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Blind cleaning at home

Is it time to clean the blinds in your home? Don’t worry – this article has plenty of helpful advice for blind cleaning!

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Blinds are elegant and practical, often used both in the work and living spaces. Unlike curtains, blinds can almost entirely block the sunlight, allowing you to control brightness of the lighting. They are easy to use and don’t require much work – and cleaning the blinds will not take much time and effort if you follow a few simple steps.

To cut down the amount of dust and dirt that accumulates on your blinds you should regularly dust them.

How to clean plastic blinds?

Blinds are often made of plastic or metal slats, which are relatively easy to keep clean at home. Here is the simplest, but the most time-consuming, cleaning method for cleaning blinds – along with a few variations and time-saving tips!

  1. Wipe each slat with a wet cloth or sponge soaked in warm water with few drops of washing up liquid or white vinegar.
  2. To make the process quicker and to avoid bending the slats, wipe each slat from both sides simultaneously. Use a sponge (folded in half).
  3. To make the cleaning process even quicker, try turning all slats parallel to the window surface and wiping them from top to bottom.
  4. Repeat the procedure by turning the blinds by 180 degrees to avoid leaving strips of dust in the places where the slats cover each other.

For a more thorough cleaning, you can remove the blinds from the window and clean them in the bathroom.

  • Cleaning blinds under running water in the tub or shower will help to remove dust and dirt.
  • To get rid of oily stains, use a cleaning product – you can apply it using a brush, sponge, or cleaning mitt.
  • Be careful – strong jets of water from the shower or tap can easily bend the slats. To avoid this problem, submerge the whole construction into a bath with warm soapy water, then thoroughly rinse the blinds and hang them to dry.

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How to clean wooden blinds?

Wooden blinds are much harder to clean at home – prolonged contact with water will make the wood swell and deform. You can clean blinds made from natural materials by using a vacuum cleaner (use a special attachment) or a sponge and cleaning products specifically designed for wood.

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How to keep fabric blinds clean? 

There are several ways to clean fabric blinds, depending on the type of fabric and level of dirtiness.

  • To keep them tidy, it’s a good idea to vacuum your blinds every few months using minimal suction power and a special attachment (usually one designed for cleaning soft furniture and upholstery).
  • Depending on the type of material, many fabric blinds can be washed in a washing machine on a delicate mode.
  • Remember to always check the label to see the manufacturer’s recommendation – if possible, do a spot test with any cleaning product or method.
person disabling the blind before cleaning

1. To wash the blinds in a washing machine, take the blinds off the window, disassemble them, removing any parts that should not be washed. Then carefully roll the fabric slats and place them in a special washing bag or cover with a gauze towel.

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2. After the wash, immediately unfold and hang the blinds to dry, attaching small weights to the bottom part of each slat to stretch the fabric back into shape.

3. After repeated washes, fabric blinds can lose its original look and texture. To keep the blinds clean and extend their lifespan, consider taking these blinds to a dry cleaner.

Even though blinds need a bit of care when it comes to cleaning them, with a bit of help it doesn't have to be difficult at all! We also have guides to cleaning vertical blinds and Venetian blinds.

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