Keeping Your Blinds Clean – Vertical Blinds

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Keeping Your Blinds Clean – Vertical Blinds

Giving Vertical Blinds a wash can be tricky, but it is possible to do at home, and can actually be quite easy in some cases. Here we’ll give you a few tips for good maintenance of your verticals.

For regular dusting, just put your blinds into the closed position so that all of the slats are lying flat. From here, you can wipe over them with a duster or cloth, making sure to do it lightly in order to not cause any damage to the slats or the chain. Once you have dusted one side, just flip the blinds around so all the slats are facing the opposite way and dust/wipe again. Alternatively, you can also use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to gently vacuum from the top in a downward motion – you could unhook slats accidentally if you did it in reverse.

When you need to give your vertical blinds a deeper clean, some people will suggest rolling up the drapes into coils and putting them in a pillowcase before placing them in the washing machine for an extra-gentle wash. Whilst this can be a good idea, even following the manufacturers washing instructions on the label can still lead to fraying or snagging on your blinds.

Arguably the best method for washing your blinds would be to remove your slats from the track and place them into a bath or sink of warm, soapy water. Any mild detergent will help do the trick, swirling the slats around in the water for around 10 minutes before letting the excess water run off. Do not be tempted to tumble dry them, this could lead to shrinking, and uneven shrinking at that, leaving you with some strange-looking blinds. Best advice is to lay your clean vertical blinds out on some towels, and then leave them until they’re completely dry before rehanging on the tracks.

Some more tips:

  • Use warm water, not hot water. If your blinds are glued at the bottom as opposed to stitched, hot water could melt the glue, ruining your blinds. If you choose the washing machine method, make sure the machine is set at no temperature higher than 30 degrees.
  • Dry naturally. Leave your blinds to dry naturally and laid out flat on some dry towels, tumble drying or use of heat in any form could cause shrinking and warping.
  • Use a thick, full duster. Don’t use a cloth or a very thin feather duster when gently wiping blinds – these will simply move the dust around rather than actually lifting it off the surface.
  • 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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