After curtains, blinds are quite the popular choice for covering windows. Warm sunlight peeking slightly through the blinds brings a great look and feel to your home. However, from time to time, you need to give your wood or plastic panels a nice wipe so that you don’t find yourself inhaling allergen when opening your blinds.
Window blinds are amongst those household furnishings that are only cleaned either when you have a sudden rush of energy or when they emit an unbearable amount of dust. Either way, this cleaning task isn’t as bad as it is often made out to be. A few cleaning tools and basic know-how is all you need to get your window blinds spick and span.
Here are a few of the best ways to clean interior blinds.
Just like other household items, regular dusting is the key to keeping your blinds clean overall. But, if you find your blinds with a few spots that aren’t pleasing to look at, white vinegar is what you need! Pick a soft and clean cloth, place it over your hand, and dip it in a bowl of vinegar. Now, gently wipe your hand across each slat of your interior blinds. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe off any residue, and voila! This method is a great choice for faux wood, vinyl, or any other sensitive material.
Deep Cleaning Interior Blinds
Interior blinds that have been neglected for quite a while need more than a simple wipe down. You can start by reading the maintenance instructions that came with the blind, but if you don’t find them, there is no need to worry! We have everything you need. Many types of blinds, such as those made of fabric or wooden material, need to be handled with additional care. You also don’t need to fret about removing your blinds to clean them.
Let’s take a look at a few ways to deep clean different types of blinds.
Cleaning Vertical Blinds
Vertical blinds can be quite difficult to handle. However, you can get them squeaky clean without removing them with just a little more time and effort. Initiate the cleaning process by place towels on the floor right below your blinds to catch any runoff. Then proceed onto filling two buckets, one with plain water and the other one with soap water.
Dip two sponges in soap water and wipe both the sides of the vertical blinds simultaneously. Clean them from the top down to avoid getting the blinds off their track. Remember to dip your sponges in clean water to give them a good rinse before moving onto the next slat. Use a dry microfiber cloth to prevent water spots from forming.
The best idea is to dust mini-blinds weekly to avoid dust and grime buildup. You can reach all sides of the slats by completely extending the blinds and turning the slats until you’re looking at their opposite sides. You can now use a microfiber cloth or duster to sweep the dust in the direction of the slats gently. Turning the blinds ninety degrees will help you dust off the sides of the slats.
Cleaning Wooden Blinds
You should dust your wooden blinds at least twice a week and thoroughly clean and polish them twice a year to maintain their appearance. You will also have to clean wooden blinds more often if they are located in your kitchen due to the accumulation of grease and moisture.
That being said, you need to start by vacuuming your wooden blinds to suck up all the dust properly. Once you’re done with that, make sure to wipe them down using a damp cloth, not a wet one! When it comes to wooden blinds, using a wet cloth can cause moisture to discolor and damage the wood. You can top off this cleaning process by giving your wooden blinds a proper finishing using a wood preservative.
Cleaning Fabric Blinds
Fabric blinds are quite sensitive, which is why you need to be extra careful when cleaning them. You should start the cleaning process by gently vacuuming the blinds. Dip a soft clean cloth in warm water and mild detergent to spot clean your blinds. Make sure that you don’t crinkle or crush the fabric. You can also you a special stain fighter to get rid of stubborn stains. When cleaning fabric blinds, the best practice is to do a patch test and allow it to dry for a day to ensure that the fabric doesn’t fade.
Cleaning Faux Wood Blinds
Faux wood blinds are quite popular these days, and rightly so! Not only do they add some amazing aesthetics to the interior of your space, but they are also quite budget-friendly. Use a vacuum brush attachment to eliminate any excess dust and dirt from your faux wood blinds. Then, make a mixture of mild detergent and lukewarm water. Dampen a soft cloth in this mixture and swipe across the slats of the blinds. Make sure to clean the front and back, and blot dry them.
You might have to remove faux wood and other synthetic blinds to clean them properly if they are too grimy. Faux wood blinds are quite durable and are resistant to warping. So, you can easily take them down and wash them properly in a tub full of hot soapy water. Make sure to submerge the blinds completely and let them soak for at least an hour before spraying them off with hot water. Pull out the blinds from the tub, shake them out, and wipe any excess water off before hanging them.
Cleaning Woven Bamboo Blinds
Woven wood blinds require a careful cleaning process. Vacuum your woven blinds using a brush attachment by holding it an inch away to avoid creating suction that can damage the material. Things that work for other blinds – paper towels, damp cloths, and microfiber sheets can get caught in the bamboo weave. Therefore, you should avoid using such materials altogether. Just use a vacuum instead of wiping off the surface.
In case your woven bamboo blinds have become too grimy, you will have to remove them and soak them in a tub filled with warm water and a special wood cleaner. All the blinds to soak for around an hour before pulling them out and spraying them with hot water. Shake off the excess water from your blinds and pat them dry before hanging them back up.
All in all, these were some of the best ways to clean interior blinds. Remember that there’s no one-fits-all solution when it comes to cleaning blinds. You will have to consider the material and texture of the blinds that you’re dealing with before you dive into the process of cleaning them!
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