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Cleaning Outdoor Blinds The Right Way

Investing in outdoor blinds is crucial for many Australians, shielding outdoor areas from the harsh sun in summer and chilly temperatures in winter. With outdoor living being a staple of Australian lifestyle, from casual family gatherings to festive parties, ensuring these spaces are usable year-round is paramount.

For those who’ve invested in outdoor blinds, preserving your investment is key. Cleaning them is straightforward, but a few tips can ensure their longevity.

Our tips and tricks for cleaning outdoor blinds

All outdoor blinds and awnings will need attention to keep them clean and functioning properly. Here are a few tips and tricks:

  1. Clean regularly to avoid stains and damage.
  2. Always allow blinds to be fully dry before being rolled up.
  3. Remove foreign matter such as bird droppings, tree sap or dirt as soon as possible.

Cleaning Outdoor Blinds

Cloth on spray on wooden table- tips on cleaning window coverings.

Our recommended cleaning process

  1. Remove spots of soiling from the blinds to avoid scratches when wiping with a cleaning cloth. A soft brush will do the job. For stuck-on pieces, a soft toothbrush is a great tool.
  2. Wipe gently with a soft fabric cloth. Microfibre is a great option as it won’t leave lint behind. Use diluted warm water mixed with a water-based cleaning detergent.

Never use bleach, solvents or harsh cleansers. Natural detergents work best. Always do a patch test before covering your whole blind in the product.

 A good rule for this is one-part detergent to ten parts water. Try to avoid harsh scrubbing as it may damage the surface of the material.

  1. Rinse completely with fresh water.
  2. Allow to dry completely before rolling up. You can use a chamois or lint-free cloth to help speed up the drying process.

Using water hose to spray and clean outdoor blinds.

Using cloth to scrub dirt from blinds. Cleaning outdoor blinds.

Cleaning tougher stains

If stubborn stains persist after washing your blinds, create a milder cleaning solution using one part detergent to 20 parts lukewarm water. Apply this solution to the affected areas, allowing it to sit for a short while before gently scrubbing with a soft cloth or toothbrush. Ensure the area is thoroughly moistened before attempting to remove the dirt.

Make it a habit

When cleaning outdoor blinds the most important thing is to be intentional and regular with your cleaning. Brushing down outdoor blinds with a soft brush and rinsing with fresh cold water as well as a wipe over with detergent on a semi-regular basis will keep your blinds functioning at their best for years.

Contact us at Complete Blinds for any further questions regarding the very best for your blinds. We’re more than happy to help!

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