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How to clean pleated blinds

Washable-Blinds

Pleated blinds are an attractive way to keep out sunlight, create mood, provide privacy and add a touch of style to your surroundings. But they can also gather dust, dirt and grease, becoming discoloured and dowdy. Therefore, to keep your blinds looking their best for the longest possible amount of time, it may be a good idea to follow the steps below.

KNOW YOUR FABRICS.

Ideally, in order to know exactly the right method to use, it’s best to know just what your blinds are made of. Assuming you don’t already have this information, you can get it from the manufacturers, and a quick visit to their website can be highly useful for this purpose.

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KNOW YOUR PROBLEM.

To deal with a light covering of dust, simply use a duster on the blinds.

For slightly more dust, there’s nothing like a vacuum cleaner fitted with a bristle attachment. But, before you start, in order to avoid adding new dirt to the blinds, and to avoid the risk of causing staining, make sure the attachment is clean and dry.

WHERE TO BEGIN?

For most things in life, we’re told we have to start at the bottom and work our way up but blinds have other ideas and it’s best to start at the top and work your way down. By doing this, you won’t be knocking dirt onto areas you’ve already cleaned.

Fabric cleaners are best avoided, as they may cause fading and staining. It’s far better to use water alone.

If that’s not effective, mix a small amount of soap in with the water. Dampen a cloth with it and rub it over the dirty areas. Make sure not to rub the fabric too hard, as that may crush and wrinkle it. 

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A MORE THOROUGH APPROACH.

If a more thorough clean is required, it may be best to remove the blinds from the window and lay them on a clean, flat surface. This makes it far easier to perform the task than would otherwise be possible.

Once you have the blinds on that flat surface, clean them using the methods that have already been described above.

When done, gently pat the blinds dry with a clean towel and, once certain that they’re no longer damp, you can hang them up again.

FOR MORE STUBBORN PROBLEMS.

If your blinds are dirty because of exposure to smoke, place them in a bath or sink and add PH neutral cleaning fluid to it. After reading the instructions on the bottle, soak the blinds in the fluid for a few minutes, gently moving them around.

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SIMPLICITY IS A VIRTUE.

As with most things in life, prevention is better than cure and so, rather than doing one occasional major clean, it’s best to give your blinds a regular quick clean with a dry cloth or vacuum cleaner, in order to prevent the build-up of dirt in the first place.

This is always the best policy because more thorough cleaning methods can, over the passage of time, reduce the attractiveness and functionality of your blinds.

A modicum of gentle care can, therefore, keep your pleated blinds looking fresh and new and ensure that they serve your needs for many a year to come.