Cleaning Tips for Household Blinds, Curtains and Shutters

Cleaning Tips for Household Blinds, Curtains and Shutters

There are two kinds of people in the world: clean freaks and those who couldn’t care less if there’s dirty dishes in the sink or the bed hasn’t been made for the third day in a row. Me? I definitely fall into the clean freak category and always make sure every part of my home is spotless – including the blinds! For tips on how to keep yours clean with minimal effort and minimal cost, keep reading.

Tip #1: Use cheap vodka or white vinegar to get the smell out of blinds or curtains.

If there is a less-than-pleasant smell coming from your blinds or curtains, there are a few different ways to remove the odour. Believe it or not, my favourite way to get rid of smells is to use a diluted vodka mix. This spirit isn’t just great in a cocktail, it’s also a surprisingly effective and affordable deodorising agent. Just grab a cheap bottle from the shops, pour a splash into a spray bottle, fill it with water and spray the diluted mix on the fabric.

For an extra fresh touch, take the blinds or curtains down and hang them outside for some fresh air. Or, if you don’t want to use vodka, you can substitute it with white vinegar to produce a similar effect. Just be sure to spot test the vinegar mixture on the fabric before applying to the entire blind or curtain to make sure it doesn’t affect the colour of the material.

Tip #2: Use an old (but clean) sock to spot clean your Venetian blinds.

Did you know that you can easily clean your blinds with things you probably already have lying around the house? To clean vertical blinds and Venetian 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.

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!

Tip #3: To remove dust from roller blinds, 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, it doesn’t take much to get them back in tip-top shape, just follow these three simple steps.

1. Extend the fabric

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!

2. Grab a damp cloth

Once the fabric has been extended, wet a cloth until it’s damp 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.

3. Clean around the blind

Finally, don’t forget to wipe around the blinds, as dust can easily collect around the corners of the fixture.

Tip #4: Rotate shutters in the morning to keep harsh light out and let your fur babies see out the window.

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!).

If you’d like more tips on how to clean windows or care for your indoor blinds, 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.

Toodles!

- H x

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