How to Clean Roller Blinds
As highly practical, versatile and stylish window decorations; roller blinds are incredibly popular which is why we commonly get asked how to clean roller blinds. As with any other piece of furniture in your home it is important that you clean and properly maintain your roller blinds. Roller blinds, like anything else in the home, accumulate dust and dirt over time; dirt and dust from outside and on the window, dust from around the house and fingerprints. Luckily, cleaning roller blinds is generally pretty simple.
Extend the Blinds
Extending the blinds fully to ensure that you can clean the entirety of the material.
Vacuum the Material
Using the brush attachment, start vacuuming your blinds; moving the brush from left to right, starting from the top and working your way down to the bottom. Vacuuming is an important step in cleaning your blinds as it removes dirt and debris which could have got caught on your blinds prior to wiping or washing them. If you go straight in with water, you could risk just moving dirt around rather than cleaning it away.
Fill a Bowl with Dishwashing Detergent and Lukewarm Water
Using around a tablespoon of soap and about a litre of water, mix together until the water turns sudsy. Don’t use harsh chemicals or bleach as these can discolour the blinds. Submerge a dishtowel or sponge in the water and wring it out so that you don’t have any excess water.
Wipe the Blinds
Starting at the top and working your way down, wipe the blinds using a back and forth motion. For larger stains, giving them a deeper scrub should remove them. Make sure you keep rinsing your sponge as you go to make sure it is as clean as possible.
For any tough stains which don’t come off with the soapy water you can use a fabric stain remover; make sure to follow the manufacturers instructions. You can always test the stain remover on a small top section of the blind which won’t be seen.
Leave Extended to Dry
As the blinds weren’t saturated, they won’t take long to dry. Leave them extended to let them dry properly before retracting.
For deep set stains or blinds which require a little time and attention you can actually soak them in a bathtub. Follow the same first two steps as above and then remove the blinds from the wall.
Fill the Bath with Detergent and Water
The same as you would fill a bowl for lighter cleaning tasks. Add a little more detergent to account for the extra water.
Let the Blinds Soak
Lay the blinds in the bath and leave them to soak for about 2-3 hours.
Scrub the Blinds
Using a gentle, soft-bristled brush scrub the blinds clean. Make sure to do both the front and the back of the blinds.
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.
Leave to Dry
Hang the blinds on a washing line or over a curtain rod to dry properly before reattaching them.