Keeping Your Blinds Clean – Venetian Blinds

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Keeping Your Blinds Clean – Venetian Blinds

Venetian Blinds are notorious for picking up grime and dust, and can be tricky to get clean. Here we’ll give you a few tips for good maintenance of your wooden and synthetic venetians.

Regular cleaning is the best way to get the most out of your venetians, dusting as often as possible will save the need for frequent deep cleans. The simplest method that many people use is to lightly dust the blinds with a fluffy duster whilst the blinds are in the open setting – making sure to clean both the top and underside of each slat. However for a more effective clean you should physically dust each individual slat by wiping it with a dry cloth, or alternative such as (clean) old socks, white cotton gloves or antistatic cloths. You can also use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to collect up dust in half the time.

The method for a deeper clean will depend on the type of venetians you have. For wooden blinds, you won’t want to be using water to clean them as it could warp or ruin the wood. Dusting with a feather duster is the best method for wooden venetian blinds as described above, maybe using some wood cleaning spray on a cloth occasionally if you have some. For synthetic blinds, water can be the best option though. Firstly, detach the blinds from their fixing and fill a bath around a third full with warm water – warm not hot so as to protect the blinds. Submerge the venetian blinds and run a cloth over each slat – both sides. Once all slats are clean, take the blinds out of the bath and allow to naturally drip dry over a shower rail or washing line, then put back up once fully dry. Alternatively, if the blinds are too big for a bathtub, you can lay a tarpaulin or blanket outside and emulate the process with a hosepipe – using a soft cloth to gently scrub the slats whilst wet.

Some more tips:

  • Vacuuming to save time. For a very quick clean, put the blinds in the closed position and then run a vacuum with a brush attachment over the blinds – gently so as to not scratch any slats. Open the blinds and then shut the other way to clean both sides of your venetians.
  • Fragranced detergent. If using the bathtub method to deep clean your venetians, adding some fragranced biological detergent powder to the water before submergin the blinds can add a subtle scent to the room once they are hung back up.
  • Alternatives to a soft cloth. If you don’t have a soft cloth around to clean the slats, you can easily use an old sock instead, as long as it’s clean. You can wear the sock like a glove to gently rub over each slat or just run your hands across them.
  • Regular maintenance is key Regular dusting or light vacuuming will reduce how often your blinds need a deeper clean, increasing the lifespan of your blinds.
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