How to Clean Venetian Blinds
Cleaning venetian blinds is a little different to cleaning vertical blinds, as they usually lack washable fabric covers. Instead, we need to clean the blinds themselves, and the methods for doing so will vary depending on the type of material your blinds are made from.
Wooden blinds tend to be the most vulnerable type of venetian blind, and the best way to care for them and clean them is to keep things simple. It’s best not to saturate wood with water, so if a blind can be cleaned using a duster or the soft brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner, then do so. For more stubborn marks that don’t respond to this sort of treatment, a slightly damp cloth should make more of a noticeable difference.
Aluminium blinds are typically very hardwearing, and can withstand a tougher cleaning method than wood. Once again, it’s always best to use a duster or a vacuum cleaner to remove surface dust, and then tackle the more stubborn dirt and stains separately. For metal slats, a good quality surface cleaner like HANDY ANDY will work wonders – follow the instructions on the product label for the best results. Apply to the slats and wipe as you would your kitchen worktops. Just be sure to test in an inconspicuous area first to ensure the cleaner you’re using doesn’t damage the metal.
Plastic blinds fall somewhere in between wooden and metal blinds when it comes to durability. They can withstand more than a simple damp cloth, but shouldn’t be cleaned with the stronger brands of cleaning fluid. Instead, fill a deep bowl or bucket with some warm water and add a dishwashing soap like SUNLIGHT. Mix well, dip your cloth into the bucket, and wipe down the plastic slats until they’re clean and sparkling. Use a separate cloth to dry to ensure that no soapy residue remains.
Cleaning both vertical and venetian blinds is actually much simpler than you may think; so if you’re keen to protect yourself from the never-ending sunshine in South Africa, then don’t be afraid to pick up a set. Blinds can actually be very low maintenance features if you treat them right – and they add a definite wow-factor to your home.