Unlike the floor, or the kitchen, window treatments are a part of the home that often get neglected when it comes to cleaning time. So, to help make your windows sparkle, here are some tips on how to keep your blinds in good shape with minimal effort and minimal cost.
How to clean blinds with slats
Tip #1: Use an old (but clean) sock to spot clean blinds.
Did you know that you can easily clean your blinds with things you probably already have lying around the house? If you’re wondering how to clean Venetian blinds or how to clean vertical blinds, simply grab a vacuum from the cupboard, put on the brush attachment and vacuum the slats one by one. Then, give them a wipe down with a microfibre towel and a bowl of warm, soapy water rather than an expensive blind cleaner or stain detergent.
If you don’t have a vacuum or microfibre towel handy, you can just as easily substitute the vacuum for a feather duster and the microfiber towel for a single (clean) sock. Put the sock on your hand and run it along any surface to pick up dust for clean blinds in a flash. Easy!
How to clean roller blinds
Tip #2: Extend the fabric to its full length and wipe both sides down with a damp cloth.
Roller blinds are one of the most practical and cost-effective window treatments you can buy. But, just like anything else in your home, they can easily accumulate dirt and dust. Luckily, cleaning roller blinds is simple, just follow these three steps.
- Extend the fabric:
- Grab a damp cloth:
- Clean around the blind:
Roll your blinds down so that the full length of the fabric is extended. This will ensure no area of the fabric is left covered in dust or debris!
Wet a cloth and gently wipe down the surface. Make sure you wipe both sides of the fabric and allow time for the blind to dry (to avoid mould) before rolling it back up.
Finally, don’t forget to wipe around the blinds, as dust can easily collect around the corners of the fixture.
Hack for plantation shutters
Tip #3: Rotate shutters in the morning to keep harsh light out.
Shutters are already great for providing insulation and keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. However, you can make them even more effective with this simple tip. When you leave home for the day, don’t forget to tilt your shutter blades up (with the rounded side facing out). This will ensure Fido or Fluffy will still be able to see outside while moving some of the heat towards the ceiling instead of the floor (saving you extra dollars on your energy bills!).
How to extend the lifespan of your blinds
Tip #4: Never leave your blinds permanently up or down.
If you leave your blinds in the one position too long, your blinds will retain a memory of that one position. This can lead to multiple problems such as the blinds getting stuck in a raised or lowered position or not being able to rotate properly.
Frequent movement gives them life and prolongs the life of your blinds so it’s important to make sure they move often in all the ways they were designed to. Pull fabric blinds up and down or rotate the louvres or slats of shutters, Venetians and verticals in every direction every once in a while. To further prolong the life of your blinds and other window treatments, always use the operating device (control chain, cords or wand) to keep them in alignment and functioning the way they were designed to!
Tips for removing and preventing mould
Tip #5: Open your windows frequently to prevent mould.
Mould forming on your blinds is not only unsightly, but it can also be harmful to your health. Mould thrives in damp areas such as windows, where there is dust, dirt or organic material, that’s why the number one way to reduce mould is to open your windows regularly. By opening the windows at least once a day, this allows the mould spores to escape and lets patches of condensation dry out.
If you’ve already got some mould forming in your windows, curtains and blinds, here are some mould removal cleaning tips.
Before turning to commercial anti-mould products that often contain harsh chemicals, start the mould removal process by vacuuming the fabric to remove mildew spores. Then, try rubbing the mildew spots with a paste made from lemon juice and salt. Once the paste has been applied, give the curtains a thorough wash in the machine (following the instructions on the tag).
Mouldy non-fabric blinds
Just like mouldy curtains, try this hack for cleaning blinds before you turn to chlorine-based bleach. Spot clean with detergent and water or some lemon juice for stubborn mould, then soak in hot water and air dry.
Mouldy fabric blinds
To clean mould off fabric blinds, lay them on a flat surface and use a soft brush to wipe away dry mould. Then, use a mild detergent solution to wipe the fabric, followed by a clean cloth washed in water. Finally, hang them up to air dry.
Hacks for preventing paint on your blinds
Tip #6: Use household items to protect your blinds while painting.
If you’re thinking of painting your walls, you need to consider how you’ll keep paint away from your window treatments. If you’re painting around the entirety of a window, the best way to protect your blinds is to remove them all together. Even though this requires a little extra effort on your behalf, it’s worth it!
If you’re only painting a small area, or taking your blinds down isn’t possible, here are three household items that can protect them.
- Plastic wrap:
- Plastic bag/tarp:
Use a roll of tape to carefully tape up the edges of your blinds to protect them when you get a bit too close with the paintbrush.
If you have blinds or curtains that hang, wrap the bottoms with plastic wrap and use tape to hold in place.
Sturdy, waterproof storage bags and garbage bags are great for protecting curtains and blinds. Simply place the bulk of the material in the bags and seal, or cut to fit the shape of the blinds/curtains and seal with tape.
Tip #7: Clean your curtains without taking them down.
Wondering if you can clean your curtains without taking them down? You can! The trick is to use a vacuum cleaner on your curtains frequently to prevent excessive dust build-up. Steam cleaning is another effective way to spruce up curtains. Better still, it can be done while the curtains are hanging up. To achieve the best result, work your way from the top to the bottom of the curtains.
If you’d like more tips on cleaning blinds or cleaning curtains, check out this Cleaning Blinds On Every Budget article, drop me a message on Facebook or call my 100% Australian customer support on 1300 699 041.
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