Blind maintenance: How to clean roller blinds
Roller blinds are an excellent choice as a window treatment because they offer protection for your furniture and floors, keep the warmth in during the winter and the coolness in during the summer, and add visual appeal to your home. However, it’s no secret that they can get dusty and dirty, particularly if they experience heavy usage. Proper cleaning on a regular basis prolongs the lifespan of your roller blinds and keeps them looking their best for longer.
Follow these simple tips to learn how to clean your roller blinds without risk of damaging them.
1. Dust the Blinds
Your first step is to use the vacuum or a sturdy dust cloth to remove all the dust and built-up debris on the blinds. This ensures that when you do get the blinds wet, you aren’t left with an accumulation of damp dust collected on the edges and in the corners that ends up smearing over the surface when you wipe clean.
2. Submerge the Blinds in Water
You can do this in the bath as it will make cleaning up convenient, but you can also use a large bucket if you prefer. Allow the blinds to soak in hot, soapy water for at least 30 minutes. This helps remove any stuck-on dirt and debris. Make sure to use a mild soap or detergent so it won’t damage your blinds. You may want to do a spot check before placing your blinds in the water to be sure the soap won’t discolour your blinds; you can add a small amount of bleach if the blinds are white.
3. Scrub the Blinds
After you’ve left the blinds to soak for a while, use a soft rag to wipe the surfaces to ensure that you remove all dirt and debris – you can use a toothbrush for stubborn spots. Start at the top and work your way down so you don’t miss anything. Since you don’t do this deep clean all the time, be sure you get in all the nooks and crannies on the blinds – there’s nothing worse than hanging them back up and realising you’ve missed a spot.
4. Air Dry the Blinds
Once you’ve finished cleaning, gently wipe excess water from the blinds and then lay them in the sun to dry. Drape the blinds over the washing line or a clothes horse to keep them off the ground where dirt and debris can collect on the wet spots. Make sure the blinds are completely dry before you move them or you might have water dripping from them onto the floor once they’re hung back up.
5. Regular Maintenance
Most experts suggest washing your roller blinds once a year or so; many homeowners choose to do this as part of their spring cleaning routine. It’s a good idea, however, to keep up with maintenance by dusting and wiping the blinds every couple of weeks. This makes the big job of taking them down and cleaning them easier and protects the integrity of the blinds in between spring cleans.
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