All blinds need to be cleaned with or without soap and water to maintain them. There are several factors, however, that you have to consider when determining how often you will clean Venetian blinds. These factors include the office ventilation, heating and cooling systems, air quality and humidity. Warm moist inside air coming in contact with the much cooler windowpane can cause blinds to become dirty faster. While a well-insulated window may keep the glass warmer reducing this effect.
Most people will get the blinds cleaned by a professional. But if you are a DIY person and prefer to get your hands dirty, you should know that cleaning Venetian blinds is not a difficult process although it may require some of your time. The following is a simple guide to help you thoroughly wash Venetian blinds in the bathtub;
Using the rotating bar, tilt the blind’s slats to a level, horizontal position. Pull the cord so that the blinds are in full open position and are tightly stacked together.
Use an old blanket or some towels. Lay them on the floor before placing the open blinds on them. This is to protect the blinds from damage. Here, fill the bathtub with warm water and ad dishwashing or laundry detergent.
Put on gloves to protect your hands from any sharp edges before carefully placing one of the blinds into the water.
Use a cotton or sponge cloth to rub soapy water along the surface of each slat. Keep in mind that you may sometimes need to pull the cord to open the blinds a little more. Don’t forget to clean the tapes on the edges of the blinds.
Once clean, drain the water in the bathtub and hold the blinds in an upright position. Pour clean water over the blinds to remove leftover soap. You can then leave the blind standing against the edge of the wall for about 30 minutes to allow for all the water to drain.
When it is sufficiently dry, replace the blinds back into the window bracket and release the control cords. You can also tilt the slats when necessary. Since the blind may not be entirely dry at this point, use a clean, dry cloth to remove any excess moisture. Leave the blinds in the extended position, with their flaps open to facilitate the drying process.
Additional Tips When Cleaning Venetian Blinds
The following are just some tips to help ease the process of cleaning;
- Wear protective gloves when handling metal blinds to avoid cutting yourself on sharp edges.
- If there are any sections of the blinds that are damage, it is important to repair them before cleaning.
- You can also choose to clean the blinds using a vacuum cleaner.
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