When you have Venetian blinds, knowing how to clean them is essential. Blinds serve many useful purposes: shading the sun’s glare, protecting furniture from fading and adding insulation to draft-prone windows. The only downside is their tendency to collect dust, but with the following techniques, you can ensure your window coverings stay clean.
How Often Should You Clean Blinds?
Every environment produces dust at different rates. For starters, clean each Venetian blind slat using a dry-dusting technique once a week. This will prevent a buildup of dirt and minimize the need for in-depth cleaning.
How to Dry-Dust Venetian Blinds
Wrap an old sock around the end of a broom handle and open the blinds. Run the makeshift duster along each slat slowly. Old fashioned feather dusters tend to scatter dust rather than pick up lint and other particles. For significant accumulation, use a vacuum extension with high-powered dust suction. When dusting venetian blinds, the ultimate goal is to remove every trace of dust before applying cleaning solution to avoid a bigger mess when the dust makes contact with moisture.
What Cleaning Solution Should You Use?
Venetian blinds are a significant investment for any homeowner, and most are wary of using cleaning techniques that could harm the material. A few drops of dish detergent dissolved in a pan of warm water is a low-cost, easy cleaning solution for non-wood blinds. If the blinds are stained, add a small measure of baking soda for an active ingredient. Using a soft cloth or dishrag, wipe each venetian blind from top to bottom, rinsing out the cloth along the way. For horizontal blinds, start in the middle and wipe outward toward each edge. After cleaning, wipe each slat dry with a clean cloth.
Should You Take Down the Blinds?
Only remove the blinds if you spot mildew growth, cigarette smoke residue or stains that are impossible to clean from the hanging position. No matter how secure the mounting equipment and slat material, the risk of damage increases when the blinds are removed and re-mounted.
How to Eliminate Mold and Mildew
Condensation can result in a sheen of moisture on the outer side of venetian blinds. Left unattended, mold spores can grow, creating a dark, spotted stain and spreading an unsavory odor. Since mold requires a deeper cleaning, detach each slat. You may use vinegar, lemon juice, tea tree oil or an appropriate commercial mold cleaner. For indoor cleaning of non-wood blinds, lay each slat in a bathtub filled with warm water. Add vinegar and let the blinds soak for an hour or more, then wipe each slat clean. For outdoor cleaning, repeat the process, but lay each slat on a towel and apply warm water and vinegar with a spray bottle. Make sure every slat is completely dry before re-hanging.
Consult the Manufacturer or Call a Professional
If it proves too difficult to return your venetian blinds to like-new condition, contact the manufacturer for specific cleaning tips on their product. You may also opt to hire a professional cleaning service that specializes in stain removal from blinds.
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