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How to Clean Blinds

Cleaning your window blinds varies greatly on the material and style of the specific blinds in your home. Cleaning also depends on the level of cleaning that needs to be done. Luckily, learning the appropriate way to clean your window blinds is easy and it will keep your blinds looking like new for many years to come!

In general, most blinds should be regularly dusted using a microfiber duster, a feather duster, or a soft cloth. To do this, simply extend the blinds and dust lightly. For a heavier dusting, a small brush attached to a vacuum cleaner works well when ran in the direction of the slats or panels. To ensure there is no damage to your window blinds, use the vacuum on the lowest suction setting possible. More thorough cleanings should be completed a few times a year using the method that works best for your particular window treatment.

For metal, vinyl or alternative wood blinds, you can spot clean the blinds with warm, soapy water by gently scrubbing both sides of the slats using a soft sponge or brush. For more extensive cleaning, remove the blinds from the mounting hardware and submerge them into a bathtub full of warm, soapy water. Let the blinds soak for five to ten minutes and then rinse them clean with water. Pat the blinds dry and hang them back into the mounting hardware. Make sure you fully open the blinds to ensure they air dry completely. When washing metal blinds, be careful to not press hard onto the slats because they can be bent or damaged.

To clean wood blinds, simply wipe the slats or vanes with a high quality furniture polish and a soft, clean rag or sock. For more intensive cleaning, spot clean the slats using plain water. It is important to avoid oversaturating the wood because it can cause warping, spotting and discoloration of the slats. Also, you should never use abrasive or harsh chemicals on the wood blinds because they can scratch or discolor the slats.

Fabric blinds can be easily cleaned using a vacuum cleaner, compressed air sprayer or hair dryer. To clean stains on fabric blinds, blot the fabric with a sponge and warm, soapy water mixture. Avoid rubbing the fabric because this can damage the material. If the fabric is washable, simply remove them the blinds from the rod and place them in a bathtub filled with warm water and a mild detergent. Gently wipe any dirt or dust away from the blinds. Hang the blinds back on the rod to allow them to air dry. If your fabric blinds are very dirty, they should be professionally cleaned.

When it is time for you to clean your blinds, contact the experts at Design 5 Ltd. The team of experts can recommend a variety of cleaning methods for you depending on the material and style of your blinds. Contact us or stop by our office today to learn how we can help you keep your blinds in Honolulu, HI looking like new!

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