How To Clean Your Vertical Blinds

man putting up new vertical blinds

Vertical blinds are an excellent option for any room in your home due to their versatility. Many companies offer bespoke vertical blinds, meaning you can choose your colour, material, and style to perfectly suit your room. 

Having bespoke blinds means that you can also select the fabric that will work best for your home interior design. You can also choose a practical fabric such as anti-mildew fabric for your bathroom blinds. Wipeable fabrics also make vertical blinds much easier to clean so you can keep them looking newer for longer.

How To Clean Vertical Blinds Effectively

Vertical blinds are a natural collector of dust. While vertical blinds are one of the cleanest types of blinds due to their shape, they can still develop a build-up of dust that you’ll need to keep on top of.

Before you get started cleaning your vertical blinds, check out the manufacturer’s instructions to determine the ideal washing method. Most fabric blinds can be washed by hand, soaking them in water, or even in the washing machine.

Fabric Vertical Blinds

Cleaning fabric blinds can be a little tricky, which means you’ll need:

  1. Remove your blinds from the headrail carefully. You’ll be able to effectively clean the headrail with the blinds detached. Use your brush attachment on your hoover to gently suck up large particles of dust before wiping over the fabric with a damp (not wet) microfibre cloth. Use some silicone spray to lightly coat the tracks to keep everything running smoothly.
  2. Layout your blinds on a flat surface and remove the weights in the bottom of each blind so you’re left with the fabric on its own. Gently use a dry microfibre cloth to remove any dust from the blinds, flipping them over to cover both sides.
  3. Fill your bath with warm (but not hot) water and mild washing-up liquid. Add 3 or 4 blind sections into the water at a time. Any dust or dirt should come off easily just by soaking. Make sure you change the water regularly, so you aren’t trying to wash your blinds in dirty water. Alternatively, you can use a washing machine on 30-degree heat for a quick wash. If you’re choosing this option, roll your blinds up inside a pillowcase to avoid damage.
  4. Lay your blinds out to dry on towels on a flat surface. Don’t allow them to drip dry while hanging, as this may damage their shape. If you need to dry them quickly, use a hairdryer in a cool setting. NEVER use a tumble dryer.

Removing Tough Stains From Vertical Blinds

If you notice any particularly stubborn stains, use a sponge and soapy water to try to buff away the issue. Don’t be tempted to use a scrubbing brush or bleach. It’ll damage the fabric and you’ll probably make them look worse.

If you’re cleaning bathroom blinds that are affected by mildew, try adding a little bit of lemon juice into your cleaning water. Lemon juice has natural acidic properties that help to remove mould and mildew without damaging the fabric. Other mildew removers can include elements of bleach which you need to avoid as they can permanently damage your blinds.

How Regularly Cleaning Your Vertical Blinds Can Increase Blind Life

You should spot clean your blinds every few weeks to remove surface dust and conduct a deep clean every couple of months. This will keep them looking newer and higher quality for longer. Blinds can be an investment, but if you get the right style, they’re timeless too. So, it’s in your interest to keep them looking fresh to save yourself the hassle and cost of replacing blinds you love.

If you would like to find out more about how Blinds in Harmony can assist you with any questions or supply new blinds/curtains, get in touch on 01733 840258 or head over to our contact page for more details. 

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