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The Key to Spotless Blinds is Frequent Maintenance

Few cleaning jobs arouse more dread than window blinds. Whether they are in your home or office, blind cleaning is a chore no one seems to want to take on.

Many office cleaning services and residential cleaners specifically state that they do not clean blinds. This is no doubt because of the time and effort it takes to clean these window coverings.

There are many types of blinds – wood, metal, and fabric – and each requires a different type of care. No matter what type of blinds you have hanging in your home or office, however, the key is to clean them on a regular basis and not wait until the task seems insurmountable. As anyone who has ever tried to clean blinds that have not been touched in years will tell you, the longer you wait, the more difficult and time-consuming the task.

If you have put off cleaning your blinds for too long, or have moved into a home or office with exceptionally grimy metal or vinyl blinds, you will need to remove the blinds to get them clean. Next, lay the blinds on a hard surface, such as cement, but be sure to have a rug or carpet underneath them to prevent scratches. Next, gently wash the blinds with a soft brush and warm soapy water. Do one side of the blinds and then turn them over to do the other side. Rinse the blinds gently with a hose while tilting them slightly so the excess water runs off. It is important that you whisk away any excess water so you aren’t left with water spots. Finally, drape the blinds over a piece of furniture or fence so that they are completely dry before rehanging.

It is important that wooden blinds are never removed or soaked in water. Fabric blinds need to be taken to a dry cleaner if they are dirty.

If your blinds are new or clean and you want to ensure that they remain that way, it is important to take the following preventative measures:

  • Vacuum blinds with the brush attachment on a regular basis. Always work across the slats, not up and down.
  • When dusting blinds, work from the top down and, again, always work across the slats. A lamb’s wool duster works best.
  • Always vacuum or dust vertical blinds downward. This prevents the slats from coming unhooked.
  • Rubber or dry sponges wiped firmly across fabric and vinyl blinds will remove dust and dirt. For spot cleaning, an all-purpose cleaner can be used. Never spray cleaner directly on the blind. Instead spray it on a clean cloth and then wipe the blind.

Blinds add function and beauty to homes and offices. Unfortunately, if they are not kept up well, they become an eyesore and a chore that no one wants to undertake.

 

Posted By: CITYWIDE JANITORIAL AND DISPOSAL SERVICES INC

Posted on: 04/12/2015
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