Window-dressings such as blinds are an important decorative feature of any space, both at work and at home. They see a lot of action during their lifetime due to their ability to control how a room is lit and should therefore be regularly maintained so that they remain in working order. We’ve put together a guide on how best to clean and care for window blinds so that they’re both pleasing on the eye and stay fully operational for a long time.
Regularly cleaning window-dressings such as blinds is very important, not just for aesthetical reasons but also because dirt and grime can affect their operation. Before starting a wet-clean, wipe up and down the slats to dislodge any dust – avoid using a thin cloth as these tend to just move the dust around without absorbing any particles. Instead use a thick duster. If you have fabric blinds, it is safe to use a regular air freshener in order to remove any stubborn dust or dirt. However, if your blind features wooden slats use compressed air so as not to cause any damage to them.
Once you’ve completed the dusting stage it’s time to move on to wet-washing. Be sure not to use hot water to wash the blind – many blinds, particularly those which are folded and weighted at the bottom are secured with glue instead of stitching. So these will melt if your water is too hot which may result in your blind unravelling before your eyes. Warm water is more advisable and is equally effective at removing stains without compromising any glued sections. If you’ve decided to remove your blinds for cleaning and have opted to use a bath or bucket check the temperature of the water first.
Remove foreign matter immediately
Remove any foreign matter immediately, particularly if you have a fabric blind. The longer you leave it, the more likely it is that the remaining stain will become permanent. Use a soft cloth and warm water to get rid of any matter that has accumulated as soon as you see it.
After the wet-wash, let your blinds dry naturally. Some opt to hang the blinds to dry but this can cause stretching to individual slats due to inconsistent moisture retention. To guard against this, lay it out on some towels, allowing it to dry completely before re-hanging.
In order to maintain a blind’s longevity, it’s often a good idea to secure it in the vertically fixed position as often as possible. This allows for the material to maintain its shape and can prevent wasting or contraction. However, when there are heavy gusts of wind, roll the blind up so that the slats are protected as well as the window frame they’re attached to. If your fabric blinds have become wet due to a sudden shower (or you’ve cleaned them), never roll them up. Moisture can get caught inside the rolled up layers which, if warmed up by sunlight, can cause lasting damage.