Thursday, October 10, 2013

How to Clean Household Blinds Without the Threat of “De-Digitization”!

Have you ever tried to really clean those blinds in the windows? How in the world do you do it? I mean apart from needing to take a week off of work to actually wipe down each one of those devilish white metal “slats” there’s the added risk of severing a digit! Well, there are a few simple tricks that you can use to make cleaning any type of blind easy and quick and most importantly, you get to keep all of your fingers!

If you have the standard metal blinds as mentioned above the easiest way to clean them is to use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. This not only makes the job go quickly but it protects you from cutting your hands on one of the metal edges. All joking aside, they can be a hazard and metal cuts are no laughing matter. If you don’t have a vacuum with attachments I recommend a good quality wool duster.

If they are really grimy and need to be washed you’ll need to take them down. To prevent from damaging them I recommend laying them on a rug or old piece of carpet before you start. All you’ll need is some soapy water and a scrub brush. Scrub one side, flip them over to scrub the other side and then use your garden hose to rinse them off. You can hang them over a fence, a wall or even clothes lines until they dry completely. One important thing to remember however; DON’T scrub up and down, always scrub from side to side or you run the risk of unhooking the slats.

It is OK to wipe down wooden blinds with a damp sponge but I wouldn’t recommend getting them too wet. A little water is alright as long as you don’t get them soaked. It’s a lot easier to leave wooden blinds in place for cleaning and they will dry within a few minutes.

Obviously fabric and vinyl blinds require a different cleaning method. For general cleaning purposes you can use what is known as a dry sponge (it’s actually made of rubber). It works well on both vinyl and fabric and all you need to do is wipe it firmly across the blinds.

For removing spots of residue just about any general purpose cleaner will do the trick. It’s best to spray the cleaner onto the cleaning cloth and not directly onto the blinds.

Finally, if your fabric blinds are heavily soiled your best solution is to remove them and make a trip to the dry cleaners. Most fabric blinds are not machine washable but double check the label just to be sure.

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