Cleaning your blinds may seem daunting, but follow these simple rules below and you will find it’s nowhere near as bad as you think.
Please ensure your fabric is machine washable prior to washing, if you are unsure please check.
Unclip the bottom chains and take out the weights then unhook the louvres from the head rail. Lay the louvres directly on top of each other on a flat surface. Tightly roll the louvres, ensuring there are no creases and that the edges of the louvres stay in line and tie the roll to hold it firmly together, if the roll is larger than 8 inches or 200mm in diameter then divide the louvres into smaller rolls. Place one roll in the bottom of a pillowcase and knot the pillow case. One roll must only be washed at one time. Use the woollens setting at 40’C with a mild detergent and cancel the final spin.
To dry the louvres, stand the tied roll on its end to allow excess water to drain away and then hang back on the louvre hooks, putting the weights back in the bottom. The louvres should not be hung in direct sunlight until completely dry.
Do not tumble dry or Iron
Vertical Blinds, cleaning by hand.
Remove the louvres as described above, lay the louvres on a flat surface and using a mild detergent, clean each louvre by wiping from the top to the bottom using a slightly damp cloth, don’t press too hard and don’t rub the louvre.
Dry your louvres hang back on the louvre hooks, putting the weights back in the bottom. The louvres should not be hung in direct sunlight until completely dry.
Do not tumble dry or Iron
Remove the fabric from the headrail (generally fixed with Velcro) untie the control cords from the loops on the back of the blind, remove the fibre rods from the open ended pockets.
The fabric may now be dry cleaned.
Use ordinary soft, clean dust cloths, chemically treated dust cloths, vacuum cleaner brush attachments, or other available ordinary household aids. The paint surface of the slats is quite smooth and dust is easily brushed off if done at regular intervals.
To vacuum, use the brush dust head attachment and tilt slats first up, then down (but not entirely closed) to reach the entire top and bottom surfaces.
To dust, use a soft clean cloth or chemically treated dust cloth and tilt the slats as above.
To wash, use a damp cloth or sponge and mild detergent. Use warm or cold water – NOT hot water. Tilt the slats as above. Protect the floor or sill from excess water.
Venetian blinds can also be cleaned ultrasonically by a professional cleaner.
Care must be taken when cleaning real wood blinds. Washing the blind is NOT recommended. Although the wood is sealed, water or even excessive dampness may cause warpage or discoloration of the slats. Since the surface of the slats is smooth, dust may be easily brushed off at regular intervals using a clean soft dust cloth or a vacuum cleaner brush attachment. Clean them as described above.
Most pleated blinds require very little cleaning. A light sweep with your vacuum cleaner brush attachment is all that is needed to keep them dust free. For a more thorough cleaning, the entire assembly may be gently wiped with a soft damp cloth using lukewarm (not hot) water. Take special care when handling opaque (blackout) blinds to avoid creasing, and do not immerse them in water. For tough stains, spot clean with a mild detergent. Some blinds have a “soft hand” fabric. Be very careful when trying to clean these types of blinds as they tend to “pill”.
Woodweaves are easy to care for, requiring only dusting or light vacuuming.