How to Keep Your Blinds Looking New

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Window coverings are such an important element in any room. Whether you have traditional cloth curtains, plantation shutters, or one of the many types of blinds available, if your window coverings look old and dusty, it detracts from the overall style and finish of a room.

Vertical and horizontal blinds are one of those window coverings that are often avoided as many people believe they are difficult to clean. Believe it or not, caring for your new blinds is much easier than you think! Keep those blinds looking brand new with these simple steps.

Blinds come in a variety of materials – the most common being plastic, fabric, metal, or wood. No matter what type of blinds are in your home, preparing your blinds for the cleaning process remains the same. This is recommend for all types of blinds.

  • Close the blinds and tie back any soft or material curtains
  • Use the brush attachment on the vacuum cleaner to remove any dust build-up. It is advised to also vacuum behind and underneath the blinds to reduce the chance dust sticking to the surface during the cleaning process.

This is where the cleaning process varies as there are several different methods to choose from when it comes to the actual cleaning part, depending also on what type of blinds you intend to clean. It all comes down to personal preference as there is no right or wrong way to go about it.

Timber window coverings

Whether you have timber blinds, shutters, or anything else made of wood, always avoid using chemicals where possible. Wipe with a solution of soapy water and dry immediately, remembering that they need to be oiled or waterproofed at least every 6-12 months to retain the ‘new blind’ appearance.

Roman blinds

After removing excess dust, wipe the surface with warm soapy water and allow to fully dry before opening them back up. Avoid using any harsh chemicals as it can discolour or stain the surface.

Plantation shutters

These can simply be wiped down with warm soapy water then wiped dry with a clean cloth. It’s always best to use minimal chemicals on wooden shutters to prevent discolouration.

Vertical blinds

There are a couple of cleaning methods that can be used, depending on how dirty the blinds are and what they are made of:

  • The first method is to simply wipe the blinds down using a spray bottle of soapy water and either a clean cloth or material gloves.  Spray some of the cleaning solution onto the blinds and use the cloth or gloves to wipe over it, following up with another clean, dry rag. It is best to clean small sections at a time so that the solution doesn’t dry on the blinds (this makes it harder to clean). Rotate the surface of the blinds to clean the other side and repeat the process
  • This method is a little more involved. Take down the blinds and make up a solution of soapy water to soak them in (a great place to soak them is in the bathtub if you have one). Using a sponge, gently rub the surface then hang immediately to dry, remembering to always remove as much excess water as possible. This method is not recommended for wooden blinds, as they will absorb the water and swell
  • For metal, cloth, and plastic blinds, you could also consider using an outdoor Windex spray which attaches to the garden hose. Gently spray the blinds until all the build-up has been removed, wipe down, and rehang immediately.

Remember, keeping your blinds dust-free is one of the most important steps in maintaining new-looking window coverings in your home or office. Try to dust them at least once a fortnight to make your job easier each time.