When cleaning our homes, we can often forget about blinds and curtains, and unknowingly assume that they’re fine and will stay clean forever. However, that is not the case. Although they may not need to be thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis, they still pick up dust and dirt just like everything else. So, it’s important that we take good care of our blinds and curtains, and understand how to clean them properly.
Of course, blinds and curtains each require different kinds of care and cleaning, and many different styles of blinds must be cleaned in certain ways. So, we wanted to give you a few tips on the best ways to clean your blinds or curtains.
With curtains, you can generally just take them down and stick them in the washing machines every once in a while. There should be instructions and guidelines with your curtains to inform you of what kind of wash they require. However, if there is no information with them for you to follow, you can of course hand wash them to stay on the safe side.
A lot of blinds are best cleaned using either a damp or microfibre cloth. When wiping each individual slat or pleat this tends to get rid of the dust, grease and dirt pretty well, without causing any damage or visual impact to the blinds. The good thing about blinds is that most of them don’t require being taken down in order to clean them, which saves a lot of time and effort.
We’ve broken down a few different kinds of blinds and how each of them should be cleaned in order for the best outcome.
With venetian blinds, it’s sometimes good to get some slightly soapy water to wipe them down. However don’t use too much water as this can cause cracks and damage them. Try to damp your cloth only a little it so that there isn’t too much excess water being left behind. It’s also important to ensure that the blinds are dry before putting them back up on your window. Furthermore to avoid dampness, we would advise drying all areas that you’ve cleaned with a dry cloth or paper towel.
Roman blinds are probably one of the easiest styles of blinds to clean. All they really require is a swift wipe down with a dry cloth. They are more of a block-style blind that can be rather noticeable in a room, and so therefore you want to be brushing them down regularly to avoid any visible dirt. Some people even find that hoovering Roman blinds really helps to keep them clean and pick up all the dust.
For general, consistency cleaning we most recommend a dry cloth or brush, however if you are faced with a more prominent mark, like a stain, or very noticeable dirt, using a damp cloth should help to get rid of this. We would avoid using any kind of product unless completely necessary, as this can make the area look quite different to the rest, and you’d probably have to use it on the whole surface to keep it looking consistent.
Vertical blinds are often quite common in living rooms and conservatories, where we tend to spend a lot of our time. Therefore, we want to keep the place looking clean and tidy at all times, and blinds are a part of this, too. Vertical blinds don’t actually pick up much dust and dirt due to the way they hang. Furthermore, the fabric is also a big factor in helping them to stay clean, and they are very easily wiped down with a dry cloth or brush to get rid of any dirt sitting on them.
Similarly to Roman blinds, we would advise that you don’t use any product such as stain remover unless completely necessary, as it can leave the area it’s applied to looking different to the rest. Should anything get spilt or splashed onto your vertical blinds, you can take them down and wash them by hand, however you have to be very careful as this can cause damage quite easily.
For more information or if you would like our help in getting your blinds and curtains thoroughly cleaned, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help.