How to clean your blinds

It’s about time for spring cleaning. It can be difficult to even know where to begin when it comes to cleaning blinds. First of all, there are so many different blinds out there. There are Venetian blinds, vertical blinds, roller blinds, honeycomb shades and exterior shades, just to name a few varieties. And then the blinds are made of different materials, such as wood, bamboo, aluminum, fabric, etc. Regularly cleaning your blinds will help them last longer and keep them in good condition. Fortunately, the process for cleaning blinds is the same for all types of blinds and pretty straight-forward. Here are a few tips for cleaning your blinds from Blind Cleaning Chicago store:

  1. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum to remove dust from the blinds. Make sure you vacuum across, not up and down.
  2. This time, you are going to use a lamb’s wool duster and clean the dust off by hand. Start at the top and work your way side to side across the slats.
  3. When dusting or vacuuming, keep your blinds pointed downwards and always brush downward, not upward. If you brush upward, you risk damaging your blinds.
  4. Use a rubber sponge to clear off dust and debris from fabric and vinyl blinds. Wipe straight across, not up or down.
  5. Some spots on fabric blinds can be really tough to remove. Take down the blinds and have them cleaned at a dry cleaners.
  6. If you have a soiled area of a blind, here is what to do. Grab a general cleaner and spray a small amount onto a cloth, then wipe the stain away. Never apply cleaning product directly onto the blinds as too much cleaner can soak into the blinds and leave a mark.
  7. For wooden blinds, use a damp washcloth to wipe dust off. Make sure that you don’t soak the blinds, as that can cause wood to deteriorate.
  8. Don’t try to clean blinds by spraying them with a forceful water hose, cleaning them in a bathtub, or removing slats and washing them one at a time.
  9. Remove metal and vinyl blinds and place them outside on a small carpet or rug. Place a few drops of dish soap in a bucket full of warm water. Swish a car-washing brush in the water and brush the blinds from side-to-side. When you are done with one side, turn the blinds over and brush the other side. Gently rinse the blinds of soap with a water hose. Remove excess water by sliding your fingers along the slats. Hang them outside to dry.

This might seem like a lot of work, but it is worth it. Not only will your blinds look beautiful, but they will last much longer. If you have any questions, feel free to call Blind Cleaning Chicago.

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