Vertical blinds are a great alternative to traditional curtains as they offer similar light excluding ability, while allowing the extra benefit of tilting to filter natural light into your room, excluding the glare. In this way they combine functionality and style to provide excellent sun control for the full length of your window.
How often should I clean my Vertical Blinds?
Generally, we suggest that a good clean once a year should do the trick, however this can vary depending on factors such as, how often the blinds are used and the location of the blinds, (a dusty attic room may require a little more TLC). We suggest the beginning of spring to be a perfect time to give your vertical blinds a good spruce, as sunlight may highlight any dirt or blemishes!
How do I begin cleaning my Blinds?
Step 1 – Preparation
Although some may prefer to remove the blind slats from the rail clips before cleaning, we find this can increase the risk of damage, this also can unnecessarily take up more time, therefore we recommend simply closing your blind fully, and ensure the blind slats are all turned flat to one side, (as if they were closed).
Step 2 – Dusting
Before applying any kind of moisture to the blinds, firstly ensure the blinds are free from dust. Do this by carefully vacuuming the blinds using a vacuum with an upholstery wand attachment, slowly moving from the bottom to the top of each vertical blind. If you don’t have an upholstery wand attachment, you can simply use a feather duster. For best results ensure you spend a bit of time on this – the more dust you can remove the better.
Tip: Once the first side is free from dust ensure you turn the blinds to give each side a thorough clean.
Generally light dusting is as far as you need to go to keep your Vertical Blind in ‘tip top’ condition. If you feel you require to go further go to the next step.
Step 3 – Washing
Now the blinds have been dusted you can simply wipe using a good quality sponge, and a mild solution of warm water and soap. It would be advised to begin on discrete corner of the blind, ensuring that your sponge colouring will not rub off onto the blind. It is also advised not to use too much water, ensuring your cloth or sponge are just damp when wiping the blind, particularly if the blind is prone to water marks.
And that’s it! Sparkling clean vertical blinds ready for the coming spring. If you have any questions about cleaning and maintaining your blinds, don’t hesitate to give our customer service team a call, and we’ll be happy to advise! Read our cleaning and maintenance guide to find out how to clean other types of blinds.