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The Best Ways To Clean Your Roman Blinds

Roman blinds are a timeless and elegant window dressing option that can add warmth and sophistication to any room.


Whether you have Roman blinds made from luxurious designer fabrics or practical materials, it's important to keep them clean and well-maintained to ensure they retain their beauty and functionality.


Have you noticed a stain or just feel your blinds just need a good old freshen up? We will guide you through the best ways to clean your Roman blinds, helping you preserve their appearance and extend their lifespan.


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Regular Dusting


Dusting your Roman blinds should become a routine task.


Start by fully extending your blind. If needs be, apply a small amount of pressure to the bottom of your blind to keep it taut, ensuring an easier clean.


Use a soft-bristle brush or a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to gently remove dust and dirt from the surface. Start from the top and work your way down, making sure to get into the folds and creases of the blinds. Regular dusting will prevent the accumulation of dirt and keep your blinds looking fresh.


If your Roman blinds are made of a delicate fabric such as linen, silk or have an embroidered design, avoid using a vacuum cleaner as this may damage the fabric. Instead, use a feather duster or microfiber cloth to remove any dust.


Spot Cleaning


If you notice any stains or spots on your Roman blinds, it's essential to address them promptly. Before applying any water or mild cleaning solution, please double check your fabric to see if this is suitable.


To spot clean, follow these steps:


  • Mix a mild detergent or fabric cleaner with water to create a gentle cleaning solution.

  • Test the solution on a small, inconspicuous area of the blind to ensure it doesn't cause any damage or discolouration.

  • If everything ok, dampen a clean cloth or sponge with the solution and gently blot the stained area. Avoid rubbing, as this can spread the stain or damage the fabric.

  • After blotting, use a separate clean, damp cloth to rinse the area, and then pat it dry with a clean towel.


If the stain isn't budging, you may require a specialist fabric stain remover. Please check your fabric is suitable before applying and always test in an inconspicuous area first. Follow the above steps again using the stain remover.


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Can I Put My Roman Blinds In The Washing Machine?


Whether or not you can put your Roman blinds in the washing machine depends on several factors, including the type of fabric, the construction of the blinds, and the manufacturer's care instructions.


Our personal advice, would be to avoid machine washing your Roman blinds to avoid any accidental damage, however if you are adamant this is something you wish to do, here are some general guidelines to help you determine if machine washing is suitable for your Roman blinds:


  • Check the Care Label: The first step is to check the care label or instructions provided by the manufacturer or fabric designer. This label should provide specific guidance on how to clean your Roman blinds. If there are no instructions, do not proceed with machine washing.

  • Fabric Type: Consider the type of fabric your Roman blinds are made of. Some fabrics, like cotton or polyester blends, may be more machine wash-friendly than delicate materials such as silk or linen. Delicate or high-end fabrics often require more specialized care.

  • Construction: The way your Roman blinds are constructed can also impact their washability. Blinds with glued or delicate components may not withstand machine washing as well as those with sturdy construction. Be cautious if your blinds have intricate embellishments or trim.

  • Size and Weight: The size and weight of your Roman blinds matter. Larger and heavier blinds may be more challenging to wash in a home washing machine and could potentially damage the machine or the blinds themselves.


Can I Get My Roman Blinds Dry Cleaned?


Again, it is important to check the fabric of your Roman blinds before embarking on any form of cleaning. However, generally your Roman blind fabric can be taken to the dry cleaners and cleaned professionally.


Can I Steam Clean My Roman Blinds?


If you are looking to steam clean your Roman blinds, always ensure your steam cleaner is on the lowest possible setting to avoid any damage to your fabric.


Fully extend your blind and hold your handheld steam cleaner away from the fabric, lightly moving over the blind. Avoid lingering in one spot to ensure the blind doesn't become wet.


When you've finished, leave your Roman blind to hang dry, ideally within a well ventilated room.



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The Best Ways To Clean Your Roman Blinds


Taking care of your Roman blinds doesn't have to be a daunting task.


With regular dusting and proper cleaning techniques, you can maintain the beauty and longevity of these elegant window dressings. Whether you choose spot cleaning or a more thorough clean is required, following these guidelines will help keep your Roman blinds looking their best for years to come, enhancing the overall aesthetic of your home.


Need further assistance with your Roman blinds? Contact us here.

Need help cleaning your shutters or other blinds? See our full range of practical cleaning guides for shutters, blinds and curtains here.

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