How to Clean Your Blinds! - Horizontal & Vertical Blind Cleaning (Clean My Space)
How to wash blinds: cleaning at home
Blinds are a practical and neat alternative to traditional blinds. They are vertical and horizontal, metal, wood and woven. Each type of blind has its own characteristics that must be taken into account when caring for them.
A lot of dust collects near windows in any apartment and house. Accordingly, it settles on the blinds, which, as a result, take on an ugly appearance and, moreover, are a breeding ground for bacteria. For example, fabric models are easily washed in regular water: for this they just need to be soaked for a while. But wood and metal products are wiped with a cloth, although this is not always convenient. It is recommended to clean the products after removing them from the window. This applies to both vertical and horizontal.
How to wash aluminum blinds at home
Models made of aluminum cannot be washed in the literal sense of the word.
They can be wiped with a damp sponge while hanging on a window, or rinsed in the bathroom under running water.
- First, the product is removed from the window and carefully transported to the bathroom. Then it is recommended to hang them on a clothesline for drying clothes, which is located above the bathroom or attach them to the tiles with suction cups. First, they are treated on one side with a window cleaner or the like. This is done with a spray bottle. Then proceed directly to washing. The dirt is washed out of the shower. After that, they are rotated and the other side is processed in the same way;
- For stubborn dirt, such as grease stains, thick dust, it is recommended to put the horizontal bars in the detergent for a while. You can also use a steam cleaner. This device significantly saves time on house cleaning. However, when wiping the blinds, you need to remember that they are not straight, but slightly curved, gather with an overlap, slightly covering each other. Therefore, during cleaning, you need to direct the stream of detergent at an angle, this is the only way to clean the entire surface of the product without hindrance.
How to wash fabric blinds
Blinds made of thick fabric must first be disassembled. First, pull out the lower chain and weights alternately from each lamella (strip), then remove those from thearniza. All this must be done carefully so as not to damage the plastic parts.
When they are disassembled, they are taken to the bathroom, where they are soaked in warm water. The detergent is preliminarily diluted in water. You can also use a steam cleaner. Fabric blinds are generally allowed to be brushed using a detergent. For stains, you can use a stain remover and bleach white fabrics. Using running water, the foam is washed out of each lamella. The fabric is dried so that there are no folds on it. Do not squeeze and twist products. The curtains are cleaned at least twice a year. Only in this case, dust and dirt will not eat in and the fabric can be easily washed, returning it to its former cleanliness.
How to wash vertical and horizontal blinds in the washing machine
Can these items be washed in a washing machine?
Manufacturers claim that this is absolutely impossible to do, sending the owners of such products to a dry cleaner or a specialized company. But in fact, if you approach this process wisely, a washing machine can become an indispensable assistant.
During the cleaning process, you can use the sink in manual mode, without spinning. The recommended water temperature is 35 ° C. Use only mild detergents for cleaning.
Vertical lamellas are stacked several pieces (up to 10) together. Then they are rolled into a roll, which is placed in a special laundry bag or pillowcase. Tie the bag or pillowcase securely. If there are a lot of these rolls, it is better to do a few walks rather than trying to shove them all together.
It should be noted that after such an event, fabrics may become a little softer. That is why it is highly discouraged to resort to this method very often. It is of course preferable to clean the blinds by hand.
After the washing machine, the slats are dried by hanging them on the window immediately. When jams appear, they are recommended to be ironed with an iron at the lowest temperature setting, while the strips are not pulled, and the household appliance is not pressed.
The choice of a washing method depends only on the capabilities of their owner, his strength and available equipment. For example, you can even use a vacuum cleaner with a steam generator for this purpose. And the curtains at the summer cottage can be washed by watering with a hose right in the yard.
How to properly wash your blinds: general tips
As you can see, depending on the material, one or another method of caring for products is used, but there are a number of general rules that must be followed. For example, products can be treated with antistatic agents. This will protect them from dust for a longer period. Also, the lamellas can be vacuumed using suitable nozzles. The more often you vacuum such peculiar curtains, the less often they will need professional cleaning.
Also, the simplest method for cleaning smooth slats is to wipee with a damp sponge. It is undesirable to soak any products for a long time, and some are completely contraindicated to soak. If cleaning was done with a damp cloth, then a dry cloth should be used, especially when caring for wood.
Many materials are not recommended to be wetted. These include, for example, a tree. Therefore, owners of bamboo and wooden models should only wipe them with a damp cloth. Handling them under running water is strictly prohibited.
It should also be noted that there are some roller blinds and vertical blinds that are not recommended to be washed, as they are impregnated with special compounds that protect them from fading. In such a situation, you can use a vacuum cleaner or take them to a special dry cleaner, where they will be cleaned with ultrasound.
Curtain materials and recommended cleaning methods:
- Aluminum - warm water and soapy water;
- Heavyweight fabric - lamellas can be washed, can also be soaked;
- Wood - wiping with a damp sponge;
- Fabric roller blinds - dry clean;
- Pleated blinds - soaking in soapy water for a short time. The detergent should be very mild.
If the individual planks are very dirty, they can be replaced with new ones.
But it is better not to bring the products to such a state. Timely cleaning will allow you to use the comfortable folding curtains for a long time. You also need to place the models correctly, for example, metal ones are more suitable for the kitchen, vertical pleats for the office, patterned pleated curtains or brightly colored wooden curtains for the nursery.
How to wash blinds that are very dirty
Stubborn dirt is effectively removed with a steam cleaner. In this case, you can not even remove the slats from the window. A strong jet of steam will knock off all the dirt, all that remains is to wipe off the dark water. Plastic and metal vertical blinds can be wiped with a sponge dipped in soapy water and a little vinegar in the detergent to soften the water. The solution is then removed by washing with clean water. Wood products need to be polished, as is done with furniture. You can clean faster with a triple brush that grips the lamellas from both sides.
The above method has already been described on how to wash vertical blinds in a washing machine or bathroom. But don't discount dry cleaning. If you do not have the opportunity or desire to do such things at home, you can use the services of professionals.
In specialized companies and salons, they work with all types of products, while using the appropriate means that will not violate the structure of the material. In such firms, they can clean both roll and horizontal models.
Cleaning is carried out using ultrasound, contact with water is completely excluded, moreover, there is no need to remove the lamellas in this case./ span>