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How To Clean Your Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are a practical choice for many homes and offices, offering both style and functionality to any room. They consist of individual slats that run along a track at the top of the blind. These slats can be tilted or drawn to one side, allowing you to control the amount of light and privacy in a room.

It's easy to forget to clean your blinds, so to keep them looking and operating at their best, regular cleaning is essential. Thankfully it won't take you long!

To make it easier for you, we have created a cleaning guide on how best to clean your vertical blinds efficiently.

A kitchen with vertical blinds covering the window

Dust The Blinds

Close the blinds so they are flat. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to gently remove dust, starting from the top and moving downwards. Be gentle to avoid bending or damaging the slats and be mindful of the suction you are using.

Alternatively, you can use a microfiber duster. It may be easier to position your hand gently behind each slat for a more controlled pressure.

Spot Cleaning Your Vertical Blinds

In the first instance, take a clean cloth and dampen with water. Gently blot any stains or spots on the blinds.

If the stain is a little more stubborn, mix a small amount of mild detergent with warm water. Dip a sponge or soft cloth into the solution and wring it out well to avoid excess moisture. Gently blot any stains or spots on the blinds. Do not rub vigorously as this might damage the material. Rinse the cloth with clean water and go over the spots again to remove any soap residue.

A bedroom with French doors dressed with curtains and vertical blinds

Can I Hand Wash My Vertical Blinds?

Before doing anything more than spot cleaning your vertical blinds, check to see whether your fabric is suitable for hand washing. Some materials may not be suitable for water or might require specific cleaning methods.

If your fabric is suitable for hand washing, carefully remove the blinds from their clips or track. If they are connected by chains or weights at the bottom, you might need to detach these as well. If in doubt, please contact us and we will be able to advise.

Fill a bathtub or a large basin with lukewarm water and add a small amount of mild detergent. Avoid using harsh chemicals or bleach as they can damage the fabric or cause discolouration.

Submerge one blind at a time in the water. Gently agitate the water with your hands to distribute the soap. Use a soft sponge or cloth to lightly scrub any stained or soiled areas. Be gentle to avoid damaging the material. Do not leave your blinds to soak. Remove from the water once the soiled areas have become clean.

After cleaning, rinse the blinds thoroughly with clean water to remove all soap residues. You can do this by either running them under a shower or dipping them in another tub of clean water.

Gently shake off the excess water. Lay a towel on a flat surface and place the blind on it. Roll the blind within the towel gently to absorb excess water. Hang the blinds back up to dry completely before closing them. Avoid folding or creasing the blinds when wet.

Things to Consider:

  • Fabric Type: Some fabrics may not be suitable for water immersion. Delicate fabrics or blinds with a stiff backing might get damaged with hand washing.

  • Water Temperature: Always use lukewarm water, as hot water can shrink or warp some materials.

  • Drying: Ensure that the blinds are fully dry before rehanging to prevent mould or mildew growth. Do not use a dryer or expose them to direct heat.

A bedroom with a large window behind the bed dressed with closed vertical blinds

Can I Put My Vertical Blinds In The Washing Machine?

We wouldn't recommend putting your Feather & Grey Interiors vertical blinds in the washing machine as this may cause damage to the fabric or structure of the blinds.

How Can I Remove Mould From My Vertical Blinds?

Removing mould from vertical blinds is essential not just for aesthetic reasons, but also for maintaining a healthy living environment. If you have a lot of condensation on your windows, mould is likely to thrive on your blinds.

Several household items, such as white vinegar, lemon juice, or even tea tree oil diluted with water, are highly effective for cleaning vertical blinds affected by unsightly mould. To remove the mould, spray these solutions onto the affected areas of your vertical fabric blinds, allow them to soak in, then gently wipe and rinse off. We would advise testing on an inconspicuous area first to ensure the solution is compatible with your vertical blind material.

To reduce the change of mould reappearing, always wipe down any condensation on the windows and ensure your rooms are well ventilated.

Looking to clean your other window dressings? We have you covered! Check out our complete guide for cleaning your shutters, blinds and curtains.

Have other windows you still need to dress? Book a complimentary design consultation with us today.

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