Why do we Spring clean?
It all started in the 1800’s, where a deep clean of the home was a necessity because of all the accumulated soot from heating throughout the winter.
These days there isn’t much soot to be found in the average West Australian home. Though the tradition is a great chance to open the windows, air out the space and get ready for the year ahead.
And what better way to get cracking on the cleaning than paying a little attention to your blinds? Here’s a few tips to have your blinds and shutters looking 2022 ready.
How to clean horizontal and vertical blinds
To get a handle on cleaning your horizontal and vertical blinds, grab your vacuum, make sure the brush attachment is connected and start at the top of the blind. Gradually making your way down toward the bottom, working from left to right. You might be tempted to remove the blinds but leaving them in place makes the vacuuming process much easier.
Next, grab a microfibre towel, found at most supermarkets, and a bowl of warm, soapy water to give the blinds a wipe. Again, starting from the top and pulling downwards. A handy tip is to hold the blind in the middle of the slat, work your way out to one end and then back to the centre, to then wipe in the other direction. Leave your blinds to air dry and you’re good to go.
How to clean fabric blinds
Fabric blinds can require a bit more care to clean, but the end result is well worth the effort! If you’ve got dust, you’ve got dirt. Keep it at bay with regular vacuuming and dusting to ensure your blinds or curtains look the part all year round. If you’re really in the mood to turn spring cleaning up a notch, remove the blinds and wash each side with some warm, soapy water. Rinse well and leave them flat for a day or two to air dry.
How to clean wooden shutters
The trick to cleaning wooden shutters, much like vertical and horizontal blinds, is keeping it simple. Start with the vacuum and brush attachment to remove as much dirt and dust as possible, then get in-between each slat with a soft drying cloth to reach any left over.
But for the more stubborn areas, wet the cloth with some warm water and gently work on scrubbing away any built-up dirt or grime. Then, take a dry cloth and give your shutters a once over to thoroughly dry them off. This is key to avoiding warping or damage to the material.
Decluttering your home
Now that we’ve covered blinds, another opportunity Spring cleaning brings is the chance to declutter, and there aren’t many better feelings than getting rid of the old. From those shirts you thought you’d wear but never did, to the acoustic guitar you swore you’d learn to play to compliment the voice lessons you never attended.
When it comes to decluttering, it all starts with the small stuff. Don’t overwhelm yourself by thinking of the whole home. Bite off small chunks in the form of cupboards, closets and individual rooms to turn a huge job, into a few smaller tasks.
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