Cleaning Blinds can be a long and tedious household chore. At least once a year, your blinds need to be taken down and thoroughly washed to make sure dust and mould aren’t backing up on the surface and making your family sick.
Cleaning blinds properly in your home will make an instant difference to the cleanliness of your home.
We’ve put together a list of top tips for you to use when cleaning blinds to make sure the jobs are done properly and are manageable.
A feather duster is a great way to keep on top of the dust that accumulates on your blinds. Open the blinds and run a feather duster between each blind, to pick up the dust on both sides.
Using a sock or glove will help you to reach tighter corners of the blinds with your fingers. Spray a little Windex on the fabric to help pick up dust as you run your finger along the surface of the blinds.
While these methods shouldn’t be used when thoroughly cleaning your blinds, it will save you from having to do bigger cleans more often.
Vacuuming your blinds is a great way to get the excess dust off before you wash them. It’s also a good method to use to maintain the blinds after properly cleaning them.
Close your blinds, take all the attachments off your vacuum and run the end of the hose along each blind. Turn the blinds around and repeat.
Washing while hanging
If you are cleaning your blinds while they are still hanging, open the window behind so they can be properly aired out.
The best way to clean your blinds while they are still hanging is to wipe them with a damp sponge.
Close the blinds and run a damp sponge along each blind. Rise and repeat a few times until the dirt is removed.
Soapy water is safe to use when cleaning your blinds and will help break down the layers of dirt.
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The “s” hook
Hang two “s” hooks on the inside of your shower curtain and use your shower as a drain when cleaning your blinds.
Take the blinds from the window and hang them from the “s” hooks. Use the shower’s hose to run warm water on the blinds while you clean them using the sponge method.
Flip the blinds on the “S” hook a couple of times to ensure both sides are thoroughly cleaned.
Washing blinds outside
Cleaning blinds outside requires a little more work but it is usually the most thorough way to get them clean and allow them to dry properly.
Take your blinds outside and lay them on a mat or rug. Fill a bucket with soapy water. Use a scrub brush or sponge to scrub the blinds on both sides. Rinse them using a hose, towel try and then allow them to hang in the sun until they are dried properly.
Before using any of the above methods text the method on a small part of your blinds. Fabric blinds can tear if cleaned with a harsher method. Also be aware of cleaning blinds that are wooden, too much water may cause them to buckle.