Whether you’ve just had beautiful new custom blinds installed, or your current blinds have seen better days, now’s probably the time to start taking care of your blinds to prolong their life. Don’t worry – you don’t have to spend hours of your day on this task, but a little blind TLC will keep them looking fresh and keep them in good working order.

Depending on the type of blind you have, you’ll need to use a slightly different method to clean and care for them. General types of blind you may have are; roller blinds, vertical blinds or venetian blinds. Let’s take a look at how to best care for each.

Roller Blinds

Generally made of a man-made material, roller blinds will mostly repel mildew, mold and some dirt. Unfortunately, dust can build up and they are susceptible to staining so do need to be cleaned. Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment on a low setting to vacuum up any dust.

Use a mild dishwashing detergent mixed with warm water to dab over any inground stains or dirt. Refrain from rubbing too vigorously as this could damage the fibres of your roller blinds.

Vertical Blinds

Adjust your vertical blinds blades into the open position and secure the blades together. Gently lift each blade in turn off its hook to be cleaned. Fold each one in half lightly, avoiding any harsh creases. Soak the blade in a bowl of gentle cleanser and warm water for up to 45 minutes.

You should be able to notice dirt being released off into the water, especially if they’ve not been cleaned in a while! Aim to clean your vertical blinds at least two times a year.

Venetian Blinds

Dusting over your wooden blinds is recommended with a light microfibre or lambs wool cloth. Because the wood will absorb water and moisture, we don’t advise getting the wooden blinds wet, but if you have more than dust on your blinds, a light wipe over with a damp cloth should suffice.

Being resistant to dampness and extreme weather conditions, these types of venetian blinds can be cleaned safely with water. If they’re particularly filthy, take them down and wash outside or on a large cloth.

Use a mild detergent and a soft brush and gently rub off any dirt. Rubbing too vigorously may cause scratches so be aware of this. Be careful not to saturate any of the mechanics of the blind also, as this can cause problems. Lay them out to fully dry, before you put back up.

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