Cleaning fabric blinds is a task that only comes around every so often, so it is worthwhile taking a few minutes to review these top tips that we have put together for you. The frequency of cleaning is rarely more often that seasonally, however, this is most commonly a yearly event that is carried out, and in many cases, it can be even longer than that.
There are several influences that will determine how regularly you undertake cleaning fabric blinds. How often are the blinds used? For example, a fabric blind in an infrequently used guest bedroom will not require the same attention as a blind in the main family bathroom. Equally, if it isn’t operated for a long time, certain styles will accumulate dust which can easily transform into a dirty mark. Where are they installed? If the location of a blind means that it will get wet or splashed, such as in a bathroom or kitchen, it will most certainly need more frequent cleaning. Perhaps you live on a busy road or in a built-up area where a breeze due to a window being open can make the fabric grubby? Colour can be important too, lighter colours are much harder to keep looking pristine!
Reduce your cleaning?
From the outset, it is good practice to choose a fabric blind that is both to your taste but also practical for your day to day lifestyle. As we have already mentioned, lighter fabrics will most certainly show up dirt more readily. Different blinds require different fabrics so bear that in mind too. A roman blind or curtain with soft fabric can be prone to attracting dust and dirt and can be very difficult and expensive to clean. Whereas a roller blind will often have a range of treated fabrics that are coated so that they can be wiped clean very easily and simply when required.
Removing your blind
Once you reach the decision to clean your blind, the first step is to take it down. Many blinds are installed with an easy to manage clip so that the blind can be easily removed and reinstalled. First, remove fragile and delicate objects from your window sills so that they are not broken. Second, work out how the mechanism works so that you can remove your blind easily and without damaging it. Third, get someone to help you if it is large or heavy. Forth, take care to not damage the blind, hardware or fabric during the process.
Cleaning the fabric
Determine whether you need to remove the fabric from the hardware before you clean it. If this is not possible then you will have to clean the blind on a flat and clean surface by hand. Very mild soapy water is recommended, taking care not to use any harsh chemicals that may discolour or deteriorate the fabric. If you are unsure, test a small area on the back of the fabric first. Many of the fabrics will have cleaning guidelines, look for any labels and follow the advice given. If you are putting any fabrics into a washing machine then always check first of all that this method of cleaning is suitable and recommended, if not continue by hand. The temperature of the water is also vital as too hot can cause shrinkage or fading.
Replacing the fabric
Sometimes it is just not possible to achieve the end result you want when cleaning fabric blinds. Fear not, there are several further options available for you; replace the fabric – some companies offer this service and some people are confident in their skills to do this, replace the blind – there is always the option to replace the blind completely, go for something similar with a new fabric or opt for a complete change of type of blind. Blind Technique has a team of experts who will happily advise you on the latter decision. Indeed, every year we see new products coming to the market, and improved operating systems, including remote-controlled motorised operation. You may be surprised at what has changed?