Blinds in the modern world have gained considerable popularity. They are compact, simple and convenient to handle, reliably protect the room from the looks of street passers-by, as well as from sunlight. However, like all interior items, the blinds gradually tend to become covered with dust. If such protection is in the kitchen, the lamellas are also covered with grease and soot. To return the lamellas the previous appearance, it is necessary to periodically wash the blinds from dirt and dust.
Let's look at how to clean the blinds at home, what tools to use, in which sequence to clean. As modern blinds are made of different materials, then the methods of care for them will be different. Also, the methods of care may vary depending on the spatial orientation of the lamellas.
How to wash horizontal blinds
Clearing the blinds can be made directly on the window, or by removing them from the window. If you are looking for a way to quickly wash the blinds, then do the work without removing the blinds from the window.
How to wash metal blinds
Most often horizontal blinds are made of metal, so consider cleaning this particular material. It is recommended to install aluminum blinds in the closed position before cleaning, and then to clean their surface from dust with a vacuum cleaner. After that, wipe the lamellas with a damp cloth on both sides when they are open. If the horizontal aluminum blinds have traces of grease, then use a solution of any detergent. Cleaning is done from the top down, so that there are no stains on the already cleaned lamellae.
For cleaning, in addition to a damp sponge, you can use wet wipes, wiping the panels in the closed state. To do this, they are simply pressed against the window.
You can also remove the blinds, and then wash them under the shower. Before removing the blinds, they are recommended to vacuum. Aluminum is easily cleaned of contaminants if it is moistened with water for a short time. However, it is not recommended to soak the products in the bath for a long time, since they may show traces of rust. The lamellas are wiped with a damp sponge, onto which the detergent composition is applied. After drying, the lamellas are wiped with a dry towel, and then the blinds are suspended from the window.
Cleaning of plastic products
To easily wash the plastic blinds, they should be removed from the window. For this purpose, the accessories are separated from the lamellas, and the lamellas themselves are wetted under a stream of hot water. After this, a sponge soaked in a detergent solution, each lamella is cleaned, and then rinsed. Dried products are installed on the window.
And how to properly wash the plastic blinds directly on the window? This can be done in the same way as it is used for cleaning metal blinds. That is, clean them with a damp cloth or napkin.
How to clean wooden blinds
The lamellas of such products are made of natural wood, which is varnished, so remember one rule - they can not be washed under the pressure of water, washing out the dust. From this varnish coating can be damaged, the products will lose their attractiveness or change the color. Wood also does not like temperature changes, which can cause the lamellas to warp. Manufacturers recommend cleaning wooden blinds with a vacuum cleaner, but this method is ineffective.
It is easy to clean wooden lamellas from dust by using a usual damp cloth, which we all use for wiping wooden furniture.
How to clean vertical blinds
Washing the vertical blinds at home can be easily, but much depends on the material of their manufacture. The most commonly used vertical fabric, polymer and wooden blinds. However, there are several general rules for cleaning them:
- All smooth surfaces can be cleaned with a damp towel.
- Use a vacuum cleaner to remove most of the dust. Then further purification will pass easily and quickly.
- If you own a steam cleaner, then this device can be used to clean any kind of blinds except wooden ones. A jet of steam flushes dirt and grease from the lamellas, and you will only need to wipe the surface with a clean rag.
- By processing the surface of the blinds with antistatic, you significantly slow down the process of depositing dust on the surfaces of the lamellas.
- Jacquard blinds or products with photographic printing on them can not be washed with water. They are cleaned only in dry-cleaning conditions.
Consider how to wash vertical blinds in the most effective ways.
Cleaning of fabric products
Usually vertical fabric blinds become very dirty very slowly due to their geometric arrangement, so vacuuming is an ideal way of caring for them. But brushing the fabric does not follow, as the bristles can damage the protective coating of the fabric lamellae or disrupt the integrity of the impregnation. If you notice that they are dirty enough, they can be washed in warm water. Do the following:
- Fabric stripes are removed in turn from the guides.
- From the stripes all the furniture is removed, if any.
- Each strip is rolled into a roll.
- Rolls are placed in a cloth bag designed for washing delicate garments.
- The bag with rolls is lowered into a container with warm water, in which the detergent powder is dissolved.
- After about an hour, the strips are removed from the bag and rinsed with clean warm water.
- When the water drains from the lamellas, they can be hung in their original place. The damp cloth will even out under its own weight.
Attention! Before washing fabrics, read the instructions for care of them. Not all products can be water-cleaned. Some of them have impregnations that prevent the penetration of dust into the structure of the tissue.
On sale there are means for dry cleaning of fabric curtains. The composition is applied to the lamellae, and after a certain time, it is removed with a wet sponge together with dirt.
How to Clean Polymer Blinds
Products made of polymer material are also best cleaned by removing them from the window. They are less demanding on cleaning procedures. Polymer strips can be twisted into rolls, and then washed in a washing machine. Either soak in water, as was the case with fabric strips, then rinse with water, dry and hang into place.
You can wash the polymer strips, and not removing them from the window. To do this, use a damp sponge with a detergent. After cleaning, the lamellas are wiped with a clean cloth.
Cleaning of wooden slats
If you are the owner of vertical wooden blinds, you should be guided by the requirements for caring for them. Do not use water to clean the slats. It is quite enough to get by wiping the tree with a damp cloth. In some cases, you can use wood polishes, if this is allowed in the instruction.
Tip: all the fittings that were removed during the cleaning process are installed in their places only after the final drying of the blinds. This will avoid the occurrence of corrosion inside the guides.
If you follow the above recommendations, then your blinds will please you with their appearance for a long time.