How to clean your window blinds

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A lovely set of made-to-measure blinds can really make a room, but it’s important to take good care of them in order to keep them looking their best.

We’ve put together our top tips on how to make sure your blinds stay just like new.

1)    Know your blinds

First and foremost it’s important to learn as much as you can about your blinds (Apollo Blinds provides an aftercare document with every purchase that has tips on how to care for your blinds). Always check with the manufacturer before embarking on a cleaning spree as, for example, some blinds are washable, where others can’t withstand any water.

2)    Little and often

As with everything, regular housekeeping is a must to ensure your blinds stay looking smart.  A little cleaning (done often) will limit the need for a major face-lift, which can be awkward and time consuming.


3)
    Armed for cleaning

There are some tools that you may not have thought of, which are perfectly suited for sprucing up your blinds:

Baby wipes – Super soft and non-abrasive, baby wipes are not just for little ones, they work wonders with cords or tapes on Venetian blinds too.

Ostrich feather dusters – the tiny barbules on the ostrich feathers act as fingers to collect dust without leaving static electricity behind, perfect for wooden blinds.

Micro fibre cloths – lint free and gentle, it is claimed that micro fibre cloths are up to four times more effective than normal cloths.

4)    You must dust (really you must)

 Yes, there are a million other things you could be doing, but giving your blinds the weekly once-over will stop dust building up and limit the potential for stains and dirty marks, which are trickier to remove.

5)    Deep cleaning

Vacuum your blinds every couple of months using the upholstery attachment of your cleaner. About twice a year you will need to give them a more thorough going over. Gently rub them from end to end with a micro fibre cloth.

6)    Avoid chemical nasties

Warm water and a mild detergent should be sufficient for most types of window blind as harsh chemicals can damage delicate material.  Be careful not to drench your blinds as this can cause discolouration and distort wooden blinds. A mixture of 25% white vinegar and 75% water can help to remove heavier dirt and stains.

So that’s it, you’re on your way to a bright and gleaming set of window blinds.  

 

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