Vertical blinds – they look pretty, but they can be quite tricky to wash. So tricky, in fact, that many people simply opt to remove the fabric slats and take them to the dry cleaners. However, cleaning vertical blinds at home is possible – and can even be easy – regardless of whether you’re dealing with wooden, plastic, or fabric slats. Here’s what you need to know:
Beware of the washing machine when cleaning vertical blinds at home
When trying to discover how to clean vertical blinds, many people will look at the washing instructions on the label. While this is a good idea, here are a few additional tips on how to try to keep your blinds safe. Even though many vertical blinds state they can be machine washed safely at temperatures of 40 degrees, some people find their blinds never come out quite the same as when they went in. Fabric blinds can snag and fray very easily, so if you do decide to machine wash, roll the blinds up and put them in an empty pillow case to protect them, and use a gentle wash cycle designed for woollens and delicates.
How to Clean Vertical Blinds at Home & Dry Them
Clean vertical blinds with warm, rather than hot, water
Don’t automatically assume that hot water is the better option for getting vertical blinds clean. If your blinds are folded and weighted at the bottom to keep them hanging properly, the fold may be glued, rather than stitched. Washing with hot water can melt the glue, unravelling the fold and exposing the weight. Warm water is always much better – it’s just as efficient at stain removal, yet won’t ruin any glued sections. If you’re cleaning vertical blinds in a bathtub, basin, or bucket, you can use your hands to gauge the temperature of the water.
If you decide you do wish to use your washing machine (after checking your blind’s care label states they are machine washable) don’t set the temperature higher than 30 degrees as a rule of thumb. You should also select a good quality laundry detergent like Omo Liquid – it will help to remove any tough stains! Just remember to follow the instructions on the label and check that the product is suitable for the fabric.