Some of the places we never think of cleaning are those we can’t see. And then there are those that we look at every day, and also never think to clean! Take your window dressings for instance – you open and close them almost every day, but have you ever stopped and looked at them closely? Can you see a film of dust and dirt that has been building up over time?
If you’ve started your list of spring cleaning chores for this year, it might be time to add ‘clean the window dressings’ to the list and make up for months of neglect.
Here are our simple tips to help ‘freshen up’ your blinds this spring:
- Give your blinds a blow out
With honeycomb blinds if you notice dust and cobwebs or any bugs and insects that may have got caught up inside and behind your blinds; the best and most gentle way to remove this is with a hairdryer. Set it to a cold or cool setting and gently blow out any dust or bugs from the blinds before cleaning it up. This is particularly helpful for conservatory or hard-to-reach blinds.
Be careful not to press up against the blind too much – you don’t want to flatten or leave marks in the pleats. If you’re feeling nervous, a feather duster or a soft cloth is also helpful.
A helpful tip! If you open and close your blinds every day, you will help to keep dust from settling on your blinds and save you on cleaning time later on.
- Dusting with the vacuum
Once you’ve loosened all the dust and debris, collect it up with the vacuum. You can even go over the blind with the dusting attachment (on low suction if you can) to get anything that didn’t come loose.
- Spot, dab, repeat!
If they need it, treat the fabric blinds carefully and gently when spot cleaning. Use a damp, clean (plain white if possible) cloth with a very mild detergent (avoid strong detergents) and gently dab the spots. Rubbing the fabric could damage the fabric or fade the colour, so tread gently.
- Don’t forget the surroundings
It’s always good to go over the floor and any furniture that sits near your blinds. Especially couches or chairs – fabric holds on to dust and if someone sits down, they throw dust back up into the air towards your windows and blinds so make sure you give the furniture a good clean too.
If you’d like more advice on how best to clean your blinds, contact us for detailed cleaning information.