It only takes a moment or two, but cleaning the blinds is one of the few tasks that we tend to forget about over time. It’s only when we come to realize that the dust and dirt is building up so much that even the sunlight is having trouble making its way through!
Regular dusting will keep the need for a deeper annual clean at a minimum; your house looks brighter (that sunshine does wonders to brighten up a room!) and the allergens that come along with the thick coating of dusty particles will diminish significantly.
Here are a few tips:
Microfiber cloth – These incredible little inventions are great for swiping away the dust.
Dip a clean cloth in a bowl of diluted vinegar and swipe your hand across the top and bottom of each slat.
Microfiber cloth also reduces static cling and decreases the dusty mess left behind.
Vacuum – After a quick swipe with a dry microfiber cloth, gently use the vacuum brush attachment to get rid of the excess dust and dirt.
Lemon Oil – If you have stain finished wood blinds, dilute some lemon oil with distilled water and spray the solution on the blinds. Using a microfiber cloth, gently wipe the oil and let dry. Not only does it clean your blinds, but they look shiny and new, and smell great too!
Detergent – Faux wood blinds and venetian blinds are less expensive and made of a hardier material. Remove excess dust with your vacuum brush attachment first. Then mix together a combination of warm water and a dab of mild detergent (such as Dawn). Dampen a microfiber cloth and wipe the top and bottom of each blind, then let air dry.
Word to the Wise: Excess moisture could warp your blinds and/or discolour your blinds, so don’t overdo it on the liquid. This includes water, detergent, oils, etc. If you’re working with any of these materials, simply dampen your cloth. That’s more than enough to get the job done.
Cleaning your blinds can be an easy task with these tips. So you have to stop and think to yourself: when’s the last time you ran a white cloth across your blinds?