How to clean blinds
How you clean your blinds will depend on your type of blinds and what they are made out of.
To help you get started, we've compiled a handy cleaning guide to help you clean vertical, Venetian, roller and fabric blinds. Plus, here are some tips on how to remove mould from your blinds.
How to clean vertical blinds
A mum has shared how she cleaned her vertical blinds in 30 minutes - and the results are incredible.
Posting in the Facebook group, Mums Who Clean, Lusi Austin from That Homeschool Life shared terrific before and after pictures of how she cleaned her vertical blinds by soaking them with a combo of warm water, vinegar, dishwashing liquid and FAB laundry powder.
Here's more information on how to clean vertical blinds.
How to clean roller blinds
When it comes to cleaning roller blinds, there's one product that works better than the rest.
Another mum shared her excitement online, saying, "The only thing that worked easily with minimal effort was Aldi Mould Away. Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone!"
Here's more information on how to clean roller blinds.
How to clean Venetian blinds
It's no secret that cleaning Venetian blinds is time-consuming and tedious.
Even more frustrating is having to reach and clean the dust and dirt from in between each slat. It's no wonder they're often neglected.
Thankfully, a handy product will make cleaning your blinds a breeze: the AIFUDA Blinds Cleaner and Duster.
Here's more information on how to clean Venetian blinds.
How to clean fabric blinds
Fabric blinds might be a little trickier to clean than vinyl and wooden ones. But it's not impossible.
To remove stains from fabric blinds, it's essential to check the care instructions and choose a stain remover that won't damage the type of fabric. You can use a soft toothbrush to scrub the spot to help lift the stain gently.
Always read the labels of the cleaning products you are using. And if in doubt, ask your manufacturer how they recommend cleaning fabric roller blinds.
How to clean Roman blinds
Cleaning Roman blinds is very similar to cleaning fabric blinds. Before cleaning your Roman blinds, check the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning.
If your Roman blinds need more than a spot clean and they can't be put in the washing machine, handwashing might be an option for you. Here's how to handwash Roman blinds.
- Fill a basin or sink with lukewarm water and a mild detergent.
- Submerge the blinds in the soapy water and gently agitate them.
- Allow the blinds to soak for a few minutes to loosen dirt and stains.
- Gently scrub the blinds with a soft brush or sponge, focusing on any particularly dirty or stained areas.
- Rinse the blinds thoroughly with clean water to remove all the soap.
- Carefully squeeze out excess water from the blinds without wringing or twisting them.
- Hang the blinds outside or in a well-ventilated area to air dry.
- Ensure they are fully dry before rehanging them to prevent mould growth.
How to clean mould from blinds
If you've noticed mould growing on your blinds, the outbreak's severity will determine if you can remove it yourself.
If the mould growth is small and made from a hard non-porous surface, you can try to kill and remove the mould yourself.
Lucinda Curran is an Indoor Environmental Health Consultant. She previously told BHG killing mould is not enough.
"The presence of mould, dead or alive, can be problematic for someone sensitive to it," says Lucinda. "Like hay fever, the presence of the pollen triggers a response; it doesn't matter whether or not the flowers are in a vase or growing."
"This is why removing mould is essential."
She says using a microfibre cloth is the key to properly removing mould from hard surfaces.
As for killing mould, Lucinda recommends using dishwashing detergent mixed with warm water. You can add essential oils, like oregano and thyme, to the soapy water mix to "supercharge the effect". Find her instructions for removing mould here.
For fabric blinds, your best bet at killing and removing mould is to wash it on a hot cycle in the washing machine. If that doesn't work, consider replacing your blinds.