How to Take Care of the Blinds Properly: 5 Easy Tricks
Window coverings like blinds and curtains barely need any maintenance at all, but sometimes you’ll find yourself in a bind, for one reason or another. It’s also entirely possible that you just got new blinds for your windows and aren’t sure how to clean them or take care of them.
Whatever the reason, you don’t have to worry too much about the problem at hand, or about taking care of your new blinds. You won’t have to do much except for treating them with care and making sure the blinds stay dust-free. You can learn more about blinds and curtains by going to Blind Guys who have countless options and guides on the different kinds of blinds and window coverings.
Moving on to maintenance, the most common problem you’ll have with your blinds is that they won’t open or close smoothly, or that one of them broke. Keep reading for more information about cleaning and taking care of blinds.
Use Microfiber Cloth
The biggest problem any blinds face is dust, which isn’t easy to remove with any old cloth. You need to use a microfiber cloth to keep the blinds clean and dust free. This way you’ll make sure that you get rid of all and any dust in there as well as ensuring a thorough cleanup.
If you don’t have a microfiber cloth lying around, don’t worry. You can use an old sock (as long as it’s clean!) and it will pretty much do the same job. Just wear it on your hand, wet it a little, and get to work.
Do Your Blinds Need a Deep Cleaning?
A lot of times blinds only need an occasional dusting, but if they’re somewhere like the kitchen or next to a door in a busy shop, they may accumulate a lot of dust and grime that’s hard to get rid of. Don’t get lazy with the cleaning if you see the visible build-up in your blinds!
For deep cleaning, you’ll need to take the blinds off and put them in a tub of warm water with some dishwashing soap and baking soda. Leave them in the water until you’re sure the dirt and buildup will come off easily and then take the blinds out. Now, all you need to do is wipe them down, clean them up and reinstall them.
What if Your Blinds Get Stuck?
If any of your blinds get stuck, inspect them carefully and make sure they’re aligned properly on the window frame. If you’re sure that’s not the issue, there’s a nifty trick that will have them gliding open and close like butter.
Take some silicone spray and use it on the headrail or any place where the blinds are supposed to be gliding through to work properly. This will reduce any friction and make your blinds work perfectly again.
Have Your White Blinds Gotten Dull?
If you have white blinds that aren’t exactly white anymore, chances are that they were stained by the sun. This may seem like a problem that can’t be solved, but you’d be surprised!
Take three cups of bleach and add it to a tub of cold water. All you need to do is soak your blinds in the water for ten minutes (and no more) to restore them to their older, shiny white selves!
Don’t Get Wooden Blinds Too Wet
Wooden blinds aren’t the same as blinds made up of materials like aluminum or fabric, and while it’s perfectly okay to get some water on those blinds, try not to get your wooden blinds wet. The right way to clean wooden blinds is by dusting them regularly, and using a wood cleaner whenever you do need to give it an extra rub. Keep the microfiber towel (or sock) in your hand damp instead of wet, and your wooden blinds will thank you.