If you have wooden or vertical blinds, cleaning them is not an easy job. So assuming you have either wooden or verticle blinds, the simple answer to the above question is – hire blind cleaners. For a small cost, they'll make your life easier and do a better job. But, if you want to do it the hard way, here are some tips to get the job done.
First things first, remove the blind. As all experienced blind cleaners will tell you, never attempt to clean your blinds while they're hung. Also, you must never use force while removing them or you risk damaging the blades. Now, fold the blades in half being careful not to damage the fabric.
Next, find a large enough container (your bath tub will do), fill it with cold water and add a mild detergent. Place your blinds inside and leave them to soak for about 30 minutes to an hour. If after soaking your blinds you are left with stains or spots that won't come out, use a soft cloth to wipe them out, being very careful not to damage the material.
When you're done, use a towel to wipe your blinds dry. Then, simply hang your blinds back up and you're finished! As an added note, remember that you should always clean your blinds regularly, at least once a month.
As any experienced blind cleaners will tell you, cleaning wooden blinds isn't difficult, you just need to be careful. When you're ready, remember that you need to clean both sides of your blinds – front and back. For the front side, you need to tilt the slats down, and for the back, you need to tilt the slats up.
Now, to clean the dust, we recommend using a magnetic duster, which sucks the dust in as opposed to letting it fly everywhere. Or, an easier method is to use your vacuum cleaner. But be careful. Use the soft extension so it won't scratch the wood. Wooden blinds are relatively delicate and easily scratched.
If your blinds are extremely dirty, ignore the above. Instead, you'll need a damp cloth. If this fails to remove the dirt and grime, use a specialist wood cleaning chemical. Any standard wood cleaning agent will do as long as it's not wax based – these cleaners can damage the clear coat sealant around the slats and trap dirt and grime in it. Also, avoid using standard cleaning chemicals as they may corrode or damage the wood.
As with any other blinds, the longer you leave the cleaning, the more wear and tear they will accumulate. This is why we recommend to use blind cleaners on a regular basis. They know what they're doing and they'll do a better job than you can.
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