How to Correctly Maintain Different Types of Blind
Highly attractive window blinds can quickly lose their aesthetic appeal if maintenance and cleaning is ignored. Dirt, grime, hair and dead skin cells can all accumulate on blinds without proper care. Luckily, window blinds are relatively easy to clean, but with a vast array of styles and materials on the market different techniques will need to be applied to achieve the optimal results. This article is going to give you some tips on how to keep your blinds in tip-top condition.
Perhaps the most ubiquitous on the list, the tiltable slats of Venetian blinds make reaching every crevice a simple task. Venetian blinds come in a wide range of different materials, however, and different cleaning techniques should be performed to suit the various types.
For PVC or aluminium, a simple wipe down will usually suffice. Simply apply a small mixture of water and a standard cleaning solution to a cloth (or even a clean sock!) and gently wipe down each slat individually. Make sure to do this gently as too much force could bend the slats.
For faux wood or real wood venetian blinds, wipe the slats down using a mixture of vinegar and water. Ensure you wring out the cloth after dipping it in the mixture and try to leave as little liquid on the blinds as possible. We recommend opening the window to air out any excess moisture that is left after the clean to avoid any discolouration.
The history of Roman blinds goes back over two millennia, and while the design has changed little in this time, the cleaning methods have greatly improved.
Fabrics are particularly prone to staining, so maintaining your blinds regularly is a must. Use a duster or the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove excess dust from the fabric.
Do not use a damp cloth to get rid of dust — only to remove stains. Apply a little stain remover to a damp cloth and gently blot the stain. Only the direct area of the stain should be tackled and forceful rubbing should be avoided.
Pleated blinds can be a little trickier to clean than other blinds because of their creases and honeycomb folds.
General stains can be tackled with a damp cloth and cleaning solution. You can use a rubbing technique on these blinds as long as they aren’t fabric. If they are fabric, spot clean the stains as you would with Roman blinds.
When it comes to dust, the outside can be cleaned using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. A technique for cleaning inside the honeycombs is to use a small hairdryer on a cool setting and blow through the honeycomb openings. This will push the dirt and dust out of the other side, allowing you to vacuum it up from the floor or windowsill.
Vertical blinds are the least dust-prone blinds on the list. However, if you do find them getting a little dirty, simple unclip the vertical slats and wipe them down using a mixture of water and a cleaning solution.
Sometimes your best efforts just won’t get rid of a stubborn stain. Many people would be tempted to wash it in a washing machine or a bathtub but this isn’t recommended as it can damage the winding mechanisms of your blind and significantly shorten its lifespan. Rather than cleaning or replacing the entire blind, many of the blinds feature removable slats that can simply be removed and replaced for a much less expensive solution.
At Kingston Blinds Direct, we offer specific slat replacements in a huge range of colours, materials and designs. There’s no need to replace your entire window blinds just because of a little dirt or damage, speak to the team at Kingston Blinds Direct today and we can help find the cost-effective blinds solution for you.