When it comes to deep cleaning your home many people are notorious for neglecting blinds, curtains and shutters because they are unfamiliar with effective and efficient cleaning methods specific to their chosen window coverings. It is ideal to keep your blinds, curtains and shutters dirt and dust free in order to promote a more hygienic home environment. This regular care also aids in prolonging the life of your window coverings and requires minimal cost and effort even for extra-large outdoor screens.
Tip #1 Begin with a spot clean for stain removal.
Your first step is to find an old undyed sock to effectively spot clean your venetian blinds. Mix a 50/50 solution of warm water and white vinegar, then put the sock on your hand and dip the sock into the solution. Gently grip both sides of the slats and move your hand across the blinds to clean any stains or unsightly residues from the surface. Repeat this method with a clean sock in order to dry the slats.
Tip #3 For indoor roller blinds—extend the fabric to its full length prior to wiping both sides with a damp cloth.
Indoor blinds can accumulate dust and debris just like bookshelves, side tables and wall units in the home. Ensure your blinds are extended to their full length to ensure no area is missed. Use a clean damp cloth to wipe both sides of the blinds to ensure no part of the fabric is left dirty. Allow time for the roller blinds fabric to dry prior to rolling it up to avoid mould growth caused by moisture.
Tip #4 Regularly wash your outdoor blinds with warm, soapy water and a non-abrasive sponge or chamois.
If you neglect your outdoor blinds or forget to clean them, a build-up of dirt and dust could cause your blinds to scratch when frequently rolled up and down. Avoid using any abrasive wipes or harsh chemicals on your outdoor roller blinds as this could result in scratching and discoloration. Always clean foreign matter such as dirt, bird droppings or tree sap off your outdoor blinds to avoid the chance of permanent damage occurring. Be sure to review your manufacturers
cleaning instructions for optimal results.
Tip #5 Rotate your shutters to save on energy bills.
Shutters are renowned for their impressive insulation benefits, as they aid in keeping the interior of your home at a comfortable temperature. To increase their insulation ability try tilting your shutter blades up (with the rounded side facing out) which will move some of the heat towards the ceiling instead of the floor (this will save you significantly on your monthly energy bills).
Tip #6 Don’t keep your blinds in one position.
If you leave your blinds in one position too long, they will retain the memory of this position. This can lead to problems such as blinds getting stuck in a raised or lowered position. This may also affect your blinds ability to rotate properly. In order to maintain your blinds mobility, ensure you move them how the manufacturer intended. For example, rotate your shutters, slats or louvers, pull fabric blinds up and down and move Venetians and vertical blinds in all directions—every once and a while to increase the lifespan of your chosen window coverings.
Tip #7 Open your windows once a day to prevent mould growth.
Mould thrives in damp areas where organic matter, dust or dirt is present. Windows are notorious for housing all these elements, so to avoid this troublesome mould growth which can be unsightly and harmful to your health—open your windows frequently. This action will assist in halting the mould growth from developing further and spreading to your blinds.
How to clean mouldy curtains:
Commercial grade mould cleaning products often contain harsh chemicals or chlorine, so to lower your toxic load try removing mould spores by vacuuming the fabric thoroughly first. Then, try a technique that involves combining lemon juice and salt to make a paste that you can rub on the evident mildew spots. Follow this spot treatment with a deep clean in your washing machine. It’s important to note that you should always follow your manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to optimal cleaning and care advice for your chosen curtains and blinds.
How to clean mouldy non-fabric blinds:
Similar to the process with fabric curtains—try spot cleaning with detergent and water or pure lemon juice for the more stubborn mildew stains followed by a soak in hot water. Let your non-fabric blinds air-dry completely prior to fixing them back into place.
How to clean mouldy fabric blinds:
Lay your fabric blinds on a flat surface, then use a soft brush to wipe away any visible dry mould. Use a mild detergent to wipe the fabric, then use a clean cloth dampened with water to wipe fabric clean. Allow your blinds the time to air-dry completely prior to fixing them back into place. Not allowing your clean blinds time to dry may result in repeated mould growth.