Venetian blinds are a popular choice for many homeowners because they’re stylish, durable and functional. However, like most furnishings around the house, your blinds require regular maintenance and cleaning to continue looking fresh and to protect against the build-up of dust and other airborne particles. Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to clean and maintain your venetian blinds.
Vacuum Away Dust & Debris
When vacuuming and dusting other areas of the house, it’s easy to forget this seemingly unimportant cleaning job; however, blinds often accumulate dust, dirt and bacteria between the slats, which can cause coughs and other illness if neglected. Using a duster or vacuum upholstery tool, start at one end of the blinds and work your way along the slats; move slowly and carefully so as not to miss any spots and to avoid scratching the material.
Spray & Cloth
Depending on the material of your venetian blinds, you may be able to use spray and cloth for a slightly deeper clean. Some materials, such as wood, can be damaged by the moisture, so check with the manufacturer before using any cleaning sprays or liquids. Make sure to clean both sides of the slat, then rinse away any residue using clean water to reduce streaking. Finally, let the blinds air dry completely before putting them back into use.
Polish Slats With A Microfibre Cloth
Once your venetian blinds are clean and dry, give them a final polish using a microfibre cloth for added shine and protection from dust build-up.
Even with regular maintenance, your blinds may require occasional deep cleaning. To do this, you’ll need to completely remove them from their fitting (check with the manufacturer for instructions and confirm the material won’t be damaged by cleaning materials). Place the blinds on a towel in the base of your bathtub to avoid scratches, then fill the tub with warm water until the blinds are completely covered. Add a cleaning solution, such as washing liquid, and leave to soak. Any remaining marks may require gentle scrubbing but be careful not to damage the material.
Venetian blinds made of wood are often the most sensitive to cleaning solutions. To avoid damage, use a soft cloth, mitt, or vacuum brush attachment to remove dust and dirt. Consider using wood cleaner or wood soap to remove more stubborn markings and dirt, followed by a damp microfibre towel; run the fabric along the length of each slat to cover the entire surface area.
In conclusion, Venetian blinds should be regularly maintained to keep them looking fresh and clean. Vacuuming, polishing with a microfibre cloth and occasional deep cleaning are all part of maintaining your blinds. Be sure to check with the manufacturer regarding any materials used in the cleaning process as some can cause damage to the material. With regular attention, your Venetian blinds will remain in good condition for years to come. For more advice, contact Ron Ayton Curtains, Blinds & Shutters on 02 4332 5388.