Choosing the right window coverings for your home is a big decision as they have such an important part to play in the liveability of the home. Window coverings protect privacy and allow light into the dwelling or keep out the weather, depending on the circumstances. The styles and materials chosen also set the scene for the overall ambiance from elegant and minimalist to modern and youthful.
Timber blinds are an easy way to add style to any window while at the same time being very versatile in terms of light and weather control. Opening the blades allows light and air into the space, making the most of natural ventilation. Closing them keeps out the hot summer sun so the rooms remain cool.
Timber Blinds Look Great but are they Easy to Clean?
Image Blinds manufactures timber venetians here in Brisbane and distributes them throughout the country. They are tremendously popular but some homeowners are concerned about keeping them clean. Your beautiful timber venetians will look attractive for years to come, just by following a few simple suggestions.
There are two types of cleaning regimes recommended. The first one is a regular weekly clean as part of the normal household routine. The second is a more thorough cleaning every three months. Neither of these is as hard as it sounds.
Use the Vacuum Cleaner for a Weekly Routine
The vacuum cleaner is the best way to keep the blinds free of dust and air-borne dirt and with the small brush attachment it is a simple task. Close the blinds and vacuum the inside of the blades then reverse them to give the same treatment to the outside of the blades. The suction action of the vacuum cleaner traps the dust, preventing it from becoming airborne, which is what happens when using a duster.
Every Three Months a More Thorough Approach
For the three month clean, start with the usual vacuum cleaner method to remove most of the loose material. Open the blinds fully so the slats are in the horizontal position. Make a solution of 1/3 vinegar and 2/3 water and wearing damp cotton gloves dipped into this solution, begin at the centre of each slat. Using both hands, take each slat between the fingers and draw the hands outwards across the slats, removing the dirt and grime from both sides at the same time.
Work from top to bottom then move on to the next timber blind. This sounds complicated, but it is actually quick and easy, especially if the weekly vacuuming has been done regularly and there is little in the way of grime built up. It also leaves the rooms with a fresh, tangy smell. With just a little effort, your timber blinds will look sensational year after year.