One of the more common window decoration options is window blinds. Phoenix homes are full of it! With the several types and styles available, plus its functionality, blinds will most certainly be on top of every homeowner’s list.
Nonetheless, this window treatment collects debris and dust quite easily, and this is not the easiest item to clean. While a quick wipe with a cloth or sponge will do the trick in most cases, you will still need to take the blinds down and give it some proper washing once in a while. In this post, we discuss some of the proper ways of cleaning a window blind considering the material, construction and other factors.
- Window blinds will benefit from regular dusting with a cloth, feather duster or microfiber duster. Before dusting, make sure that the blinds are fully closed, then do it gently and move in the same direction as the slats. Repeat the process after tilting the slats to the opposite direction. As for heavier dusting, you can make use of the vacuum cleaner’s small brush attachment, with the suction in its most minimal setting to avoid damaging the slats.
- Once or twice a year, your blinds will require a more thorough cleaning than mere dusting. To do this, equip yourself with a cotton glove, clean sock or a microfiber cloth, then hold on to a slat and wipe it from end to end, making sure that the top and bottom portions are cleaned. You can also damp your cloth with water or a mixture of 1 part white vinegar in 3 parts water to clean heavier dirt or stains.
Most wood blinds come with special finish that is stain and dust resistant. You can keep it looking good by using a clean cloth sprayed with quality furniture polish. Wipe each slat individually while avoiding the cords. You can also make use of plain water but make sure not to saturate the wood. Also, immediately wipe off excess water to prevent discoloration, spotting or warping.
Metal & Vinyl Blinds
Remove the entire blind from the mounting hardware and place it in a tub (or similar container) where it can completely be spread out. With a warm, soapy water (or degreaser for heavily stained blinds), clean both sides of the slats through gentle sponging or brushing. When rinsing, a spray nozzle on the hose or a hand-held shower would make it easier to rinse off all the soap suds. Dry the blinds with clean cloth or towel, and hang to air dry. Wiping the slats with a fabric softener will also help repel dust.
For light cleaning, you can use a vacuum cleaner or a compressed air sprayer, while a dry sponge can be used for heavier cleaning. For stains, try+ to damp a clean cloth and blot on the spot (do not rub as this can damage or fade the fabric). Extremely soiled fabric blinds, especially those installed in kitchens, may require professional cleaning.
These are a few of the essentials when cleaning window blinds. Phoenix homeowners should do regular cleaning and maintenance to ensure that such window implements will always look as good as new!