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Rest assured, it’s no reflection on your cleaning standards. It just happens. Unfortunately, vertical blinds (like all other types of blinds) need the occasional wash. Dust, dirt, spider-webs… it happens in the most organised of homes!
Whether you’ve got spring cleaning fever or it’s just a job on the ‘to-do’ list, it’s time to get down to business cleaning those vertical blinds. Believe me, although it mightn’t be your favourite job, it’s one that’s very rewarding.
However, before you attack them with soap and water, check the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions – are your blinds washable or not?
How to Clean Vertical Blinds
Vacuum and Dust Your Blinds Regularly
The first step to cleaning vertical blinds is to vacuum them or dust them. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum or use a dry cloth and wipe down and remove all of the dust, starting at the top and working your way down. By doing this every week or month, you will prevent having to do regular deeper cleans of your blinds.
Remove Cobwebs and Dust from Frames
As you clean your blinds, it is important to clean your frames too. Use a vacuum to remove the cobwebs in the corners of your frames. Use a damp cloth or sponge to clean and remove all of the dust.
Dry your Windows and Windowsills
This step is especially important in the cooler months. To minimise the chance of mildew growing on your blinds, keep the areas around them, dry by increasing ventilation in the area or drying the area with a cloth.
How to Clean Vertical Blinds with Non-Washable Fabrics
Non-washable doesn’t mean that you can’t keep your blinds clean. It simply means ‘don’t immerse them in water’. For this fabric type, follow the basic routine outlined above, performing regular cleans as part of your weekly or monthly schedule. You might find a baby’s brush helpful when dusting your blinds – they are very fine and excellent for removing dust etc. without damaging delicate fabrics. Clean away spots or marks using a damp cloth.
How to Clean Vertical Blinds with Washable Fabrics
There are several different methods of washing vertical blinds, so you need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your fabric type.
Some care labels list machine washing as an option, and if you choose to go this way remember:
- Delicate fabrics may fray or snag
- Hot water cycles may shrink the blinds
For machine washing, roll the blinds up and place them in an empty pillowcase. Wash them on the ‘woollens & delicates’ cycle, ensuring that the water does not heat above 40°C.
Hand washing is generally considered the safer option for most types of blinds. For vertical blinds, remove the slats from the track. Fill the bathtub with a few inches of lukewarm water and a touch of very mild detergent. Immerse the slats in the water, rubbing them with your hands or a soft brush to get rid of the ingrained dirt and dust. You may choose to let them soak a while in the tub before you rub them down. Rinse the blinds thoroughly – it’s very important to remove all traces of soap because dust will stick to it once they dry out.
Vertical blinds must be dried flat. Lay some towels out on the floor and, after you’ve drained as much water as you can from your blinds, lay them out in a single layer on the towels. Hang the slats once you are satisfied that they are dry, however, do not crowd them against each other for at least an hour.