure your window coverings don’t get too grimy.
2. Cleaning heavily soiled blinds
The best way to clean blinds that are heavily soiled is with a solution of one part vinegar and one part water and a drop of dishwashing liquid. Fill a bucket with the solution and place it near your blinds. Dip a clean sponge into the solution and wipe down each slat one at a time, then use a sponge dipped in freshwater for a “rinse.” Finish by allowing them to air dry or give them a gentle wipe with a clean, dry cloth.
3. Give your blinds a bath
Another method for cleaning especially filthy blinds is to remove them from your window and completely submerge them in a bathtub. Add a teaspoon or so of dishwashing liquid and a gallon of white vinegar. Allow them to sit for an hour or more, using a sponge to scrub off especially stubborn dirt. Drain the tub and rinse the slats with clean water. After gently shaking off excess moisture, hang them back up and mop up the remaining water with a clean, dry rag.
4. Cleaning wood blinds
For regular maintenance, dust your wood blinds once a week with a soft microfiber cloth. Undertake a more exhaustive cleaning at least twice a year. For those cleanings, begin by removing all surface dust and dirt. This step is crucial as if you don’t eliminate the debris, it will scratch the surface.
Start at the top and individually wipe down each slat. Be sure to dust both the front and back of the blinds. Next, use a wood cleaning solution to wipe down the window covering, followed by a wood conditioner if the slats look dull or faded.
5. Cleaning cloth tape on wood blinds
The best way to clean cloth tape on wood blinds is using fabric cleaning wipes to clean each piece of tape. To spot clean, use a cloth dipped in distilled water.
6. Refreshing fabric blinds
For routine dust removal, use a vacuum cleaner on its upholstery setting to suck up the debris, or a hairdryer or compressed air sprayer to blow it off. To spot clean stains, add a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid to warm water, dip a sponge into it, and gently blot the stains. Alternatively, you can take them to a dry cleaner.
Here is what not to do:
- Don’t use water to clean wood blinds.
- Don’t press hard on blinds. Regardless of the material, handle them gingerly so they don’t bend.
- Don’t proceed without first testing your chosen cleaner on a small area to ensure it doesn’t damage the surface.
- Never rub the fabric as it can damage the fibers.
- Do not use a garden hose to clean blinds.
- Do not use rubbing alcohol or alkaline cleaners on blinds as they can damage the finish.
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