Top Tips for Cleaning Blinds
While we’re all busy hibernating during the winter, our blinds and shutters tend to accumulate all of the dirt, dust and grime. But let’s be honest, no one wants to spend all weekend cleaning them, especially now that the sun’s shining! We’ve got some simple tips to help you bring the colour and vibrancy back to your blinds and shutters, increase their lifespan and freshen up your home for the warmer months.
How to clean horizontal and vertical blinds
Using a vacuum, pop on the brush attachment and starting at the top, gently move down toward the bottom, working from left to right. Don’t bother taking them down – you’re likely to find blinds and shutters are much easier to clean if you leave them in place! Next up, grab a microfibre towel (you can find one easily at most supermarkets) and a bowl of warm, soapy water (a few drops of normal dish-washing detergent will do the trick) and give them a good wipe, again starting at the top and pulling down. A good tip is to hold the blind in the middle of the slat, work your way out to one end and then head back to the centre and wipe in the other direction. Let your blinds air dry and wa-la, good as new!
How to clean fabric blinds
Fabric blinds require a little more TLC than their wood or aluminium counterparts (though well worth the extra effort). Dust turns to dirt, so keeping it at bay with regular vacuuming and dusting is your best bet to dodge discolouration and ensure your blinds or curtains continue to look their best. If you’re in the mood to take the spring-cleaning next level, remove the blinds and wash each side with some warm, soapy water on a sponge. Rinse them well, then leave them for a day or two to air dry.
How to clean wooden shutters
Much like with cleaning vertical or horizontal blinds, it’s best to keep things simple when it comes to cleaning your wooden shutters. Start by using a vacuum with the brush attachment over the shutters to remove as much dirt and dust as you can. Get in between each slat with a soft dusting cloth to reach any left-over dust. For the more stubborn areas, wet the cloth with some warm water and gently scrub any built-up dirt or grime. After you’ve done that, take a dry cloth and give your shutters a once-over to thoroughly dry them off – this is key to avoid warping or damage to the material.