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Easy to clean and operate, roller blinds are one of the most popular and versatile window coverings.

Some materials, such as PVC roller blinds, are easier to clean than others, but our handy guide will take you through how to clean roller blinds safely at home, no matter the material.

What’s the best way to clean roller blinds?

The best way to clean roller blinds varies depending on the level of cleaning required; whether it's a light dusting, spot cleaning, or a thorough wash. Find out more about these methods and how to apply them effectively below.

Roller blinds cleaning guide

  • How to vacuum clean roller blinds
  • How to remove stains from roller blinds
  • How to remove mould from blinds
  • How to vacuum clean roller blinds

    The manner and effort you put into cleaning your roller blinds will depend on how dirty they are. They may need a light clean using your vacuum cleaner if they are lightly dusty.

    • Up or down? You can clean your roller blinds without having to take them down, simply roll the fabric entirely down to the bottom and get cracking. Or, if more manageable for you, you can take your blinds down from their brackets and pop them back in after.
    • Take your vacuum and gently vacuum from left to right using the soft brush attachment until you've covered the entire fabric.
    • Repeat on the other side of the fabric.
    • Be careful with suction levels, keeping them low as we don't want to pull or bend the fabric and leave creases.
    • We strongly advise not to use the standard floor brush attachment as you could transfer loose dirt and dust to your roller blinds.

    How to remove stains from roller blinds

    Roller blinds positioned in high foot traffic areas and areas like kitchens are more likely to develop stains; follow the below steps to help tackle these.

    • To remove light stains on materials such as polyester, use water with a clean damp cloth.
    • Gently dab the stain and repeat until it has disappeared.
    • Leave the fabric rolled down until it has dried.
    • If your roller blinds are PVC and you have a more stubborn stain that water alone doesn't remove, you can opt to use a mild detergent. Do not use strong liquids or stain removers as you could affect the dye.

    How to remove mould from roller blinds?

    If you find mould lurking in the fibres of your roller blinds, you can initially try to treat it at home. However, it can be difficult and may require spot treating with fabric detergent or dry cleaning.

    • Take a stiff brush and gently brush the area to remove the build-up, while taking care to brush in the same direction.
    • Next, take a clean cloth with warm water and gently dab the area to remove any staining.
    • If stains remain, take lemon juice and salt to the area, dabbing until the stain disappears.
    • Failing this mild detergent is the next best option. However, check the care instructions as you could affect the dye if not recommended.
    • Let the blind air dry with the fabric fully down before winding it up again.

    Mould is terrible for your home and health. Once you've got rid of the issue with mould, prevent it from happening again by regularly cleaning your windows and windowsills to prevent mould from spreading.


    How to clean the fittings on my roller blinds

    Whether you have chosen PVC or polyester roller blinds, you'll find that all our roller blinds are made with quality metal fixing brackets and plastic or chrome chains. As a result, they can be easily wiped down with a water/detergent cleaning solution and dried with a clean cloth.

    What is the best roller blind fabric to keep clean?

    The most practical roller fabric to keep clean is PVC. The material doesn't absorb moisture and is easy to wipe clean, making PVC roller blinds perfect for bathrooms and kitchens.

    How often should you clean roller blinds?

    Roller blinds should ideally be cleaned at least once every fortnight to maintain their appearance and prevent dust buildup.

    Can you wash roller blinds in the bath?

    Theoretically, you can wash roller blinds in the bath, but it's recommended to follow manufacturer instructions and ensure proper drying to prevent damage.

    Can you wash roller blinds in the washing machine?

    It's generally not recommended to wash roller blinds in a washing machine, as it can damage the blinds or the machine; instead, spot clean or hand wash them for better results.

    Want to replace your roller blinds?

    We hope the tips in this article will have your roller blinds looking as good as new. If your roller blinds have become mouldy or stained and you've been unable to revive them, it may be time to look at some new blinds. Take a look at our stunning collection of high-quality, made-to-measure roller blinds.

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