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Easy cleaning solutions for dusty blinds

Most of us don’t clean blinds during our weekly cleaning routine. So it comes as no surprise that after some time they get covered with dust and grime.

We give you the ultimate guide on cleaning your blinds and saving you time and money with clever hacks.

Pro rules to follow when cleaning your blinds

  • Do not soak blinds in the bath. Although some blind materials can be cleaned using this method, you are increasing the risk of rusting the blind mechanism
  • Always use an upholstery attachment when hoovering blinds to clean the dust. Otherwise you run the risk of damaging your blinds
  • Do not put fabric blinds in the washing machine because it will wear the material down over time. If you have fabric blinds, you can have them professionally cleaned

  • Cleaning wood and faux-wood blinds

    Fill a bucket with warm water and a little washing up liquid. Using a microfiber cloth lightly dipped in the solution start wiping each blind. For real wood blinds use a small amount of plain water or furniture polish on a cloth. To finish off dry with a clean, dry cloth.

    Cleaning fabric blinds

    If your fabric blinds get stained use a cloth dampened with soapy water to blot the stain then allow the fabric to dry. If the stain is still visible, you may need to consider dry cleaning.

    Cleaning vinyl blinds

    For vinyl blinds that are not so dusty, you can just run a dry rubber sponge over the slats picking up any loose dust particles. You can do this in-between cleaning.

    For vinyl blinds that are covered with dust or grease, especially in the kitchen, you can give them a bath. Fill the bathtub with warm water, add washing up liquid and then let the blinds soak in the solution for a few minutes. Then clean each slat with a sponge, rinse with water and hang to dry.

    Cleaning venetian blinds

    PVC or aluminium venetian blinds can be a magnet for dust. Instead of using a microfibre cloth, why not try dusting venetian blinds with a clean cotton sock.

  • Using a solution of warm water and washing up liquid in a bowl dip the sock into the solution and then wring the sock out until it's damp / almost dry
  • Place your hand inside the sock and start dusting each slat, beginning at the top. You will clean the slat on both sides at the same time
  • If you don't want to use a sock, then you can buy venetian blind cleaner

  • Cleaning roman blinds

    Regularly hoover roman blinds using an upholstery attachment to keep them dust free. If you need to clean stains from roman blinds, check the care label first. You should be able to clean stains with a damp cloth and a small amount of fabric stain remover. Another option would be to take your roman blinds to the dry cleaners.

    Cleaning vertical blinds

    Vertical blinds require the least maintenance because they don’t attract as much dust and dirt as other types of blinds. Wipe them down every now and then with a damp cloth. It’s a good idea to clean the headrail and winding mechanism more regularly.

  • Unclip each of the vertical slats from the headrail and wipe down using a damp cloth
  • Lubricate the winding mechanism with silicon spray twice a year to prevent it from becoming stiff
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