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How to Clean Different Types of Blinds

 

South Africa is one of the sunniest countries in the world, receiving an average of 8.5 hours of sunshine each day, year-round, which is no small wonder why so many South Africans opt to place blinds in the windows of their home to seek refuge from the light and warmth of the sun.

Blinds can be a beautiful addition to the home decor as they serve a functional and aesthetic purpose. There are many different textures and materials to choose from, allowing homeowners to have customized looks for each type of window.

However, as with most things in the home, blinds will require cleaning from time to time, and there is a specific way to clean each type of blind to ensure that they are not damaged.

How to clean different types of blinds safely and effectively will depend on using the right products and the correct method as per the type of blind. Before grabbing any cleaning product, read the label and follow guides such as this one to ensure that you can clean your blinds the right way.


What to consider when you clean different types of blinds

 

  • Vacuum cleaning can be done on most types of blinds weekly, ensuring that dust is removed before it can build up and require in-depth cleaning.
  • Clean both sides of the blind properly, tending carefully to each fold, pleat, and corner.
  • If you have blinds that can be hand-washed, use a squeezing technique, and avoid wringing them out. Make sure that the detergent is dissolved in the water before adding the blinds to the tub.
  • When drying fabric blinds, use a combination of air drying and tumble drying on a low heat cycle.
  • All blinds tend to attract a lot of fur and hair, use a lint roller frequently to prevent build-up.
  • Fabric softeners are your friend in removing odors.
  • If you have blinds over your kitchen window, there can be grease and grime on them. Make a solution of water and vinegar at a 1:1 ratio and use a microfibre cloth to wipe your blinds off.

 

What to avoid when cleaning blinds

 

  • Ensure that blinds are completely dry
  • Do not vacuum blinds that are wet as wet blinds can attract dust to the blinds
  • Avoid using a lot of pressure when cleaning blinds

 

How to clean different types of blinds

 

Venetian Blinds

 

Venetian blinds are flexible and can be cleaned either on or off the windows. These blinds can simply be cleaned using warm water and an all-purpose household cleaner.

Vinegar and water are also another popular way to clean Venetian blinds as the mixture is very effective in removing dust, grime, grease, and other forms of dirt.

They can be cleaned by washing each slat gently by hand with a soft cloth and when one side is done, the same can be done on the other side. Lastly, they can be wiped dry with a soft cloth.

 

Ziptrak Blinds

 

Outdoor PVC Ziptrak Blinds can easily be cleaned either with a hose or a pressure washer to rinse off any dirt. Make sure that the water pressure is low enough so that the material is not damaged.

If there are any stains on the blinds, a gentle detergent and soft cloth can be used to wash the blinds. Once they are sufficiently cleaned, the Ziptrak blinds can be wiped dry with a soft cloth.

 

Vertical Blinds

 

Vertical blinds typically have washable fabric that can be removed and inserted into the washing machine, allowed to air dry, and re-hung. However, vertical blinds must be handled with care to ensure that they do not suffer any damage during the washing or drying process.

  • Use the gentlest setting on the washing machine and to protect the fabric, insert the blinds into a laundry bag or empty pillowcase before placing them in the washing machine.
  • Use a gentle detergent that will not bleach, damage, or discolour the material.
  • Make sure to check the care labels on the blind coverings to see what the right temperature is for machine washing the blinds.
  • Do not rush the drying process and avoid using a tumble dryer. If a tumble dryer is the only viable option, make sure to use the lowest setting possible.

 

Vinyl and Aluminium Blinds

 

Vinyl and Aluminium blinds can be cleaned easily with a gentle household cleaner. It is not necessary to remove these blinds, but if they cannot be cleaned hanging up, they can be taken down and cleaned in the sink.

They can also be cleaned by lying them down on a dry clean surface outdoors, using a spray cleaner, or by washing them by hand. Once clean, use an absorbent and clean cloth to wipe them dry before hanging them back in place.

 

Wooden Blinds

 

Wooden blinds can be cleaned by wiping them down with a soft micro fabric cloth or a feather duster, much like any other wooden furniture is cleaned. Wipe them down from side to side on each slat, turn them when one side is finished, and clean the other side.

If dusting is not enough to clean them, they can be washed by hand with warm water and a slightly damp sponge.

Faux wood blinds can be cleaned using warm water and vinegar, or a gentle household cleaner.

 

Roller Blinds

 

Roller blinds can be cleaned using a mixture of dishwashing liquid and warm water. Using a sponge, they can be wiped off starting from the bottom and working upwards.

To dry them, they can be left open to air dry, leaving them clean and looking like new.

 

Holland Blinds

 

Like roller blinds, Holland blinds can be cleaned using some dishwashing liquid diluted in warm water and a sponge.

You might also find our guide to choosing the right blinds useful. Blinds for U offers blinds for sale in Centurion and various other locations in South Africa. Get in touch with a consultant today.
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