A Detailed Guide to Cleaning Your Window Blinds
To keep your window blinds in good shape, you need to clean them regularly. But because they are delicate, you can’t clean them without knowing the correct method of doing so. And cleaning them the wrong way may cause irreparable damage. This blog sums up the most effective ways to clean your blinds without damaging them.
How to Clean Different Window Blinds Without Damaging Them
Read on to know about the methods of cleaning five popular types of window blinds.
- Wood Blinds
Wood blinds need more care than other materials. If they have a painted or stained finish, wipe them with a soft cloth and clean with spray polish. Do not use water as it may lead to bubbling, warping, bowing or discoloration. Avoid ultrasonic cleaning or chemical solvents as they may ruin the wood. Use a dust cloth, dusting mitt, soft feather duster or clean cloth. You can also use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment.
- Faux Wood Blinds
Faux wood blinds are more durable and moisture resistant than real wood. Wipe the slates with a dry rag. To clean them, use a damp cloth with a mild soap or detergent. Avoid any kind of abrasive sponge. You can also vacuum faux wood blinds with a brush attachment. To remove stubborn dirt and grime, use a solution of warm water and mild detergent.
- Roller Blinds
Roller blinds are water resistant and easy to clean. Use a damp cloth to wipe your roller blinds from one end to the other. Allow some time for them to dry before raising them again. To clean a plastic roller blind chain or cord, use soapy water. A simple silicone spray is also perfect for cleaning roller blinds as it expels dirt and prevent squeaking and stiffness. Avoid contact with the blind fabric when spraying as it may react poorly and cause discolouration or bleaching.
- Aluminium Blinds
Aluminium blinds need regular cleaning to prevent dust accumulation as their horizontal arrangement and metal slats attract a lot of dirt. Wipe from the middle outwards using a soft duster. To remove grease or stains, use a gentle detergent like dishwashing liquid. Detach the blind from the headrail and lay it over a protective surface like an old blanket or towel. Mix warm water with a small amount of detergent and wipe down each slat with the solution using a soft sponge. Then, rinse your blinds with clean, cold water and allow them to air dry. You can also use a hairdryer (running on the coolest setting) for the same purpose if you live in an extremely cold area.
- Roman Blinds
To maintain the elegant look and feel of your Roman blinds, you need to clean them regularly. As they are made with soft fabrics such as linen or cotton, it’s tough to remove stains and marks. Dust and dirt are easily cleaned using a soft vacuum cleaner brush attachment. Brush from top to bottom, focusing mainly on the edges as they tend to attract more dirt and dust than the other portions. Do not use stain remover as this may fade their colour.
Properly cleaning your window blinds is essential for maintaining their looks and quality. Your cleaning method should depend on the type of material. If you aren’t sure which technique to use, consult professionals who are experienced in cleaning different types of window coverings.