If you were to rank the chores around the house, cleaning blinds would be at the bottom of the list. Frankly, cleaning blinds is a chore that is often forgotten about or ignored. There is a belief that cleaning blinds are very time-consuming. But what if I told you it could be quite easy and quick?
When people ignore this job, the blinds can quickly get covered in dust, dirt, pet dander, and all the other particles that are floating around your home.
Bee Maids knows blinds and is always ready to help whether it be a one-time deep cleaning or routine cleaning.
Having clean blinds can make a significant impact on the look of your home and can even improve air quality. Having a list of the best ways to clean blinds will help make this once dreary and tedious chore into something that you enjoy. And even better than that, save you some time.
There are many different materials you can use to clean your blinds. Remember that when you buy your blinds, they will ALWAYS come with an instruction manual. Save these instructions because they will recommend specific cleaning materials to best service your blinds.
According to experts at The Spruce, we need to check and double check that we use the right kind of cleaning materials, or we can actually damage our blinds.
Some of the commonly used tools for cleaning blinds are vacuums with attachments, blind dusters, and microfiber cloths.
Levels of Cleaning
How you clean your blinds is directly correlated to how dirty they are. If you clean your blinds more regularly, then it might require less work and time than if they are neglected and soiled. It’s very important to remember that blinds become brittle from daily exposure to sun and aging. The strings/chords will weaken over time so these are a tender-loving-care cleaning item.
If you dust your blinds often, then maybe just a quick dusting will suffice. However, if it has been a while since you have even looked at your blinds, you might be in for a surprise. They may need some substantial cleaning with things like a wood cleaner, or soap and water. Sometimes blinds can get greasy and have stuck on dirt and dust.
A Lovely Thing Called a Blind Duster
The days of the tedious work of dusting your blinds with a feather duster are out-of-date. One of the best ways to clean blinds is by using a blind duster. “How is that different than the feather duster? Why does it matter” you ask?
Well, using a feather duster does not necessarily clean up the dust; It just moves it around to another area of your home. Not to mention the fact that it takes an extremely long time to get to all of the blinds.
Blind dusters can save you a lot of time. They have individual prongs that you can pass through the blinds to get all the dirt and dust off of multiple slats at once. By doing so, this helps to expedite the dusting process and leaves you with excellent results.
Good Ol’ Soap and Water
Warm water and some dish soap can have your metal blinds looking like new in no time. This technique is best if your blinds have been a bit neglected and need more attention than just a dusting.
While you might want to clean your blinds with water and soap, make sure you dust your blinds FIRST because it can cause more of a mess.
To save you some time, you do not have to take your blinds down. There is a common misconception that you always have to take blinds down and soak them to get a deep cleaning. But we are here to tell you that some of the best ways to clean blinds do not involve taking them down at all.
If you have horizontal blinds, make sure they are flat. Keep the concave side facing you and start wiping the blinds gently with your wet cloth. You will be amazed at how much dirt you get off of your blinds as you start wringing the water out of your microfiber towel. Continue the process, working your way from top to bottom, until you are done.
If you have vertical blinds, you will follow the same steps but instead work from left to right.
What About Wood Blinds?
With wood blinds, you have to be a bit picky when it comes to the materials you use. Water can warp wood and cause issues later down the road so you cannot clean wood blinds the same way you clean metal blinds.
After an initial dusting, use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment if you have one. Lastly, you might want to use something like lemon oil or other wood cleaners to rub on the blinds. This gives them a polished and lively look. Using a wood cleaner can also help to get all the dirt out of the wood grain within the blinds that can accumulate over time.
One of the best ways to clean blinds and keep them clean is to run a dryer sheet on each slate. This protects them from having future dirt and grime stick.
Best Way to Clean Fabric Blinds
A vacuum with an attachment such a brush head will become your best friend if you have fabric blinds. Using the vacuum and attachment every couple of weeks will help keep your blinds in tip-top shape. If they get dirty in individual areas, use spot treatment in the area that is soiled and dap dry, just as you would with any other fabric material. If you use a detergent to spot treat, make sure that it is clear as a colored detergent can stain the fabric.
If you have light colored blinds, then you might want to clean them more regularly than not because all the dirt, dust and grime can discolor the blinds.
Bee Maids Can Help With That
Are you in a blinds crisis? Wanting to give your blinds a thorough cleaning but do not have the time? Have no fear, the staff at Bee Maids can help lessen that burden.
We are open Monday through Friday and are looking forward to answering any home cleaning questions for you. You can contact us at (281) 671-4550, and one of our staff members will get back to you right away!
You can also send us a message on our website and receive a quote from us. We are looking forward to helping you with all of your cleaning needs!