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How to clean roller blinds

Want to learn how to clean roller blinds? It’s far easier than you think! Whether you need to learn how to clean a fabric blind, or you need to clean a new set of PVC blinds, removing any mould or debris is easier than you might think. 

For a low maintenance clean, such as removing dust, all you need to do is vacuum your blind, or consider giving them a wipe down with some warm, soapy water - all without removing them from their roller!

Alternatively, if your blinds haven’t been cleaned in a long time and any mould or mildew is forming, it might be time for a deep clean. In this case, you’ll need to remove the blind from its attachment, before soaking it in the bath. 

Either way, we’ve put together a handy step-by-step guide to help you get your roller blinds back to perfection in no time. 

Wondering how to clean roller blinds? It’s not just you! These products are incredibly versatile, available in beautiful patterns or capable of blacking out any unwanted light. As with any other piece of furniture in your home, it is important that you clean and properly maintain your blinds, whether roller blinds or Roman blinds. All blinds accumulate dust and dirt, which often arrives through the window - but luckily, cleaning your blinds is simple! 

A Guide to Regular Cleaning

Step 1: Roll Down The Blinds

Extend the blinds fully to ensure that you can clean the entirety of the material.

Step 2: Vacuum The Material

Using the brush attachment, start vacuuming your blinds. First, move the brush from left to right, starting from the top and working your way to the bottom. Vacuuming is an important step in cleaning your blinds as it removes dirt and debris, and is especially important for any blinds made from a delicate material or a light colour, such as white

Always make sure to remove dirt before you wet your blinds, as this could redistribute the problem or stain your blinds, instead of helping you to clean them.

Step 3: Fill A Bowl With Dishwashing Detergent And Lukewarm Water

Mix a tablespoon of soap and a litre of water until the water turns sudsy. Don’t use harsh chemicals or bleach, as these can discolour the blinds! Next, submerge a dish towel or sponge in the water and wring it out to remove excess water. 

Step 4: Wipe The Blinds

Starting at the top and working your way down, wipe the blinds in a back and forth motion. For any larger stains, you can rub the blinds with a scrubbing brush - just make sure to continuously rinse your sponge as you go to ensure it remains clean. 

Step 5: Stain Removal

Any tough stains that don’t come off with the soapy water may require fabric stain remover. Just make sure to follow the manufacturers’ instructions, as some fabric blinds cannot be safely cleaned using this product. For best results, always try a small amount of stain remover on the small, top section of the blind as a test. 

Step 6: Leave Extended To Dry

Leave your blinds extended to let them dry properly before retracting - failure to do so could lead to them taking longer to dry or developing mould or mildew

How to Deep Clean Blinds

Step 1: Fill The Bath With Detergent And Water

Similarly to a ‘regular clean’, fill your bathtub with a mixture of water and detergent, using more soap to accommodate more water.

Step 2: Let The Blinds Soak

Lay the blinds in the bath and leave them to soak for about 2-3 hours.

Step 3: Scrub The Blinds

Using a gentle, soft-bristled brush, scrub the blinds clean. Remember to do both the front and the back of the blinds.

Step 4: Drain The Water And Rinse

Drain the dirty water from the bath and rinse the blinds with clean water to ensure all the dirt is gone.

Step 5: Leave To Dry

Hang the blinds on a washing line, or over a curtain rod, to dry properly before reattaching them. This will ensure no mould or mildew. 

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