How to clean roller blinds

How to Clean Roller Blinds

Your Step-By-Step Guide to Cleaning Roller Blinds

Roller blinds are most often made of fabric because of how they work. Because of this, they are easily cleaned with either a vacuum cleaner or damp cloth. Of course, the first thing you'll need to do before cleaning fabric blinds is to check their care instructions. More so if you plan on using chemical cleaning products. If in doubt, use warm, soapy water made using washing up liquid, or specialised stain remover to tackle the toughest of challenges.

While popping your blind into the washing machine on a delicate wash may seem like a good idea at the outset, it is not. A cycle in the washing machine may result in your blinds creasing, piling, folding, or even tearing. Manufacturers recommend washing your blinds by hand to ensure proper, deep cleaning and brighter blinds than ever.

If you are interested in learning more about general blind cleaning or looking for ways to get rid of a tough stain, this article is for you. There are different ways to protect your blinds from dreaded mould as well as get them looking so clean, no one would blame you for thinking they were new.

Regular Cleaning

You should incorporate cleaning roller blinds into your cleaning rota. Roller blinds should be cleaned every few weeks as a means of avoiding dust building up. Although you can use a common duster to clean blinds, a vacuum cleaner is more effective in eliminating all traces of dust particles.

When using a vacuum cleaner to clean your blinds, you should open your blind completely to avoid leaving dust caught in its folds. Moreover, vacuuming is most effective when using the upholstery brush attachment, if you have one. Like with most other cleaning tasks, it's best to begin from top to bottom, holding the edge to get it flat while vacuuming.

For an even deeper clean, run a damp cloth over the blind once you finish vacuuming. This way you can get rid of grime which is invisible to the naked eye. In a small bucket, add washing up liquid to lukewarm water. Remember, bleach will more often than not discolour any fabric it touches, so avoid using it to clean your blinds. Moreover, microfibre cloths work best for this type of task.

Once you have vacuumed your blind and then run a damp cloth over it, you should wipe it with a different cloth to remove any washing up liquid residue. Use only water on this cloth, wrung out so that it isn't soaking wet. Blinds should be left to air dry completely before rolling them back up on their rail. If they are not completely dry prior to rolling back up, moisture can remain remain and mould can grow of the fabric, so never rush this stage!

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Getting Rid of Stains

Like other fabric household items, roller blinds are no stranger to tough stains. Fabric cleaners are generally useful when removing difficult stains from blinds. To ensure the product will not damage the blind, check its composition label against the blind's care instructions.

You should always be gentle when trying to remove resilient stains from a fabric blind. To help you, you can use a soft bristle brush or old toothbrush, but again, gently. Don't forget to brush in along the grain of the fabric to avoid leaving marks or lines.

Mould No More

Mould is happiest in warm, humid environments and thrive in spaces like kitchens or bathrooms. Blinds which are exposed to constant condensation are also prone to mould, and you need to be careful to roll a blind only once it is completely dry. Patches of mould can often be removed at home, but if the affected area is large, you may need professional help.

The key to avoiding mould build-up is to ensure your blind is as dry as possible. Keeping a window open for ventilation, running a hairdryer along the blind to dry the material if it gets wet, or employing a fan or dehumidifier are all good ways to avoid damp blinds. In the case of an accident where the blind has got completely wet, a good idea is to remove the blind from the rail. That way you can lay it out to air dry on a rack. Ensure that all the other components and mechanisms of the blind are dry before assembling it again.

When washing your blind in a bid to get rid of mould, you can use a product such as chlorine tablets. This product will kill viruses and bacteria, helping keep your home hygienic. Please note, always test a cleaning product on an inconspicuous area of whatever you're cleaning for compatibility and colour fastness. If it removes any colour or you are not confident it is compatible, do no not use the product.

Well hopefully by now you know how to clean roller blinds! Make sure to check out our other handy guides.

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