Blinds are the easiest part of your house to neglect. They can be such a hassle to clean, and you never notice that they are dirty until the problem has gotten out of hand. Today, I’m going to show you how to take care of your blinds like a professional cleaning company.
-Vacuum with dust brush attachment (this is the attachment with bristles)
- Microfiber towels or old socks
- Bathtub or a large basin
- First, you will need to thoroughly dust your blinds. To do this take a microfiber cloth or clean sock and wipe both the front and back of the blinds. To do this start with your blinds closed and dust from top to bottom, moving in the direction of the slats. This means if you have horizontal blinds, dust in a side to side motion. If you have vertical blinds, dust from top to bottom. Then turn the blind wand in the opposite direction. This will make the back side of the blinds face you. Again wipe the blinds from top to bottom.
- After dusting, use your vacuum and attachments to dust over the blinds again. You will want to go from top to bottom on both the front and back again. Also, use the vacuum at this time to clean up any dust that has fallen to the floor.
If you have plastic blinds continue on for further cleaning instructions. Otherwise, finish with a dust cleaner for wooden blinds and you are finished.
- If your plastic blinds are heavily soiled from dust or indoor smoke, remove the blinds and place in tub or basin. Fill with warm water and a touch of dish soap. Allow this to soak for several minutes before continuing.
- After soaking, use a microfiber towel to wipe your blinds clean. This part might be easier to do with a second person to hold up the blinds. Wipe them in the same way as you dusted them previously. When finished scrubbing, rinse the blinds in clean water until all soap and debris are removed.
- Before replacing your blinds hang them to air dry or use a towel to dry them completely off. If you choose to air dry, placing them outside in direct sunlight will have a bleaching effect to whiten stains. If your blinds are colored you can still air dry outside, just keep out of direct sunlight.
After the initial deep cleaning of your blinds, you will want to be sure to keep up with dusting to maintain them. Dust accumulates fast and things like pets or open windows will contribute to more dust. Routine care consists of wiping clean once every couple of weeks. Using steps one and two as a guide for maintenance.
To prevent any damage from happening to your blinds, be sure that cords are always out of reach from children and pets. Take caution that your blinds are not freely resting on the edge of window sills. If the drawstrings are not pulled to were your blinds are resting just above the window sill surface you risk the blinds falling and breaking.
Every 6 months or so check your blinds for any parts that are not working properly. If there are parts that are wearing down or need to be replaced, do so as soon as possible. Also, check to be sure that your blinds are securely fastened to the wall. Shifting in older houses can make mounts come loose resulting in your blinds falling down if not caught soon enough.
Replacing Blind Parts
Fixing blinds that have been damaged is a much better solution than replacing the whole set. Any blind no matter the type can be fixed. You can buy everything from blind wands to lift cords and string. The best place to get all of these parts is on www.fixmyblinds.com. From there you can choose what type of blinds you have and what part it is that you need to replace. They have excellent reviews and customer service if you have any questions or concerns. Their products come with very detailed instructions on how to replace the part. And there are even online instructions and videos to help.
If shopping online is not your thing, you can always try your local home improvement stores. They will usually have replacement wands and brackets. But, for anything else online will be your only option as there is a wider variety online.
And there you have it! Everything you need to know about cleaning and maintaining your blinds to get the longest lifespan out of them. As long as they are still in working condition, there is no need to replace them.
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