Safe Window Blind and Shade Cleaning
Every year, people go through their homes, cleaning from top to bottom. Although called "spring cleaning", some may not perform the duties until summer or fall time. Regardless of when you do your home cleaning, one part of the home is often overlooked is the blinds and shades. While this might not seem like much of a big deal, both blinds and shades collect dust, dirt, and grime, which can lead to allergies or create problems for people with respiratory problems.
While cleaning your blinds and/or shades is an important part of the overall cleaning process, you would not necessarily clean every type of blind or shade the same. For starters, wood blinds have become increasingly popular. Typically, you would only need to do an occasional vacuuming, using a soft-bristle brush attachment. If the wood blinds are extra dirty, then a soft cloth with Murphy's Oil Soap or lemon oil works well.
For aluminum blinds, again a light vacuuming with a brush attachment would keep the build-up of dust and dirt to a minimum. However, if the blinds are dirty, you could use a wet cloth and mild dish soap to wash them down. If the dirt is exceptionally bad, fill the bathtub with warm water and soap, soaking the blinds overnight. Using a cloth, gently wipe the slats, taking care not to bend them. After rinsing in warm water, dry the slats off with a clean cloth and hang.
For faux wood blinds, which are another very popular choice today, you could still vacuum them with a brush attachment or for more severe dirt use a soft cloth with dusting spray or a damp cloth with mild detergent. Then you have vinyl, which is a strong and durable material for blinds. In this case, light vacuuming, a soft damp cloth with mild soap, or an overnight soak works fine.
In addition to blinds, you can keep your shades looking brand new. Cellular shades are a wonderful choice, perfect for reflecting light and heat. Simply use a feather duster for regular cleaning and if needed, use a brush attachment with the vacuum. For those heavy-duty cleaning jobs, a soft damp cloth with mild detergent is a great choice. The only thing to consider is that some cellular shades have permanent creases that should not get wet.
For cleaning Roman shades, we suggest you take the shade completely off the window. Then, place it on a flat surface and dust with the vacuum and an upholstery attachment. If you notice smudges or fingerprints, then foam upholstery cleaner is a good solution. Then, you have pleated shades to consider. For this option, again we suggest you take the shade down from the window, laying it out flat. With the vacuum upholstery attachment, go over the surface to remove any loose dust. As with the Roman shades, pleased shades can be cleaned using upholstery or fabric cleaner. Just make sure the shades are dry well before hanging up.