Outdoor blinds are an important investment for so many Australians. The unforgiving sun in summer and cold temperatures in winter can render your outdoor spaces unusable. As a nation, we are consistently using outdoor spaces for entertaining, a humble family BBQ or even a huge party.
If you are one of the lucky ones who has decided to invest in outdoor blinds for your entertainment space, you may be interested to discover the ways you can protect your investment! Cleaning outdoor blinds is not a difficult process but there are a few things you should pay attention to in order to make sure your blinds last as long as possible.
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:
- Clean regularly to avoid stains and damage.
- Always allow blinds to be fully dry before being rolled up.
- Remove foreign matter such as bird droppings, tree sap or dirt as soon as possible.
Our recommended cleaning process
- 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.
- 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.
- Rinse completely with fresh water.
- Allow to dry completely before rolling up. You can use a chamois or lint-free cloth to help speed up the drying process.
Cleaning tougher stains
If after you’ve washed your blinds you’re still seeing some tough stains, mix a weaker solution of one-part detergent to 20 parts lukewarm water. As before, stay away from solvents and use a soft cloth or toothbrush to help remove the stain. This solution can be left to sit on the blind for a short period of time. When the area is completely moist try removing the dirt gently as mentioned above.
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!