Cleaning your blinds is an important part of maintaining a sustainable home. We recommend dusting your blinds regularly, and then giving them a good clean once or twice a year. Simple household items, like a damp wipe, can keep your blinds in great condition and dust free. Whether wood, faux wood, fabric, vinyl or aluminium, they can all be cleaned.
Plastic, metal and faux wooden blinds stand up well against the heat, steam and grease found in Brisbane kitchens, and are easy to clean – just wipe off dust and debris with a soft cloth. A mix of one part water, one part white vinegar can be used for extra grimy plastic and faux wooden blinds. Close the blinds and wipe over each slat, then turn them over to clean the other side.
Bathroom blinds can be cleaned the same way as kitchen blinds. During Brisbane & Ipswich winters, the dampness and lack of sunshine can contribute to mould on faux wood blinds, but a white vinegar and water mix will easily get rid of it. Avoid fabric or wooden blinds in the bathroom, as they can warp and absorb moisture.
Faux wooden and wooden blinds will need to be dusted regularly with the soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Close the blinds and gently vacuum each side on the lightest suction setting. To prevent dirt from building-up, wooden blinds can be treated with a quality furnish polish, sprayed onto a soft cloth.
Vacuum fabric blinds, including blockout roller blinds and Roman blinds, to remove dust. Spot treat marks on fabric with an all-purpose spray cleaner and damp cloth, and use a dry sponge (or rubber sponge) from a hardware store to remove stubborn spots on vinyl vertical blinds. If they become heavily soiled, the best thing to do is have them professionally cleaned.