Everyone who has taken the time to clean the blinds in their home or office knows that it is no small task. Whether your blinds are constructed of wood, faux wood, fabric, vinyl or aluminum, cleaning them is definitely time consuming and is not always easy to accomplish. Using the wrong technique can actually cause damage to the blinds.
Although cleaning blinds is sometimes tricky, it is a chore that cannot be ignored. In just a few short weeks, blinds can accumulate dust and grime that can be a definite eye sore.
Fortunately, there are some methods that can make cleaning your blinds a little easier and less stressful. Here are 3 ways to clean blinds without damaging them:
- The Vacuum Strategy
It really is amazing how many other ways there are to use your vacuum to keep your home clean besides just the carpet and rugs. For blinds, simply attach a dust brush to the end of a vacuum hose and then gently run it over your blinds. Be sure to first close the blinds so that one entire side of the blinds is exposed.
We’ve found that it works best if you hold the bottom rail of the blinds in one hand to keep the blinds from moving or bouncing into the window. Remember that even a light touch will work. If your vacuum allows it, set it to its lowest suction setting.
Once you finish the first side, simply turn the blinds all the way to the other side and repeat the process. You’ll be amazed at how easy this process is and the results are great!
- Grab Some Socks
In certain parts of your house, you may find that some blinds are much dirtier than others. This is especially true in the kitchen where your blinds might have grease and grime in addition to dust. In this case, a vacuum may not cut it.
Try using a combination of one part white vinegar and one part water for more heavy duty cleaning. Mix it together well in bucket or small bowl. Then pop a clean sock on over your hand and use it with the vinegar mixture to wipe your blinds clean. The nice thing about using a sock is that you will be able to clean both the top of one blind and the bottom of another at the same time.
Turn the blinds so they are open and you can reach in between them. Again, it is best to hold the bottom rail while doing this for better stability.
- Soak When Appropriate
Soaking your blinds in a tub of warm water and dish soap can help to loosen grease and grime. Follow this up with a gentle scrub with a sponge or soft brush. This is obviously not a recommended method for wood or faux wood blinds. It is best to use this approach with aluminum or vinyl blinds
First soak the blinds in soapy water. Once they have been scrubbed and cleaned, be sure to drain your tub and refill it with clean water for a good rinse. Dry them down with a towel and then hang them back up to complete the drying process.
Using these tips will help you save time and enhance the look and longevity of your blinds. Of course, in some cases, no matter how diligent you are, blinds just cannot be cleaned to look good again. This is when we hope you will call Arizona Blinds, Shutters and Drapery for a free in- home consultation on new window treatments. Call us at 602-938-2885.